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News and Events

The latest news and information about Our Promise. View upcoming events, sign up for the newsletter or submit an event for our calendar.

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Our Promise Campaign Chairs
New chairs announced annually

Our Promise Campaign Chairs

Our Promise California State Employees Giving at Work is honored to host dynamic chairs from different state agencies during the campaign that runs annually October-December. State agencies – along with other departments – work to ensure that every state employee is given the opportunity to donate to philanthropic organizations throughout the state. During the campaign, employees can give to any 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization having as low as $5 per pay cycle deducted from their wages.

Our Promise Chairs

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YOU Made All the Difference
One-Time Donations Now Available Year-Round

Woman wearing mask and cap holding a cardboard box of food labeled "LA Region Food Bank". Text: SPRING Into ACTION

With your support, the Our Promise Spring into Action campaign raised more than $10,500 to support nonprofits across the state! Each one-time donation made a difference to California’s recovery. And now, you can make a one-time donation to a cause of your choice at any time by logging into Cal Employee Connect, giving you more flexibility to respond directly to current events.

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Spring into Action Results at a Glance

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Celebrating the 2021 Campaign Donors and Volunteers
The Our Promise Campaign Raised Nearly $5 Million

Celebrating the 2021 Campaign Donors and Volunteers

Despite another challenging year for California, thousands of state employees continued to support their favorite causes through Our Promise: California State Employees Giving at Work in 2021.

“I’m honored to recognize my colleagues in state government for their hard work and commitment to the Our Promise program,” said 2021 Our Promise Co-Chair Josh Fryday, California’s Chief Service Officer.

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Our Promise Champion: Kathleen Webb, State Controller’s Office
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Our Promise Champion: Kathleen Webb, State Controller’s Office

Proud public servant and Champion for nonprofits, Kathleen Webb, Chief Operating Officer at the California State Controller’s Office, has used her influence as a state leader to support the #OurPromiseCA program for many years. Learn about how her passion and purpose stemmed from her upbringing in a household of engaged community members.

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Our Promise Live: My Sister’s House
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Our Promise Live: My Sister’s House

Meet Nilda Valmores, the Executive Director, and learn about what My Sister’s House is doing to support survivors of domestic violence/human trafficking during this challenging time and how you can support them through a donation.

Survivors of domestic violence/human trafficking may be provided with culturally sensitive counseling, shelter, housing, legal, and employment services by calling the 24/7 crisis line.

If you’re inspired to donate to My Sister’s House, enter OP Code 12453 through your e-Pledge.

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Focus on Health in August
Learn About and Support California's Nonprofits

Collage of photos: hands in a circle for Multiethnic Donor Awareness Month, syringe and virus images for National Immunization Awareness Month,  person's back with sunblock in the shape of a sun forSummer Sun Safety Month; optometrist and child at eye exam for Child Eye health and safety month; torso of woman and baby for World Breastfeeding Week

August is the month of hot summer nights and gearing up to go back to school, which makes it an ideal time to focus on health issues like immunizations.

Learn about observances in August and California nonprofit organizations that support causes related to them. State workers have an opportunity to celebrate and support causes by making a monthly payroll donation through Our Promise. 

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Celebrate Parks & Recreation and More in July
Learn About and Support Certified Nonprofits

Collage: Yosemite (Parks & Recreation Month); photo of people of color (Minority Mental Health Month); Photo of President Bush with other elder white people signing the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act ADA Day); Yellow ribbon (Sarcoma Awareness Month)

July is the month of summer fun — camping, enjoying picnics, and fireworks. Did you know it’s also when we celebrate the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act? It’s also a time to learn about issues that are often overlooked but affect many Californians — minority mental health and sarcoma cancers.

Learn about observances in July and certified nonprofit organizations that support causes related to them. State workers have an opportunity to celebrate and support causes by making a monthly payroll donation through Our Promise. 

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Celebrating LGBTQ+ Pride Month, Juneteenth and More
Learn About and Support Nonprofits through Our Promise

Collage of photos - Black parents with a baby "Juneteenth", purple ribbon for Alzheimer's Awareness, sailor hugging child "PTSD Awareness"; woman silhouette with a mountain in background "Cancer Survivors' Day", rainbow flag with modern LGBTQ+ flag in a heart

As the season shifts to summer, we find not only the colors of nature in bloom but also the rainbow colors of the LGBTQ+ Pride flag. Learn more about the nonprofits that provide resources for the various causes highlighted in June. State workers have an opportunity to celebrate and support causes by making a monthly payroll donation through Our Promise. 

Please remember that Our Promise donors are able to make a donation to ANY nonprofit with a 501(c)(3) status. To learn how to create your Our Promise account, please contact ourpromiseca@uwccr.org.