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What are the benefits of donating through Community Giving at MIT?

Convenient payroll deductions — spread your donation over each paycheck. Your selected agency will receive 100% of your donation — MIT doesn't deduct any administrative or credit card fees

How much is raised by Community Giving at MIT?

The campaign raised a total of $298,800 last year.

  • The MIT Community Service fund received $78,974.
  • The United Way of Massachusetts Bay received $99,619.
  • $120,206 was collected for a range of local charities chosen by donors.

When do charities receive my donation?

One-time gifts made by check or credit card are sent to the recipient organization within 30 days.

Donations made by payroll deduction to the MIT Community Service Fund and the United Way are disbursed monthly.

Donations made by payroll deduction to other nonprofits are sent via check three times a year.

What organizations are supported?

Community Giving at MIT focuses on local health and human service agencies. In addition to the MIT Community Service Fund and the United Way, donors can give to local 501(c)3 organizations that work directly to improve the lives of men and women in the Cambridge area.

Donors often wish to give to faith-based organizations, schools, libraries, and environmental or animal organizations. Community Giving at MIT campaign staff make every effort to accomodate these donations by directing them to a program that meets the required criteria. Employees are encouraged to suggest dedicated funds within their favorite organizations that support:

  • Food pantries
  • Service animal training
  • Youth and senior support services
  • Counseling, education, or community outreach

Does MIT have a matching gift program?

MIT doesn't match charitable gifts because MIT is a nonprofit institution. If you have a spouse/partner, we encourage you to check to see if his/her employer has a matching gift program. Some employers match gifts made by the employee's spouse/partner.

How can I claim my donation on my taxes?

You must obtain a receipt in order to claim a charitable tax deduction on your federal tax return. Unless you opt out, the recipient organization will send you a receipt for your donations. For gifts made by payroll deduction, save a copy of your online or printed donation form and year end pay stub that sets forth the amount withheld for payment through Community Giving at MIT.

How can I volunteer my time?

Please visit the MIT Pubic Service Center, which organizes a wide breadth of volunteer opportunities for the MIT community. You can email volunteering@mit.edu to set up a time to meet. For other opportunities to lend a helping hand, the United Way of Massachusetts Bay is a good resource to learn about volunteering across Massachusetts.

Atlas Application

Why aren’t my donations appearing on Atlas?

Only active, continuing payroll deductions have been recorded in the Atlas system. Donations that were completed before July 29, 2015 will not appear.

Can I donate by both credit card and payroll deduction on Atlas?

Yes, you may designate one set of donations by payroll deduction and make as many credit card donations as you choose.

Can I donate to multiple charities by payroll deduction on Atlas?

Yes! When setting up payroll deductions, click “add another charity” until you have enough lines for your desired charities. You can then select how much to set aside for each charity every pay period.

Atlas says I can only donate by credit card; why?

A few members of the MIT Community that use Atlas cannot donate by payroll deduction. Students, affiliates, and unpaid employees will only be able to donate by credit card using the Atlas application.

If you are a paid employee who is not able to select payroll deduction as a payment method, you probably have an active payroll donation already set up. To review or change your donations, you must find your current donation on the main Charitable Contributions page.

How can I (increase the amount of/add a new deduction to) my current payroll deductions?

Find your current payroll deductions in the list at the top of the Atlas Charitable Giving page, and click the pencil icon at the right to make edits. You can add another charity to your current list of deductions by clicking “add another charity” and designating the amount you would like set aside each week. You can also edit the amount pledged to your previous deductions.

How can I set up my payroll deductions for next year?

If you would like to have changes to your deductions that come into effect at the end of this year, please visit the Charitable Contributions page after the year is over to make your new designations.

If you would like to set your current deductions to continue into next year, you must first cancel your current payments (by clicking the pencil-shaped edit icon and “cancel all future payments”). You can then set up a new donation to start immediately with a new end date.

Why is my charity not on the list of charities in Atlas?

Please check that you have spelled your charity correctly, and please be aware of grammatical differences (Rosie’s Place vs. Rosies Place). If you find that your charity is still not on our list, don’t fret! You can type in your charity name and click “Add your desired charity to our list”.

We’ll ask you for some additional information so that we can locate the correct charity, verify its 501(c)(3) status, and check that it fits the guidelines of Community Giving at MIT. If everything checks out, your charity should be approved within two business days. You’ll receive an email with a link to the Charitable Contributions page so that you can finish making your donations.

Can I donate 50 cents per pay period?

No; donations through Atlas must be made in whole dollar amounts per pay period.

Can I still donate by cash/check/securities? How?

Yes, you can! Simply fill out our paper donation form and send it to our office at E38-234. Please make all checks out directly to the charity of your choice. Checks made out to Community Giving at MIT will delay processing.

Can I donate to a specific United Way agency or cause?

Donations to the United Way made through the Atlas application cannot be directed to a specific supported agency or impact fund. If you would like to donate to a specific agency supported by the United Way, we encourage you to make the donation directly to the agency by selecting that charity from our list.