by Henry Morris IV *
The arrival of fall marks the start of annual workplace giving campaigns across the nation. Through annual campaigns, hard-working people from all income levels can express their generosity and become true payroll philanthropists.
Government entities and large corporations sponsor workplace giving campaigns as a benefit to their employees, and they offer the convenience of automatic payroll deduction to fund charities of the employee’s choosing. Charities must meet high standards to qualify, and the Institute for Creation Research has worked hard to gain and maintain approval in specially selected workplace programs as an additional opportunity for our supporters. And as a federally recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit ministry, all donations to ICR through workplace giving campaigns are fully tax-deductible as allowed by law.
ICR is approved in the following workplace giving programs. If your employer offers this benefit, we would welcome your prayerful consideration during this campaign season. Your tax-deductible gifts will be put to good and effective use in our ministry for the cause of Christ.
Combined Federal Campaign
The Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) is the largest public sector workplace charity program in the world, and the only campaign authorized to collect contributions from federal employees and military personnel of the United States. Funds collected through the CFC program represent donations from individuals—not the federal government—and are passed on to the qualified charity chosen by the employee.
Since receiving our initial approval some years ago, ICR has worked hard to increase awareness among our supporters working in the federal government and military. Those of you who serve our country can now also defend the authority of Scripture through scientific research and education—with one easy pen stroke.
ICR is listed in the National/International Organizations section of your local CFC campaign brochure. If you believe in the work of ICR, please prayerfully consider designating the Institute for Creation Research (CFC 23095) when making your pledge this fall.
State Employee Giving Campaigns
ICR is approved to participate in the State Employee Charitable Campaigns (SECC) offered by California and Texas—the two largest state employee giving programs in the country. SECC programs function exactly like the federal campaign by allowing state employees to make contributions to qualified charities through payroll deduction, then passing those funds on to the charity of their choice. And like the CFC, funds collected through state campaigns represent donations from individual employees—not the state government.
ICR is thankful for this opportunity and hopeful our generous Texas and California supporters will respond. If you support our ministry, please consider designating the Institute for Creation Research on your pledge form this fall.
Corporate Giving Campaigns
Many large corporations offer annual workplace giving programs as a benefit to their employees and as a means to promote goodwill in the local community. Corporate programs function much like federal and state campaigns, with the exception that an outside administrator is often used to operate and manage the program (e.g., United Way).
Most charities promoted in corporate programs tend to be from the local community. However, employees may give to any 501(c)(3) nonprofit—like ICR—simply by providing our name and address in the “Write-In Organization” section of the pledge form. If your employer offers a workplace giving program and you wish to support our ministry this way, please write in the Institute for Creation Research, 1806 Royal Lane, Dallas, TX 75229.
* Mr. Morris is Director of Donor Relations at the Institute for Creation Research.
Cite this article: Morris IV, H. 2012. Payroll Philanthropy. Acts & Facts. 41 (10): 21.