From left, Corinne Isberner, Staff Counsel III (Specialist) with OLA, Jeffrey Callison, Assistant Secretary of OPEC, and Holly Stewart, Associate Governmental Program Analyst with OPEC. Photo by Tia Gemmell Photography

The 2016 Our Promise Campaign – previously the California State Employees Charitable Campaign (CSECC) – has finally concluded and the results are in. The 2016 campaign raised $6.1 million for nonprofit organizations throughout the state, country and world.  Over $569,000 of that monumental amount is because of over 3,600 CDCR donors contributing to meaningful foundations, as low as $5 each month from their paychecks.

(Editor’s note: The CDCR total likely will grow because all the donations from CDCR employees have not yet been tallied.)

The event honored the committed and hard-working department and agency Chairs, Vice Chairs, Key Connectors and other campaign volunteers, who worked to spread the word about the opportunity to give back, and the 32,000 state employees who contributed to Our Promise: California State Employees Giving at Work.

The successful 2016 Our Promise Campaign was headed by the CDCR Department Chair Alexandra Powell, Public Information Officer I, and her Executive Hand Holly Stewart, Associate Governmental Program Analyst with the Office of Public and Employee Communications (OPEC). This year, their leadership was shadowed by Corinne Isberner,

Alexandra Powell was the 2016 department chair for CDCR.

Staff Counsel III (Specialist), with the Office of Legal Affairs (OLA) as the Campaign Vice Chair.

Isberner is already gearing up full steam ahead for the 2017 Campaign, with the help of OLA’s enthusiastic Student Assistant Amber Campbell.  Looking ahead, Isberner said, “I am honored to get to serve as next year’s CDCR Campaign Chair. As a really large state department, CDCR has some unique opportunities to make a really big impact in charitable giving.  Amber and I are already in early campaign planning mode.”

With early planning comes the need for volunteers and Executive support.

“Without the backing of enthusiasm and drive from Executives and volunteers, the campaign wouldn’t be successful.  Especially with a Department of CDCR’s size, our Executive Team Members, Campaign Liaisons, Division Coordinators and Key Connectors are all instrumental to our operation and the reason for our achievement every year,” said Powell.

Organizers say volunteering is “fun and rewarding, and builds leadership, teamwork and passion in our Department.”

If you would like to volunteer, know of anyone who could be influential in the 2017 Campaign or have any creative input to share, contact Corinne Isberner at

What is Our Promise?

The Our Promise Campaign spans from September through the end of October each year.  During this two-month window, each state agency and their departments run their campaign to ensure that each state employee is educated about the opportunity to donate through one-time donations and/or monthly payroll deduction.

The benefit of a monthly payroll deduction to your charity of choice provides the nonprofit with consistent cash flow throughout the year, enabling their ability to operate and provide services against a one-time donation. The benefits to the state employee include promoting teamwork in the workplace, enabling the employee to donate more than a one-time gift and last but not least, it’s tax deductible.