By Alexandra Powell, Office of External Affairs

Our Promise: California State Employees Giving at Work, formerly known as the California State Employee Charitable Campaign, has officially begun.  The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation is one of many state agencies taking part in the initiative.

The Our Promise campaign was established in 1957 to provide a single charitable fundraising drive for the California state employee community. The campaign is rooted in the California legislature and is administered by the Victim’s Compensation and Government Claims Board.

California Government Code, Section 13923, requires every employee receive an approved list of charitable organizations, a payroll deduction form, and a designation form. It also allows for payroll deduction for an annual charitable fund drive.

During the fall, each state employee is given a payroll deduction pledge form and a donor resource guide with participating charitable organizations.  Employees may donate to a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit.
Any organization not listed in the donor resource guide may receive an employee contribution by completing the Write-In Organization section of the pledge form.  Payroll deduction donations start for as little as $5 per month. 
You can learn more about the Our Promise Campaign at