Community Health Charities is a nonprofit that raises awareness and resources for health and wellness by connecting more than 2,000 of the most trusted health charities across the United States with more than 17 million caring employees through workplace giving campaigns, causes, wellness programs, employee engagement, and strategic partnerships. Health has never been such an urgent priority: 77% of U.S. workers suffer from at least one long-term health condition, ranging from cancer to asthma—chances are someone you know is affected.
In the early 1940s, the federal government began to set up tables where federal employees received their paychecks. The government did this to make it simple for federal employees to make a donation to local charities that were important to them.
In 1957, twelve national health charities banded together to create the National Voluntary Health Agencies™ (NVHA), creating what is known as a federation, a nonprofit organization that represents a category of charities through membership. Today, more than 34 federations work with the federal government’s Combined Federal Campaign (CFC), which is recognized as the largest workplace giving campaign in the world. It raises more than $265 million each year, and Community Health Charities annually distributes millions of public sector contributions, making it one of the campaign’s largest partners.
In 1983, the idea of a federation also became appealing to corporations in the private sector who wanted to make it easy for their employees to give to local charities. Yet the administrative and clerical costs associated with setting up, managing, and maintaining relationships with dozens of charities to implement such a campaign created a significant burden. Similar to the public sector, 13 national health charities banded together to form the Combined Health Appeal® (CHA) to provide support and services to private sector corporations and conduct workplace giving.
In 1998, NVHA and CHA merged, making Community Health Charities the largest workplace giving collaborative with a focus on health issues.
Today, Community Health Charities is a dynamic nonprofit that raises awareness and financial resources for health and wellbeing. By focusing on the most important health issues, Community Health Charities improves lives—helping individuals, children, and families—provides hope and healing, and builds stronger, healthier communities.