Columbia Community Service (CCS) is one of the oldest organizations on campus.  Its yearly campaign is a means for faculty and staff to 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.  An employee-driven campaign, CCS, solicits donations from faculty and staff from Columbia University, Barnard College, and Teachers College to provide grants to 50 Upper Manhattan nonprofits.

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. 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.

As of April 2014, Columbia Community Service grants benefit:

Adults and Children in Trust (A.C.T.) – High School Internship Program 

Alexander Robertson School

America SCORES! New York

Arts and Minds

Ballet Hispanico of New York

Behind the Book

Bloomingdale School of Music

Broadway Community, Inc. 

Broadway Presbyterian Church Nursery School

Cathedral Community Cares

Children’s Learning Center at Morningside Heights

Columbia Tennis Center – Tennis Development Program

Community Impact

Corpus Christi School

Doing Art Together, Inc.

Everybody Wins! New York

The Family Annex

Figure Skating in Harlem, Inc.

Friends of the Children New York

Graham Windham / Harlem Beacon Center – Family Enrichment Program

Hale House Center, Inc. 

Harlem Academy

The Harlem Chamber Players, Inc.

Harlem Educational Activities Fund, Inc. (H.E.A.F)

Harlem Hospital Adult HIV/AIDS Services

Harlem Lacrosse and Leadership

Harlem Youth Baseball Association, Inc.

Health Leads, Inc.

Legal Outreach, Inc. – Summer Law Institute

Lifeforce in Later Years, Inc. (L.i.LY)

Morningside Retirement & Health Services

P.A.’ L.A.N.T.E Harlem, Inc.

Pediatric Resource Project at Harlem Hospital Center

Purple Circle Day Care Center, Inc.

The Red Balloon Day Care Center, Inc.

Rev. Linnette C. Williamson Memorial Park Association: Arts & Gardens Summer Youth Program

Riverside Park Tiemann Place Volunteers

Saint Mary’s Episcopal Church Soup Kitchen and Food Pantry

Service Program for Older People, Inc. (SPOP) 

SNACK & Friends, Inc.

SoHarlem Creative Outlet

StreetSquash, Inc.

Top Honors, Inc.

Uptown Inner City League

West Harlem Environmental Action (WE ACT for Environmental Justice)

Wendy Hilliard Foundation

West Side Campaign Against Hunger