State employees participate in three annual organized charity campaigns.
In the fall of each year, state employees may participate in a 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.
An employee can give by participating in fundraising within his or her agency and by making a one-time gift or monthly payroll deduction. A year-round website highlights many activities of the participating charities, giving employees an opportunity to see their money helping the needy, improving the environment, and making Oregon a better place.
During the month of February, state employees go all out to collect food and funds for the Oregon Food Bank Network, which provides emergency food to people in need throughout Oregon. Agencies, boards and commissions participate in the food drive and often enlist the support of community partners in their food collecting and fundraising activities.
The convenience of a 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.
Around mid-November, a curious change takes place in state buildings across Oregon. Colorful donation boxes and holiday decorations appear as state employees celebrate their inner child and give new, unwrapped toys that ultimately go to children ages 1 to 12 who are in need.
Agencies participate in the toy drive in various ways sponsoring friendly internal competitions and events to raise donations. The Marine Corps Toys for Tots program distributes the toys.
Can agencies 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."
Administrative Rule 125-030-0006