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Keep California Strong – All year
Important Dates

With 30,000 current donors and more than 290,000 employees, the State of California can make a major impact on local communities with a gift through Our Promise workplace giving campaign.

Established in 1957, Our Promise gives state employees the ability to give back through the ease of payroll deduction. While new donations can be started anytime in the year, our annual fall campaign is an opportunity to connect with thousands of certified nonprofits and learn how they are impacting communities across California.

2020 Important Dates - Campaign Timeline


To read more about the timeline of the campaign, visit our FAQs.


Virtual Celebration for the 2020 Campaign
The Our Promise Campaign Raised Over $5 Million

Virtual Celebration for the 2020 Campaign

For the first time in Our Promise history, we collaboratively developed an online platform to reach a wider audience of state employees. As such, we used an online venue to commemorate the 2020 campaign and express our gratitude for all of the state employees who contributed to Our Promise: California State Employees Giving at Work.


Four Reasons to Set Up an Our Promise Account
California State Employees Giving at Work is online

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Charitable giving is easier than ever! Our Promise has partnered with Cal Employee Connect to offer online giving for the first time in its 60-year history.

State employees will be able to create their accounts through Cal Employee Connect until November 13, 2020. Anytime after November 13th, accounts may be created through the Our Promise CA website.

Post August 2020

Our Promise 2020: Keeping California Strong for All
Gearing Up to Launch in September

Our Promise 2020: Keeping California Strong for All

Our Promise, the largest annual fundraising campaign for State employees is launching in September. Despite the challenges of the global pandemic, State agencies and departments are working to ensure that every State employee is given an informed and educated opportunity to donate to qualified non-profits throughout California.

Post July 2020

Our Promise Campaign Announces New Chair
California's Chief Service Office Josh Fryday Leads Effort to Support Nonprofits

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Our Promise: California State Employees Giving at Work is delighted to announce the appointment of Josh Fryday, Chief Service Officer at California Volunteers as the new Chair of the 2020 campaign.

“Our Promise is honored to have Mr. Fryday’s leadership,” says Tabitha Angel, Director of Our Promise. “We know his passion for service will help us connect and inspire more state employees through these unprecedented times.”


Top 10 Nonprofit Organizations of 2019

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California has spoken! Through your generosity, the Our Promise Campaign has raised over 5.7 million dollars to nonprofit organizations all over the world. Which nonprofits do you support with your designation?


Celebrating 2019 at the Thank You Breakfast and Awards
The Our Promise Campaign Raised $5.7 Million

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The Our Promise Thank You Breakfast celebrated the state employees who contributed to Our Promise: California State Employees Giving at Work. 

“The impact of this campaign is to build a richer, more vibrant, more inclusive and healthier California,” said 2019 Our Promise Chair Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, California Surgeon General. “You all work very hard as state employees. You go above and beyond to do more and to give more to help our most vulnerable is so heartening.”