Charity Opportunities

Every year, state employees may participate in three organized campaigns to help the charities of their choice. This Web page describes each campaign and provides links to more information. The campaigns also give state employees opportunities to volunteer -- to serve on a team with other volunteers or provide coordination and leadership to their own agencies.
Charitable Fund Drive
people building a house
In the fall of each year, state employees may participate in a combined charitable giving campaign. The professionally-run fund drive allows employees to tailor their giving to the causes and organizations they wish to support. Employees who take part can select from hundreds of charitable organizations from around Oregon. The drive provides an efficient and easy way for state employees to donate to charity.
 
An employee can give by participating in fund-raising activities sponsored by his or her agency and by making a one-time gift or monthly payroll deduction. A year-round website reports on the many activities of participating charities, giving employees an opportunity to see their money at work helping the needy, improving the environment, and making Oregon a better place.
 
Food Drive
giving a bowl of soup
During the month of February, state employees go all out to collect food and funds for the Oregon Food Bank Network. The network provides emergency food to people in need throughout Oregon. All agencies, boards and commissions may participate in the food drive, and may enlist the support of community partners in their food- and fund-raising activities.
 
The convenience of monthly payroll deduction allows state employees to extend their generosity all year. Employees may also make one-time gifts using cash, check or credit card.
 
Toy Drive
giving a bowl of soup
Around mid-November, a curious thing takes place in state buildings around Oregon. Colorful donation boxes and holiday decorations appear as state employees celebrate their inner child and give toys to the Toys for Joy program. The annual toy drive allows state employees to donate new, unwrapped toys for children ages 1 to 12. Agencies later display their donation boxes in the Capitol Galleria, demonstrating the generosity of employees.
 
The Salvation Army operates Toys for Joy, which depends heavily on the state employee drive for a large portion of the toys it distributes each December. Agencies participate in various ways sponsoring friendly internal competitions and events to raise donations.
 
Can we solicit for other charitable causes?
 
An administrative rule guides the state on what's appropriate regarding soliciting state employees for charitable causes. The following excerpt from OAR 125-030-0006 (formerly 121-030-0000) clarifies that state government restricts charity drives:
 
"No organized charitable solicitations of state employees in state offices, facilities or other places of employment shall be permitted without prior approval of the Director of the Department of Administrative Services.
 
"All solicitations by charitable organizations that are approved in accordance with this rule shall be made in one combined annual fund drive for cash contributions or payroll deductions that shall be conducted on dates established by order of the Director of the Department of Administrative Services.
 
"OAR chapter 125, division 30, does not apply to the Governor’s Annual Food Drive, the annual Christmas Toys for Joy Program or the Campaign for Equal Justice."