The Campaign’s Governing Board
The Department of General Services (DGS) is the governing
board for the Our Promise Campaign. Annually DGS selects an
organization that is responsible for managing the Our Promise
initiative for a specific region in California. This is referred
to as the Principal Combined Fund Drive (PCFD). DGS contracts
with United Way California Capital Region as the PCFO or
lead, to run the campaign. Then United Way California
Capital Region subcontracts with 25 local United Ways to run the
A Closer Look at PCFDs (Local Campaign Support)
For 2021 there are 24 organizations that provide local
campaign support. These organizations will work in
partnership with their regional department locations to support
various aspects of Our Promise for state employees such as:
- Assist with pledge forms within local offices for each
- Serve as a liaison to the state department and their
employees in that region
- Assisting campaign volunteers with all Our Promise materials
- Coordinating campaign events and speakers for meetings
- Providing volunteer training
- Assist with year-round donor customer service
- Pay out the nonprofit designations selected by donors
Find local campaign support
The State Controller’s Office Important Role
Once a state employee completes their pledge form, they are
authorizing the State Controller’s Office (SCO) to deduct
their specific monthly payroll deduction amount, including a
$0.40 fee per transaction. The SCO then provides these payments
to United Way California Capital Region to pay donor
designations to the selected nonprofits.
The local organization that manages your nonprofit designations
on your pledge form does not deduct your pay warrant
contribution. Only the SCO has the authority to deduct your
contribution from your pay warrant.
Our Promise is Easy!
Our Promise: California State Employees Giving at Work is an
employee benefit for those who would like to donate to
nonprofits through the convenience of payroll deduction.
There are thousands of nonprofits listed here, which were vetted and approved
by the Department of General Services (DGS) or donors may
choose to give to any 501(c)(3) nonprofit by utilizing the
“Write-In Nonprofit” feature in the Our Promise ePledge.
Payroll deduction donations start for as little as $5 per month!