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

Post July 2020

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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.”

Annually, the Our Promise campaign commences on September 1st and concludes on October 31st. During those two months, State agencies and departments work to ensure that every State employee is given an informed and educated opportunity to donate. 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, state employees raised $5.8 million for more than 2,000 nonprofit organizations through the 2019 Our Promise campaign.

Fryday is a military veteran and the former Mayor of Novato, California, his hometown. He also served as President of Golden State Opportunity (GSO), leading on the expansion and implementation of the California Earned Income Tax Credit (CalEITC) and other programs to provide financial security to millions of low-income working people in California.

“I’m eager to represent the largest effort among nearly 300,000 California state employees to support charitable programs,” said 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.”

Angel and Fryday both note that amid the pandemic the annual campaign, including the official kick-off event, will be implemented differently. Details on the campaign will be available in the coming weeks.