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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.


2017 Campaign Results

Here you will find information for 2017 that includes the total number of employees, how many of those participated in the campaign, and how much money those employees raised.                             

Post Steve Barclift, CDR, SC, USNR Retired

Supporting organizations that help our servicemen and women

During the last Our Promise campaign, I elected to contribute through a monthly deduction to the United Service Organizations (USO).  For those of you that don’t know, the mission of the USO is to “strengthen America’s military service members by keeping them connected to family, home and country, throughout their service to the nation”.  Today, USO facilities can be found in airports and near American military bases around the world.  Additional information regarding the USO can be found at:


Our Promise is here

Caring for California. What does this mean to you? What do you want to see in your community?

We all have a vision for our neighborhoods, our city and our state. Our Promise: California State Employees Giving at Work is your opportunity to support causes and nonprofits that will help your vision become a reality.


Our Promise Kick-Off Rally fun and informative for all!

Guests from the public and nonprofit sectors came together on August 30 at the State Capitol to kick off the 60th anniversary of the Our Promise giving campaign! State employees were able to visit with many participating nonprofits, hear from statewide elected officials, plus more!


Brightening the day one petal at a time
The Petal Connection

The Petal Connection is an amazing nonprofit in the Sacramento region that connects beautiful floral bouquets to local hospice patients and seniors in need of a little joy.

Our Promise Loaned Executive and long time supporter of the campaign, Danielle Gist, was recently reminded of the good in our community.


Secretary Marybel Batjer receives the Augustus Freeman Hawkins Award

Secretary Marybel Batjer, Government Operations Agency, was awarded the Augustus Freeman Hawkins Award of Distinguished Merit in Community Service at the Our Promise Thank You Breakfast event on March 1, 2017.

The award was presented by Tabitha Angel, Director of Our Promise. The award celebrates the vision of the man who created Our Promise, Augustus Freeman Hawkins.


Our Promise Thank You Breakfast & Awards 2016

Thank you for attending the 2016 Our Promise Thank You Breakfast! We appreciate everything you do to make the Our Promise campaign a huge success.

The event honored our committed and hard-working department and agency Chairs, Vice Chairs and other campaign volunteers, who worked to spread the word about the opportunity to give back, and the 32,000 state employees who contributed to Our Promise: California State Employees Giving at Work.


2016 Campaign Results

Here you will find information for 2016 that includes the total number of employees, how many of those participated in the campaign, and how much money those employees raised.                             


Making Strides and Warming Lives
Bari and Service Dog Axel III

Bari Schlesinger was once unable to pick up items that she dropped on the floor. She once relied on others to open doors. She once feared going places alone. 

Thanks to the help of Canine Companions for Independence, Bari no longer strains herself to retrieve dropped items, she doesn’t need to wait for strangers to come along and open doors, and gone are the days of anxiety and doubt. Bari is now a self-assured and independent individual with her wonderful Canine Companions assistance dog, Axel III, provided to her free of charge.


Handing Out Hope
Steve Abrams, Office of Legislative Counsel

Coach Abrams handing out baseball gear to youth in South America.

Growing up without many basic resources can be a burden to children who come from impoverished families. This struggle has always been close to my heart since I myself grew up in a single parent household where we struggled to get by on just the basic necessities. When I became an adult I realized that I had the power to do something good that could help make a child’s life a little easier. As an 18 year youth sports coach I realized that I had collected so much baseball gear, and I knew that I could put it to good use.


Senior Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor Shares The Gift Of A Guide Dog

When John Albarran lost his sight to glaucoma, he quickly figured out how to move forward in his life. By the age of 17, before he had graduated from high school, Albarran was a Guide Dogs of America graduate. He is currently partnered with his fourth dog from the school, a female yellow Labrador Retriever named Julep.

Article Tom Burns, Retired State Employee

Giving to Nonprofits Makes Me Feel Good

We all like to think that we are safe and secure, but one incident or accident can surprise and shock us. In 1980, my father had a massive stroke, and my mother was instantly transformed into a 24-hour caregiver for a person who had severe speech and mobility issues.


Beating the Odds

Archie Graham

Our Promise: California State Employees Giving at Work is a campaign that allows employees to give to a variety of charitable organizations that are vitally important to the community. I am a member and in great support of Our Promise because I have had five kidney transplants.

Post Armando Recio

A Father’s Love

My name is Armando and I am a Hearing Officer at the San Bernardino Driver Safety office. I have been a Hearing Officer for over 2 years, and have been a state employee for close to 10 years.