Allie Powell is this year's department chair for the Our Promise campaign.

Allie Powell is this year’s department chair for the Our Promise campaign.

By Don Chaddock, Inside CDCR editor

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

2014OurPromise-0126543fde8ecd416.jpgCDCR officially kicks off the Our Promise: California State Employees Giving at Work campaign with a carnival-themed free event on Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., 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.

If you are interested in volunteering or would like 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) https://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.

About the CDCR Headquarters kick-off event

The free event, running from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the atrium at CDCR Headquarters on Sept. 21, will feature charities, games, music, prize giveaways, photo booth, speakers, food and more.