By Don Chaddock, Inside CDCR editor

All across California, state workers are donating funds to their favorite charities through the Our Promise campaign.

CDCR officially kicks off the Our Promise: California State Employees Giving at Work campaign with a carnival-themed free event on Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016 in the atrium of CDCR Headquarters in Sacramento.

This year’s CDCR campaign is chaired by Allie Powell, a public information officer with the Office of Public and Employee Communications.

To learn more about opportunities to volunteer or to learn more about this year’s campaign, contact Allie, Department Chair, at or Holly Stewart at; or visit the our promise site or (for employees) http://intranet/ADM/DSS/hr/oew/CSECC/Pages/CSECC.aspx.

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.

For additional information about the CDCR, please call the Office of External Affairs at
(916) 445-4950.