The FY24 Community Connection Campaign (CCC) closed on December 14, 2023 and set new records. During the Campaign, our staff and retirees in HQ and country offices pledged $6.7 million, which the World Bank matched 100%. In total, over $13M were disbursed to organizations around the world.
Globally, over 82% of staff from 134 countries contributed with their own money to the campaign.
The CCC runs each year in November and December and is promoted by a grassroots network of staff volunteers. Staff and retirees can pledge to over 400 organizations around the world, all nominated and supported by their colleagues. Their gifts are collected through the next calendar year and distributed quarterly to support the organizations’ general operations. Staff may also donate to the General Fund, which finances capital campaigns meeting pressing needs in the Washington metropolitan region and organizations where many staff volunteer. In recent years, the General Fund has supported capital projects at Bread for the City, Capital Area Food Bank, Community of Hope, DC Central Kitchen, District Alliance for Safe Housing (DASH) and Higher Achievement.
Following the General Fund’s response to COVID-19 and racial injustice in previous years, in 2022 the General Fund focused on workforce development programs. Grants were awarded to CASA, New Futures, Jubilee Jobs, and La Cocina (Kitchen of Purpose). In addition, the General Fund issued Capital Campaign construction grants to Horton’s Kids, Good Shepherd Housing, and CASA.
The CCC is the starting point for nonprofits interested in engaging with the Bank’s corporate philanthropy program. For information about how your organization can join the CCC, please see "Joining the CCC" below.
Joining the CCC
The HQ Community Connections Campaign (CCC) is the workplace giving program of the World Bank Group at its Washington DC offices, which is conducted over a two-month period in November and December each year. The Campaign's purpose is primarily to provide support to local nonprofit organizations operating in the Washington, DC metropolitan community. Given the nature of the World Bank Group's mission, it also supports some international development and relief organizations, as well as some national organizations that have substantial activities in the Washington region.
To be considered for inclusion in the Campaign, an organization must meet the requirements outlined in this document. To receive matching funds, an organization must continue to meet these requirements.
NOTE: The below organizational criteria have been approved by the World Bank Community Connections Fund (WBCCF) Board of Directors for the FY25 Community Connections Campaign. Any organizations already on the CCC list prior to this Campaign that might not meet all of these criteria can possibly be "grandfathered" on to the list.
Application and Approval Process for FY25 World Bank Group (WBG) Headquarters Community Connections Campaign (HQCCC)
I. Application and Approval Process for New Non-Profit Applicants to the HQ CCC
Step 1: Review the CCC Eligibility Criteria (see below).
Step 2: Ten (10) World Bank Group (WBG [IBRD, IDA, IFC, ICSID and MIGA]) staff members, consultants, and/or retirees nominate the non-profit.
Step 3: The non-profit completes the CCC application form and submits all required attachments.
Step 4: The application and attachments are reviewed by CCC staff to determine the non-profit’s eligibility under the CCC Criteria.
Step 5: The non-profit is informed of the decision based on the approval process.
CCC ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA
The HQ CCC focuses on non-profits serving the community of the WBG Headquarters in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, and on global non-profits operating in WBG client countries. As a result, non-profits must have active operations focused on supporting communities in either (1) the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area or (2) three or more client countries of the World Bank Group.
2. The non-profit must:
- Provide services and be actively involved in helping to improve the lives of poor and disadvantaged people and/or contributing to the socio-economic, civic, and cultural well-being of said communities on a livable planet;
- Have a record of success in operations, program implementation, and financial management;
- Have an engaged Board of Directors that is involved in its activities;
- Have a policy and practice of inclusivity and equal opportunity;
- Have appropriate permits, authorizations, licenses, and registrations required for activities related to its operations at its location(s);
- Be incorporated as an income-tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization under the U.S. Internal Revenue Service Code;
- Account for its funds according to US GAAP, conduct an annual independent financial audit and submit at least two consecutive independent financial audits at the time of application;
- Submit with the application the most recent IRS Form 990 Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax;
- Produce an annual narrative report to the public and submit it with the application;
- Have objectives and activities that are consistent with the World Bank Group’s mission of a world free of poverty on a livable planet; and
- Not pose a reputational risk, harm, or damage to the World Bank Group.
3. The following types of organizations are NOT eligible for the CCC:
- Schools - elementary, middle, or high school; college or university; parent-teacher association or similar school-related groups
- Hospitals or hospital foundations
- Fraternities or sororities
- Sports clubs or centers
- Organizations organized primarily for religious, political, or think tank purposes
- Organizations organized primarily to fund a government entity and/or program
4. The non-profit must attest that funds received from the CCC will not be used to directly support political, soldiers/military, governmental or religious purposes.
II. Renewal Application Process for Non-Profits Already in the HQ CCC
Step 1: Review the CCC Eligibility Criteria, including additional eligibility criteria applicable to renewing non-profits.
Step 2: The non-profit completes the CCC renewal application form and submits all required attachments.
Step 3: The application and attachments are reviewed by CCC staff to determine the non-profit’s eligibility for renewal and inclusion in CCC.
Step 4: The non-profit is informed of the decision based on the approval process.
Eligibility Criteria for Renewing Non-Profits:
- The non-profit must continue to meet the CCC Eligibility Criteria set forth in paragraphs 1, 2, 3 and 4.
- To join the next CCC, a renewing non-profit must have received donations from at least ten (10) donors that together total at least $1,000 in the prior CCC.
If a renewing organization does not meet the minimum support level, World Bank Group staff, consultants, and/or retirees can re-nominate it for inclusion in the next CCC as a "new" non-profit. However, if the organization is re-nominated and fails to meet the minimum requirement for a second consecutive CCC, it will be removed from the list and will remain ineligible for two years.
- The World Bank Group typically provides a corporate contribution to match staff and retiree donations. The matching percentage is set each year. Organizations that already receive significant in-kind support from the World Bank Group may not be eligible for the corporate match.
WBG Staff Donor Notes
- Contributions to WBGCCF may be tax deductible; donors should consult with their own tax advisors as the tax deductibility of their donations.
- Campaign donations may not be used to cover the costs of benefits received by the donor from the recipient organization, including for example a donor's membership dues.
Last Updated: Feb 09, 2024