About EarthShare

What we do

EarthShare is a national non-profit organization with more than 25 years of experience in connecting people and workplaces with effective ways to support critical environmental causes. Together we've raised more than $300 million for programs that care for our air, land, water, wildlife and public health -- in your community, across the U.S. and around the world.

Each year EarthShare connects hundreds of thousands of individuals with environmental and conservation charities through EarthShare @ Work, an employee engagement and philanthropy program offered at hundreds of public and private sector workplaces across the country. EarthShare @ Work gives employees meaningful opportunities to connect, contribute, and volunteer, helping to embed sustainability awareness into decision making and actions at work and at home.

EarthShare represents dozens of national organizations and hundreds of state-based groups in 21 states. Our mission: To engage individuals and organizations in building a healthy and sustainable environment.

EarthShare also manages workplace charity campaigns for employers, including the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) of the National Capital Area, offering workplace giving opportunities to federal and military employees. Other campaign management includes the CFC for New York City and the State of Georgia campaign.

EarthShare is a registered 501(c)(3); EIN 52-1601960.

Our goal

EarthShare's goal is to be your trusted and proven way to support America's most respected environmental and conservation charities, whether it's through your workplace or on your own!

We've worked hard to earn your trust! EarthShare consistently receives high ratings for sound fiscal management from independent charity evaluators and is a Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance Accredited Charity.

Our Annual Report, Conflict of Interest Policy, Guidestar financial profile, and financial reports and 990 are available online for your review.

Frequently Asked Questions

What does EarthShare do?
EarthShare develops and manages employee engagement and giving campaigns to increase support for its member charities and help our workplace partners achieve their philanthropic and CSR goals. Our program inspires employee engagement, raises critical funding by allowing employees to pledge a small amount from each paycheck, and builds awareness about environmental issues that affect all of us.

What is EarthShare @ Work?
EarthShare @ Work engages employees and helps them connect with and contribute to eligible, screened charities through payroll contributions or credit card gifts. EarthShare @ Work is an easy way for employers and employees to give back to communities and address important issues impacting our country and the world. The charities involved have the advantage of receiving stable, regular funding with little or no administrative costs.

EarthShare @ Work supports CSR initiatives and a company’s philanthropic and sustainability goals. Our toolkit includes:

What charities & causes can I support through EarthShare?
EarthShare's member charities represent the full range of environmental issues. Just one general donation to EarthShare can touch all of these causes. On the other hand, if you have a preference you may direct your gift to one or more specific member organizations. The choice is yours.

How much of my donation goes to the member charities?
EarthShare’s member charities receive 100% of all contributions designated to them by donors. While overhead is not the best gauge of a nonprofit's effectiveness, EarthShare also has one of the lowest overheads of any comparable federation: 6.3% of our budget goes to administrative and fundraising costs. Overhead rates vary from state to state for campaigns including EarthShare's affiliates. Learn more about the charity overhead topic here.

How do I know EarthShare member charities are responsible & effective?
EarthShare requires applicant organizations to meet 17 different criteria before they're considered for membership. Our strict eligibility criteria were established so our partners and donors can be sure EarthShare  represents outstanding charities that operate with the highest possible ethical and professional standards. All current members undergo annual reviews.

I'm ready to give at work but my campaign requires that I provide your EIN - what is it?
EarthShare is a registered 501(c)(3) and our EIN (employee identification number) is 52-1601960. And thanks for considering a donation!

What's next - how do I get involved? Let us help you introduce EarthShare @ Work to your U.S.-based workplace. We're here to support and guide you, whether you're an employee or an employer. Email us or call us at 800.875.3863 to get started.

If you'd like to help right now, you can make a tax-deductible, secure online donation.

I'm with a nonprofit organization -- how can we become a benefiting EarthShare member charity? EarthShare conducts a member consideration cycle once a year, which happens in the late May timeframe. For more information on the application process and eligibility criteria, please contact us at info@earthshare.org.