Who We Are


Community Shares is dedicated to supporting Tennessee social change organizations in order to promote a more just and caring community. Its purpose is to raise funds for its member groups, primarily through employee giving campaigns, to foster a strong and viable network of social change organizations in Tennessee, and to provide members with training and technical assistance.


We believe there is a grossly inequitable distribution of wealth, resources and power, which leads to major gaps between rich and poor, and a poor quality of life for the majority. We believe significant change happens when we address these problems at the systems and institutional levels, as well as at the individual levels. Additionally, we believe that the people being affected by a problem should be involved in the decisions and problem-solving processes.


Community Shares defines social change as work which: promotes a more equitable distribution of resources, wealth, and power; gives people the tools to act together to affect change on a systems level; eliminates the social, economic, cultural, and political barriers that keep people from fully participating in society; and promotes respect for the environment and its sustainability.


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