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County of Santa Clara Employees Pledge More Than One Million Dollars to Local Charities

County employees and departments recognized

SANTA CLARA COUNTY, CALIF. – This week, the County of Santa Clara Board of Supervisors recognized County employees for pledged contributions of more than $1 million to the 2009 Combined Giving Campaign, the County’s annual charities fundraising event. The campaign pledge brings the total amount of contributions during the last 14 years to more than $8.75 million to hundreds of charities in the areas of health and human services, environmental programs and the arts. 

“It is heartening to see County employees offering their support to organizations that make life better for members of our own community and around the globe,” said Supervisor Ken Yeager, President of the County of Santa Clara Board of Supervisors. 

“This is the third year that County employees have given more than $1 million to charities through the Combined Giving Campaign,” said Supervisor Liz Kniss, Honorary Chair of the 2009 Combined Giving Campaign. “Thank you to everyone that has made a commitment, even in this tough economy, and congratulations to those who worked toward this successful campaign.” 

Each year, the County Executive appoints one or two departments to spearhead the campaign and set fundraising goals. The Probation Department and the Public Defender’s Office led this campaign, raising more than $1 million. 

“I am really pleased to have been able to co-lead a campaign in which the whole County family rallied to help people in need, the community and the environment,” said Combined Giving Campaign Co-Chair Sheila Mitchell, Chief Probation Officer. “During these tough economic times, it is quite an accomplishment for employees to collectively contribute more than $1 million of their own hard-earned money for the Combined Giving Campaign.” 

This sentiment was echoed by Public Defender Mary Greenwood, Combined Giving Campaign Co-Chair. “I am pleased but not surprised,” said Greenwood. “Our co-workers have demonstrated time and again that they really care about others and about what is happening in the world.” 

The Combined Giving Campaign was launched in 1973 to allow County employees the opportunity to donate through their biweekly check or one-time donations. Their generosity hasn’t stopped in 36 years. Beginning in 1996, records of contributions have been kept. Since the year 2000, the Combined Giving Campaign contributions have increased from $306,000 to $1,057,516.76 in 2009. Campaign results for the past 13 years include:

Total Dollars
Organizations that
Received Donations
2009 $1,057,516 529
2008 $1,055,380 481
2007   $1,084,459 457
2006 $940,858 429
2005 $769,312 364
2004 $750,935 379
2003 $630,945 344
2002 $674,543 346
2001 $400,185 346
2000 $306,000 340
1999 $322,441  
1998 $298,982  
1997 $247,371  
1996 $220,000  
Total $8,758,927  

Employees may give to the 531 nonprofit organizations through the six federations: Community Health Charities of California, Arts Council of Silicon Valley, Earth Share of California, Local Independent Charities, Global Impact, and the United Way of Silicon Valley. A federation is a group of voluntary charitable organizations established for the purpose of supplying common fundraising, administrative and management services to its members. In addition to the five federations, there are more than 25 independent, non-affiliated agencies to choose from. Local and global causes range from support for cancer, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s research; food for the hungry; shelter for the homeless; literacy and the arts; the environment; and care for children, seniors, and wildlife. 

“Participation in the Combined Giving Campaign is voluntary and the level of involvement by our employees exemplifies their compassion and support for the vulnerable,” said County Executive Jeffrey V. Smith. “It also demonstrates their passion for the environment, and recognition of their ability to make a difference.” 

Media Contact: Gwendolyn Mitchell/Lingxia Meng, Office of Public Affairs (408) 299-5119
Posted: March 3, 2010