Donations aren’t as high as before the recession, but Washington state government employees kept up their donations to charity through a second year of pay cuts in 2012.
Givers to the state-run Combined Fund Drive donated about $5.3 million to more than 3,800 local, state and global charities through automatic pay deductions, according to the Office of the Secretary of State.
The agency has a fuller report on the donations here from staffer Brian Zylstra.
The fundraising included special events of short duration. Two singled out by Zylstra: one that drew some $28,000 in donations to victims of the Hurricane Sandy, and another that raised $900 late in the year in memory of Eva Santos, the state personnel director who died of cancer in December.
Year to year, the overall collections for charity have been steady – slipping to $5,306,709.47 in 2012 from $5,327,172.57 the year before, according to Stephanie Horn, who oversees the coordinated fund drive.That is a bit less than the $5.5 million reported in 2010, the $5.8 million in 2008, the year the Great Recession began, and a record $5.9 million in 2006, according to old Olympian news reports.
A story from 2009 said that giving by Washington state workers ranked No. 4, behind New York, California and Texas.
Zylstra wrote that the University of Washington’s staff brought in $2.1 million, more than any higher-education institution, and the Department of Social and Health Services had more than $507,000 in pledges, the most of government agencies. But giving rose the most in the department of Health and Corrections.
The fund drive program began at the behest of Sam Reed, the recently retired secretary of state, when he worked in the administration of the state’s last Republican governor, John Spellman. The Combined Fund Drive under the wing of the Department of Personnel for many years, but the Legislature agreed to move it at Reed’s request to the Secretary of State agency last decade in a bid to give it a higher profile.