Our Promise 2020: Keeping California Strong for All
Gearing Up to Launch in September
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.
Through the program, employees can give to any 501(c)(3) nonprofit – having as little as $5 per payroll cycle taken out of their wages. Last year alone the campaign raised nearly six million dollars. This year, Our Promise has partnered with Cal Employee Connect to offer online giving for the first time in its 60-year history.
“From its inception, Our Promise has been focused on providing State employees with easy, straightforward access to charitable giving, and this year we have made it even easier,” begins Tabitha Angel, Director of Our Promise. “Through our CA Employee State Online Giving portal, donors can make contributions in a simple three-step process: register online, identify a cause, then make a pledge.”
Our week-long kickoff celebration is scheduled for September 14-18 and will occur via Our Promise social media. The celebration will include Facebook live events, non-profit video testimonials and interactive contests for participants to engage with.
“Like every other organization we have had to pivot during this pandemic and rethink our in-person events,” begins Angel. “Moving the campaign online ensures participants still have the ability to give back to the non-profit of their choice and guarantees philanthropic organizations receive vital funding when they need it most.”
As previously announced, this year’s campaign chair is Josh Fryday, Chief Services Officer at California Volunteers. Fryday is a military veteran and the former Mayor of Novato, California – and is excited to hit the ground running this September.
“I’m eager to represent the largest effort among nearly 300,000 California state employees to support charitable programs,” begins Fryday. “This year we are all facing new challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic – my fellow state workers and I have an opportunity to take small steps to keep supporting communities that need our contribution most.”