Featured Workplace Partners

Capital University

The workplaces that we partner with are one of the most important components of what we do at Community Shares. These are the people who are inspired by the work that our member nonprofits are doing. Their support of the many nonprofit missions goes a long way in making Central Ohio a better place, and because of that we are extremely excited to create new relationships with them. Capital University is one of the many great workplaces that we have a relationship with and a great example of how we approach our business partnerships.

If you're a Columbus native chances are you already know a lot about Capital University. Located in Bexley, Capital is a private liberal-arts university with undergraduate and graduate programs, as well as a prestigious law school. Capital is the oldest university in Central Ohio and is one of the oldest and largest Lutheran-affiliated universities in North America. Discover why Capital decided to offer our workplace giving campaigns.

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What does your business or organization do?

Founded in 1830, Capital University transforms lives through higher education. We are the oldest institution of higher education in Central Ohio and offer undergraduate and graduate programs to approximately 3,600 students a year. We are a comprehensive, independent university grounded in the Lutheran tradition. We prepare students to contribute to the world – through both their professional lives and personal service.


How did you hear about Community Shares?

With so many community connections and commitments already established among Capital employees, alumni and friends, many of us were already familiar with the good done by Community Shares. Our partnership with Community Shares is an extension of our outreach commitment to address the needs of the Central Ohio.


What kind of philanthropic work does your business or organization already do?

Capital University students, alumni, faculty and staff devote countless hours to show they care through activities that make a global impact – whether it's aroundfountain at Capital University the corner or around the world. Our students volunteer at soup kitchens, build houses for the homeless, tutor children, clean up parks and organize blood drives. Our faculty and staff lead trips abroad to promote healthcare in Mexico, education in Costa Rica and unity in South Africa. Our alumni volunteer to serve as missionaries, healthcare professionals and educators to help those less fortunate in the United States and around the world. In 2012, Capital partnered with Columbus City Schools, Barack Community Recreation Center, Whole Foods Market and Franklin Park Conservatory to support a community garden and cooking and nutrition program benefitting a local inner city neighborhood.


Why did you decide to offer Community Shares to your employees?

Capital believes in what Community Shares believes in. We believe social responsibility and civic engagement are central to who we are today and who we have been for the last 182 years. Those core values are defining factors of our Lutheran heritage and liberal arts tradition. Our partnership with Community Shares creates an easy and meaningful way for the Capital family to give back to the local community and to play a role in solving persistent issues facing Central Ohio.


How difficult was the entire process?

Community Shares of Mid Ohio makes it very easy to partner with them. The process is already in place and its staff worked with us to create a program specific to the goals of Capital University.


Would you recommend other businesses and organizations offer Community Shares?

Without hesitation! It's a great way to build relationships throughout the community while showcasing the character of your employees.


How large is your business?

Capital University employs approximately 500 faculty and staff and educates approximately 3,600 students in undergraduate and graduate programs at its mainCapital University students campus in Bexley and its Law School in downtown Columbus.


Anything you'd like to say to businesses that are considering having Community Shares available to their employees?

It's a win-win situation for your employees and the Central Ohio community. The staff of Community Shares will help you every step of the way.


What is your favorite thing about your community?

For Capital students, Columbus presents a world of opportunity – both before and after graduation. As the country's 15th largest city, the state capital, the hub of Ohio government and the headquarters of several Fortune 500 companies, Columbus offers innumerable opportunities for hands-on learning through internships, externships, clinical and classroom teaching experiences. It also is an inviting and energizing city in which to live and work after graduation.



Columbus Food League

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We love food at Community Shares, especially local food. When Columbus Food League approached us to to provide their employees the opportunity to support their community through our member charities, we couldn't resist working with some of the tastiest restaurants in Columbus.

Columbus Food League is known for some of the most popular restauarnts in Columbus including Betty's, Surly Girl, Dirty Frank's, Tip Top, and the Jury Room. Their goal isn't just to deliver great tasting food, but to also give back to the community. Learn how Community Shares of Mid Ohio helps Columbus Food League contribute to a strong and philanthropic business community.

What does your business do?

Columbus Food League is an alliance of socially, financially and environmentally responsible restaurant concepts dedicated to enriching the lives of those who work, play and dine in Columbus.

How did you hear about Community Shares?

As our mission is to stay very involved in contributing to a strong and philanthropic business community in Columbus, it was natural that we have crossed paths with Community Shares through various events and projects and are now able to take advantage of the payroll contribution program for our employees.


What kind of philanthropic work does your business already do?

We have a Charitable Giving Program at CFL that reaches over 60 local Columbus organizations each year. Our Community Partner Days collaborate with a local non-profit or organization to donate 10% of our food sales for the day to their fundraising efforts. We also support larger scale events through volunteer support and partner with social entrepreneurs in related fields to improve and increase their impact on the community.

Why did you decide to offer Community Shares to your employees?

