The Department of General Services (DGS) selects an organization that is responsible for managing the Our Promise initiative for a specific region in California. This is referred to as Principal Combined Fund Drive (PCFD). For the past 60 years, United Ways have served as the PCFD. Your local PCFD coordinates the annual workplace giving campaign for your region.
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
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!
I previously worked with children and teens with autism, teaching them new skills and facilitating their independence. I have always had a passion for helping others and although I was doing that before, here at Our Promise, I am able to do the same except on a much larger scale.
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.
I am very excited to be a part of the Our Promise campaign team! Before my work in the nonprofit sector, I had a career in Hospitality and Sales. While I did enjoy what I was doing more or less, I didn’t feel like my work was fulfilling; I didn’t have as much of a sense of purpose as I was looking for.
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?
DEAR GOLDEN STATE EMPLOYEES:
For more than 62 years, you and your fellow employees have given back to those in need through the Our Promise campaign. In that time, you have raised hundreds of millions of dollars for organizations doing exemplary work to build stronger communities.