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Retiree Giving

Are you planning on retiring soon? Did you know that you still can contribute to your favorite nonprofits via payroll deduction through your CalPERS retiree check?

It’s a great way to keep giving back to your community, and so easy to do. Please fill out the pledge form and complete Option 3. Then fill out section 8 on the pledge form to designate your gift to the nonprofits of your choice. 


Find a Nonprofit

There are thousands of nonprofit organizations represented in Our Promise. Use the search box below to search by nonprofit name, zip code, keyword, service description, etc.

Tip: We find that KEY WORD searches sometimes work best.


Kamala Harris
Attorney General

California state workers are the heart of our communities and their generosity in supporting Our Promise is one more way they prove it. I applaud everyone who has contributed to this worthy program and encourage others to get involved.


Behind the Scenes

Filling  out a pledge form

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 PCFD. DGS contracts with United Way California Capital Region as the PCFO or lead, to run the campaign. Then UWCCR subcontracts with 25 local United Ways to run the campaign statewide. 

A Closer Look at PCFDs (local United Way’s)

For 2019 there are 24 PCFDs (Local United Way’s) who 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 department
  • 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 your PCFD

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. The SCO then provides these payments to UWCCR to pay donor designations to the selected nonprofits. 

The PCFD 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” section of the Our Promise pledge form.

Payroll deduction donations start for as little as $5 per month!


Contact Us

There are Our Promise locations throughout the State of California. Let us know your question and we’ll send your request to the appropriate location. Feel free to contact one of our staff members listed below or call the Donor Services Hotline at 1-916-368-3000.



Key Connectors

The 2019 Key Connector training materials provide information about your role as a committed, passionate advocate responsible for the solicitation of a specific number of employees in your department, reviewing your primary responsibilities of the distribution, collection and verification of all pledge forms and more importantly, inspiring others to contribute to the collective impact of Our Promise.




Find answer to all of your questions about Our Promise: California State Employees Giving at Work. What is a PCFD? Where does my money go? How do I cancel my contribution?


Campaign Materials

We have provided the tools and resources that our campaign volunteers need to conduct a successful campaign, from a donor pledge form to sample letters and templates such as a business solicitation letter to help with your special event planning. These materials are easily able to be downloaded for your use. 


Donor Resource Guide

2019 OP DRG Cover image

Let’s make a promise for a bigger, better, brighter year for California. Get inspired by the 2019 Donor Resource Guide and see how your donation can make a difference in your community and across the state.

This year’s DRG provides an insightful overview on how Our Promise works, a welcome letter from our new campaign chair, the history of the campaign, easy ways to get involved (payroll deduction, volunteerism, retiree giving, etc.) and a look at what goes on in the campaign throughout the year.