By Holly Stewart, Associate Governmental Program Analyst
CDCR’s Office of Public and Employee Communications
The 2016 Our Promise Campaign (previously the
California State Employees Charitable Campaign (CSECC)) has finally concluded
and the results are in. The 2016 campaign raised $6.1 million for nonprofit
organizations throughout the state, country and world. Over $569,000 of that monumental amount is
because of over 3,600 CDCR donors contributing to meaningful foundations, as
low as $5 each month from their paychecks.
(Editor’s note: The CDCR total likely will grow because all the donations from CDCR employees have not yet been tallied.)
The event honored the committed and hard-working
department and agency Chairs, Vice Chairs, Key Connectors 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.
The successful 2016 Our Promise Campaign was headed by
the CDCR Department Chair Alexandra Powell, Public Information Officer I, and
her Executive Hand Holly Stewart, Associate Governmental Program Analyst with
the Office of Public and Employee Communications (OPEC). This year, their leadership
was shadowed by Corinne Isberner, Staff Counsel III (Specialist), with the
Office of Legal Affairs (OLA) as the Campaign Vice Chair.
Isberner is already gearing up full steam ahead for
the 2017 Campaign, with the help of OLA’s enthusiastic Student Assistant Amber
Campbell. Looking ahead, Isberner said,
“I am honored to get to serve as next year’s CDCR Campaign Chair. As a really
large state department, CDCR has some unique opportunities to make a really big
impact in charitable giving. Amber and I
are already in early campaign planning mode.”
With early planning comes the need for volunteers and
“Without the backing of enthusiasm and drive from
Executives and volunteers, the campaign wouldn’t be successful. Especially with a Department of CDCR’s size,
our Executive Team Members, Campaign Liaisons, Division Coordinators and Key
Connectors are all instrumental to our operation and the reason for our
achievement every year,” said Powell. Organizers say volunteering is “fun and rewarding, and
builds leadership, teamwork and passion in our Department.”
If you would like to volunteer, know of anyone who
could be influential in the 2017 Campaign or have any creative input to share,
contact Corinne Isberner at Corinne.Isberner@cdcr.ca.gov.
What is Our Promise?
The Our Promise Campaign spans from
September through the end of October each year.
During this two month window, each state agency and their departments
run their campaign to ensure that each state employee is educated about the
opportunity to donate through one-time donations and/or monthly payroll
deduction. |The benefit of a monthly payroll
deduction to your charity of choice provides the nonprofit with consistent cash
flow throughout the year, enabling their ability to operate and provide
services against a one-time donation. The benefits to the state employee
include promoting teamwork in the workplace, enabling the employee to donate
more than a one-time gift and last but not least, it’s tax deductible.
For more information contact the Office of External Affairs at 916-445-4950 or firstname.lastname@example.org