Office of Community Affairs
Columbia Community Service Annual Appeal
Being a good neighbor by assisting local nonprofit organizations is an important part of Columbia's mission. Columbia Community Service is one of the oldest organizations on campus. Our yearly campaign is a means for faculty and staff of Columbia University to support soup kitchens, after-school programs, and more critical services, through direct financial contributions. With the University covering all administrative expenses, 100% of the contributions go directly to services. The grants awarded by CCS are for direct services only, and not for salaries.
History of CCS
During World War II, the Columbia University Committee for War Relief made critical contributions to the United States war effort, including the United War Fund and the American Red Cross. After the war, this group began to focus on helping the local community surrounding the University, which led to the formation of Columbia Community Service (CCS). Since its inception in 1946, CCS has helped countless people in the Columbia area by giving substantial grants and providing valuable resources to local community organizations. Membership on the Board of CCS is voluntary.
How to Apply
To be eligible for a CCS grant, your nonprofit organization must be located and offer services within one or more of the neighborhoods surrounding the University. Typically the neighborhood is defined as the area north of West 96th Street, south of West 155th Street, and between 5th Avenue on the east, and the Hudson River on the west. If you would like to obtain an application for a CCS grant, please send a written request on your organization's letterhead to the following address:
Columbia Community Service
Office of Government and Community Affairs
304 Earl Hall, Mail Code: 2025
New York, NY 10027
Your letter should state how the grant would serve your clients. Please be advised that grants cannot be used to cover salaries. Include supporting material (e.g., brochure and mission statement) and proof of your nonprofit status with your letter.