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News Release
State Employees' Charitable Fund Drive raises $868,000 - 02/13/17

- State agency employees raise $33,000 more than 2015
- State and university employees donate more than $850,000 annually to Oregon charities

State and University employees throughout Oregon showed a strong commitment to their communities and the nonprofits that serve them this year. The State of Oregon Employees' Charitable Fund Drive raised $868,000 for Oregon nonprofit organizations -- an impressive sum, donated by more than 2,500 individual employees.

Final tallies are wrapping up this month, but the totals already show an increase over the previous year's giving -- up more than $33,000 from 2015.

State agencies that raised the most donations received special awards:
* Department of Transportation (agencies with 4,000 or more employees)
* Department of Justice (agencies 1000 -- 3999 employees)
* Department of Environmental Quality (agencies 500 -- 1000 employees)
* Public Employee Retirement System (agencies 100 -- 499 employees)
* Department of Energy (small agencies, 100 or fewer employees)

The Charitable Fund Drive has raised more than $26.8 million since 1989. The Fund Drive gives State employees access to charitable giving through a payroll contribution; 100% of all employee donations are passed on to umbrella nonprofit organizations.

The umbrella organizations (together representing more than 800 charities) in the 2016 Charitable Fund Drive are: Black United Fund of Oregon, Children's Trust Fund of Oregon, Community Health Charities, EarthShare Oregon, Equity Foundation (now Pride Foundation), Habitat for Humanity of Oregon, Local Independent Charities of America, MRG Foundation, Oregon Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence, Work for Art, and 16 United Ways and United Funds throughout Oregon. Expenses are less than 10% of the funds raised, and those costs are paid by the umbrella organizations in the Fund Drive.