History and Background
The Utah State Employees' Charitable Fund was organized by Governor J. Bracken Lee in 1955, and has been supported by every governor in office since that time. Prior to 1986, the program only covered Salt Lake, Davis and Tooele Counties. In 1986, the board expanded the program statewide. Now, all state employees in Utah can participate in this program.
A board of directors governs the Charitable Fund. Board members are state employees appointed by the governor to serve in a volunteer position to make policies and conduct the annual campaign. At the present time there are 13 board members, representing 13 state agencies.
Each year a state department director is appointed by the governor to be campaign chairperson of the drive. The Campaign Chair (Department Director) brings Cabinet level status to the campaign, and serves as a liaison between the Charitable Fund Board, the Cabinet Council, and the Governor.
In addition to the Chair of the Campaign, two other positions are filled: (1) the Campaign Treasurer, who receives and accounts for all monies and pledges received; and (2) the Campaign Coordinator, who assists Department Coordinators and Solicitors with the campaign.
The Charitable Fund was organized over 55 years ago to provide a program wherein state employees could make donations without being solicited by numerous agencies throughout the year. The Charitable Fund Campaign lasts for about two months each year and gives employees an opportunity to donate to approved organizations of their choice.
All charities and organizations in the annual Charitable Fund Campaign must comply with strict federal and state laws and must be registered with the Utah Department of Commerce. In addition, they must file an application and pass the scrutiny of the Charitable Fund Board before being approved for inclusion. This procedure assures employees that all the listed agencies are legitimate.
Employee payroll deductions begin in January and continue through the end of December. Payments are made to organizations in two segments: the first payment represents 50% of donations collected and is made in August; the second payment represents the balance and is made shortly after the year ends when all donations have been collected.