The month of September marks the start of the annual workplace charitable giving season, and the Institute for Creation Research has worked hard to gain approval in selected workplace programs as an additional opportunity for our supporters.
Workplace giving campaigns are sponsored by government organizations and large corporations as a benefit to their employees, and offer the convenience and efficiency of automatic payroll deduction to fund charities of the employee's choosing. Charities must meet high standards to participate and, in some cases, may need to meet state residency requirements in order to qualify. 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.
Combined Federal Campaign
The Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) is the largest workplace charity program in the United States, and the only campaign authorized to collect contributions from federal employees and military personnel on behalf of qualified charities. 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 in 2008, 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
After meeting stringent legal and residency requirements, ICR was recently 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. (Funds collected represent donations from individual employees--not the state government).
ICR is thankful for this new opportunity and we are hopeful our supporters in Texas and California will respond. If you support our ministry, please consider designating the Institute for Creation Research on your pledge form this fall.
Corporate Giving Campaigns
Most large corporations offer annual workplace giving programs as an employee benefit that also promotes community goodwill. The mechanisms of corporate programs function much like federal and state campaigns, with the added twist that an outside administrator is often used to operate and manage the program (e.g., United Way). As such, the only charities promoted during the campaign tend to be those from the local community.
However, a little-known fact is that 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 with our address of 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. 2010. Workplace Giving Campaigns. Acts & Facts. 39 (9): 19.