Our staff is extremely hard working and give back so much to our industry and restaurant group. Although some do not have the time to actively participate in volunteering, the Community Shares payroll contribution program allows them to give back in a way that is minimal effort on their part but still makes a huge impact!

How difficult was the entire process?

So far the process has been extremely smooth! COSMO helped us to brand the contribution program specifically for our company and create a standard process and procedure tailored to our group that ensures all concerns and changes can be addressed easily and seamlessly.

Would you recommend other businesses to offer Community Shares?

Yes of course! All employees should have the option to give back so easily to our community. It is also great to support a local organization supporting local charity so that we know the positive impact is felt directly here in Columbus.

What were your initial concerns about offering Community Shares?

Our initial concerns concern the nature of our business in that severs and bartenders have very little pay remaining on their paycheck after taxes. This is something we are noticing does affect the amount that they can sometimes contribute to their Community Shares election, however, we will keep working on this to communicate the value to employees and clear up confusion of how the contribution is affected. Other concerns were if employees could add or drop at any time throughout the the year and this has been easy to address. As we hold orientation for new hires, we offer the COSMO opportunity and we have a form in place if people need to adjust their contribution or cancel them completely.

How large is your business?

150 Employees - 5 restaurants

What is your favorite thing about Columbus?

Our sense of pride in who we are and who we become as a city and the no-nonsense attitude that we can and will get anything done that we put our minds to. There is a palpable consciousness of social and civic responsibility that is spreading through a community of ready and talented entrepreneurs, activists and connected citizens that is truly unique!


Fulcrum Creatives

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We love the workplaces that we partner with to provide their employees the opportunity to support their community through our member charities. When a new workplace decides to work with us, an excitement builds as we begin to create a great relationship with them. Fulcrum Creatives is a great example for how we approach and build relationships into partnerships.

You've probably seen Fulcrum Creatives work through local favorites like Local Matters, Middle West Spirits, and Columbus Food Adventures to name a few. Fulcrum Creatives provide services ranging from brand design, development, and positioning to web design, print design, video, and photography. They also focus on the triple bottom line: people, planet, and profit, which has helped them enhance both the community and their clients' bottom line. Learn how Community Shares of Mid Ohio helps Fulcrum Creative achieve their triple bottom line.

What does your business do?

Fulcrum Creatives specializes in creating, elevating, and sustaining brands for organizations that positively impact their communities.

How did you hear about Community Shares?

I saw your logo around town, and knew you were involved with Simply Living, who is one of your clients. Then I went to the event you had last year partnering your clients with local business who offer services they would maybe like.


What kind of philanthropic work does your business already do?

We work with organizations that make a positive impact in one or more of these three areas (that we happen to be incredibly passionate about).      Edible Columbus magazine designed by Fulcrum Creatives

People. Our clients improve and enhance people's lives. They help those in need. Foster potential. Add color to our culture and depth to our experiences.

Planet. Our clients are stewards of the Earth. They advocate for environmentally sound practices. And actively practice what they preach.

Prosperity. Our clients are the engines of local economies. They are driven not only to sell products — but by the larger impact their products can make in the world.

We act on these three principles of People, Planet, and Prosperity on a number of ways including giving lectures to college design students on the roles and responsibilities of designers in our society, pro-bono brand development work for one nonprofit annually (those with an operating budgets of $1 million), putting on events such as Cause Collaborative — a forum for local nonprofits to come together and share ideas, thereby strengthening our community.

Also Jason is on the board of ROYGBIV so is giving back to the arts community and I am actively involved in community gardening which helps beautify our neighborhoods and creates more access for local healthy foods.

Why did you decide to offer Community Shares to your employees?

Community Shares was a natural fit for our business and we are excited to continue to grow with them. Our values of people, planet and prosperity line up well with Community Shares. Also we like the payment plan system — it is an easy way for our employees to donate monthly, without even having to think about it — and do it in an affordable way that over time adds up but monthly is easy to attain.

How difficult was the entire process?

It was not difficult. I think I am the difficult part of the process — hah!

Would you recommend other businesses to offer Community Shares?

Absolutely. It is a great fit for small and medium size businesses who might not have an active corporate responsibility policy — so Community Shares can be that extension.

What were your initial concerns about offering Community Shares?Middle West Spirits website designed by Fulcrum Creatives

That we are too small of a business to make much of a difference.

How large is your business?

We have two business owners, two employees, and a network of trusted sub-contractors.

Anything you'd like to say to businesses who are considering having Community Shares available to their employees?

That it doesn't cost your business anything. All you have to do is have a payroll service set up, and they will take care of it for you.

What is your favorite thing about Columbus?

We love the diversity of people and offerings that Columbus has to offer. We also feel there is a lot of opportunity and potential for small businesses and nonprofits to have a place to grow. There is always an event going on or something to do. There is a large, thriving creative class and it's inspiring to be a part of it.


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