Faculty, Staff Get Generous in Statewide Charitable Campaign
The onset of fall quickly gives way to the holiday season, known as a time for giving. Tech employees, though, notoriously give all year long to those in need across the state of Georgia.
The State Charitable Contributions Program gives state employees the opportunity to make a difference by partnering with hundreds of nonprofits and charitable organizations. All state entities, including University System of Georgia (USG) schools, participate in the annual fundraiser.
Last year, 1,279 Georgia Tech employees pledged $393,461, breaking a goal of $375,000. This year’s goal is to raise $390,000 and have 1,500 employees participate.
So far, more than 400 employees have pledged more than $160,000.
“You get to decide where you give, and you can know your donation will be used wisely as all the groups have been vetted,” said Bill Todd, professor of the practice in the Scheller College of Business and vice chair of this year’s campaign. Todd emphasized the range of nonprofits on the list — causes include animals, children, environment, and more.
“Somewhere on that list is something you care about,” Todd said.
For the past nine years, Georgia Tech has been the recipient of the Governor’s Cup, which is awarded annually to the state institution with the highest average contribution per employee. Tech has won the Cup a total of 14 times.
“Small donations make a big difference,” said Karen Head, associate professor in the School of Literature, Media, and Communication and chair of ambassadors for this year’s campaign. “Together with others, smaller donations add up and can go a long way in the hands of these organizations.”
Donations are accepted via payroll deduction on an ongoing basis or as a one-time donation. For those who choose to give through payroll deduction, contributions will begin in January 2018. Employees can give to a general fund or choose specific organizations to which they would like to direct their donations. The list of charities is managed by the state of Georgia and changes annually, so new options may be available this year.