Cap Times editorial posted December 26, 2014

Community Shares is worthy choice for year-end donation

The end of another year is rapidly approaching, but before it does, now would be a good time to help Community Shares’ annual fund drive.

Community Shares of Wisconsin is a collective of more than 60 member nonprofits, many of which are involved in social justice causes.

Members include, for example, the Wisconsin Council on Children and Families, the educational nonprofit that fights racial disparities and compiled the startling report earlier this year of the huge racial gap in Madison.

Then there’s the River Alliance of Wisconsin, which advocates to keep our drinking water clean and safe. It’s estimated that 1.5 million tons of manure were annually entering the Kewaunee County aquifer and turning drinking water brown. Its discovery has resulted in action being taken to fight the pollution.

Midwest Environmental Advocates, Freedom Inc., the Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault, Wisconsin Literacy and UNIDOS Against Domestic Violence are other examples of the kinds of nonprofits that annually share in the funds collected during the CSW campaign.

Mike McCabe, the outgoing director of the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, another nonprofit that is helped by Community Shares, commented that it “gets harder every day to sustain this kind of work and it’s incredibly valuable that CSW is there to support groups like ours.”

The WDC, of course, monitors the often-lavish contributions that flow into politicians’ campaigns. Its work allows voters to understand which causes are supporting which candidates so they can make more informed decisions at election time.

Several local companies and institutions participate in the Community Shares’ annual drive through payroll deduction options. Others can participate by going to and making a year-end contribution to help 60 worthy causes.

We urge you take part.




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