A small amount can go a long way. If you give through payroll deduction, you can give a small amount each paycheck, which adds up to a sizeable donation. For example, $10 per paycheck adds up to a $260 gift to the non-profit organization of your choice.
It saves you time and effort. You can choose to give to multiple organizations in one transaction. We do the work for you, and then you won’t have to think about your charitable giving for another year. And it’s easier at tax time – you’ll have less paperwork!
You can save trees and reduce spam. You won’t get added to any solicitation list. The charitable organizations who receive donations through UMACC are asked not to add UMACC donors to their solicitation lists.
It’s efficient for non-profit organizations. Non-profits love workplace-giving programs like UMACC, because it allows them to receive donations from multiple individuals in one check, which cuts down on their processing costs.
It helps non-profit organizations plan their finances. Each non-profit receive a report at the beginning of the year, telling them how much they can expect to receive from UMACC that year, which helps them with planning and budgeting their own finances.
It feels good. A Harvard Business School study showed that giving money to someone else made participants happier than spending it on themselves. Other studies have shown that the act of giving can promote good health, encourage cooperation and social connection, cultivate feelings of gratitude in the giver, and that our gift can spur others to give. (5 Ways Giving is Good For You, The Greater Good Science Center, UC Berkeley)
It’s an opportunity for you to be proactive and intentional about your giving. Take the time to think about what is important to you, and find organizations that match your causes.
It shows the community that UMass employees care about helping to make the world a better place. Since 1991, UMass employees have donated over $8 million through UMACC.
You can feel comfortable knowing that your donations are going to legitimate charitable organizations. All participating organizations must have 501(c)(3) status.
The vibrant area we live in is made all the more welcoming by the many non-profit organizations that serve our neighbors. Whether it’s hunger and homelessness, animal welfare, adult literacy and more, local non-profits make Western Massachusetts a great place to live!