FAQ CT Employee Giving

What does the committee do?

The Connecticut State Employees' Campaign (CSEC) Committee sets policies and budgets for the campaign in accordance with state law and regulations. It approves all charitable agencies that take part in the campaign. It sets the budget for the campaign and closely inspects the audit of the campaign. It encourages state agencies to release employees to help with the campaign, as coordinators or loaned employees. It works with the principal combined fundraising organization (PCFO) to improve the campaign and increase donations. It ensures that the campaign is run according to state law and regulations. It works to ensure that no employee is coerced into contributing to the campaign.

Where do people designate their contribution?

In terms of monies designated, only about 35 percent of total dollars raised in the 2014 campaign go to United Way and their member agencies. The remainder of the money was designated to the seven other federations and their member agencies: America's Charities (9%); Community Health Charities (12%); Earth Share New England (4%); Global Impact (7%); Independent Charities of America (29%); Neighbor to Nation (3%); Partners for a Better World (1%).

Can I designate a donation through the CSEC to a charity not listed in the directory?

The committee is required by law to include only those charities that are part of federations in the campaign. With nearly 700 charities currently in the campaign, nearly everybody should be able to find at least one charity to contribute to.

Will the campaign give me a receipt for tax purposes?

Employees who donate online will receive an email confirmation to confirm receipt. Employees, whether they donate online or not, can also retain their final pay stub for the year, which will list the total contribution from payroll deduction. Employees who choose not to donate online can also make a copy of their pledge card. We understand that the IRS will accept either as proof of your donation.

Will the contribution I made last year automatically roll over into the current year's campaign without any action on my part?

No. Any employee who wishes to make a payroll contribution to this year's campaign must either donate online – or complete a new pledge card – regardless of whether they contributed the prior year.

How many pay periods are there in the year?

For most state employees, there are 26 pay periods in the year.

Can I opt to have my payroll deduction taken out just once?

No. Payroll deductions for the CSEC are based on the number of pay periods.

When does my payroll deduction pledge begin?

The first deduction begins with the first pay period in January and concludes with the last pay period in December.

What is the minimum amount I can pledge through payroll deduction?

The minimum amount one can pledge is $1.

Isn't this really the United Way campaign?

Although the United Ways in Connecticut are beneficiaries of contributions, the CSEC is independent of the United Way campaign. The CSEC has 7 participating federations - America's Charities, Community Health Charities, Connecticut United Ways, Earth Share New England, Global Impact, Independent Charities of America, and Neighbor To Nation.

A CSEC committee composed of state employees appointed by state leaders as set out in Conn. Gen. Statutes 5-262 oversees and supervises the campaign. Again, according to the statute, the committee hires a principal combined fundraising organization (PCFO). The PCFO must be a federation or group of federations participating in the campaign. Currently, the PCFO is Community Health Charities.

Who do I contact if I have additional questions?

If you are a state retiree, new employee, or a State of Connecticut employee who has just discovered the State's donation arrangement, you CAN still participate. Campaign staff can accept and process donations at ANY time during the year. If you wish to participate in the Charitable Giving Campaign, simply contact the Campaign office at 860-702-3305.