State Charitable Contributions Program raised $1.44 million last year

State Charitable Contributions Program Governor's CupOn June 26, 2013, the Georgia Department of Administrative Services recognized the outstanding achievements of 21 state agencies and members of the University System of Georgia.  Over the last 16 years, the State Charitable Contributions Program has raised over $41 million to help support local and nationwide charities. More than 100 independent charities and federations participate in the SCCP, and in the 2012/13 campaign $1.44 million was pledged across the state. More than 130,000 state employees participate in the program which has existed since it was established in 1982 by the Georgia General Assembly. For 16 years, employees of the state of Georgia and the University System of Georgia have been contributing to the charity of their choice through payroll deductions or a one-time donation.

Sid Johnson, commissioner of the Georgia Department of Administrative Services, hosted the awards ceremony, welcoming Frank W. Berry, commissioner of the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities, as the keynote speaker. Commissioner Berry was previously the CEO for ViewPoint Health in Lawrenceville, and has over 20 years of experience serving the State in the behavioral health services arena. He is also a graduate of Florida State University.

Commissioner Berry gave an address invoking the spirit of charity that inspires the SCCP and its coordinators, commending all coordinators for being “able to get people to buy into a vision of helping others.”  He went on to say that regardless of whether you volunteered for the role or were assigned, everyone can find common ground because “the need or desire to help other people is what makes us better.”

“I couldn’t be prouder of the generous employees at the Georgia Department of Education for raising so much for much-deserving charities,” said State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge, whose Department of Education won one of the Governor’s Cups with a whopping $20,937 in donations from employees in 2012. “We are honored to house the Governor’s Cup for the next year and look forward to competing against other departments again for such a good cause.”

The 2013/14 campaign will run from October 1-November 30, 2013.

Award Winners

Governor’s Cups (This is the highest award)

Winners have the highest contribution per employee and are grouped by employee population.  These winners have achieved the highest award presented here today.  The winners are:

1-100 Employees: Lake Lanier Islands Development Authority

101-500 Employees: Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia

501-1000 Employees: Department of Education

1001-9000 Employees: Georgia Institute of Technology

9001 and up Employees: University of Georgia

Governor’s Award

For this award, two winners are recognized in each category representing both a state agency and the university system.

Largest Increase in the Campaign Contributions Total

State Agency: Department of Education – Increased their total by $7,238.16.

University System: Georgia Institute of Technology – Had an amazing $32,883.02 increase in their campaign over last year.

Largest Increase in Campaign Contributions by Percentage

State Agency: Advantage Behavioral Health Systems – Advantage increased their pledge total from $120 to $3,065.

University System: Albany State University – Albany State increased their pledge total from $24 to $3,596.

Highest Level of Employee Participation

State Agency: Lake Lanier Islands Development Authority – The only agency that had 100% participation.

University System: Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia – Board of Regents continues to have the highest employee participation this year at 30%.

Commissioner’s Award

These are the runners-up for the Governor’s Cups.  Commissioner’s Award winners have the highest contribution per employee and are grouped by employee population.

1-100 employees

Georgia Environmental Finance Authority

Skidaway Institute of Oceanography

Stone Mountain Memorial Association

101-500 employees

Department of Administrative Services

Georgia Technology Authority

Georgia World Congress Center Authority

State Accounting Office

Department of Banking and Finance

Department of Law

501-1000 employees

Department of Community Health

Middle Georgia State College (formerly Macon State College)

1001 to 9000 employees

Georgia College and State University

Department of Revenue

9001 and up

Department of Corrections

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