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NEWS RELEASE
The Ohio Department of Transportation & The Office of Governor Bob Taft
September 13, 2004

 

TAFT KICKS OFF STATE COMBINED CHARITABLE CAMPAIGN

Contributions from state employees help provide valuable services to thousands

 

(COLUMBUS September 13, 2004) Governor Bob Taft today kicked off the states 2004 Combined Charitable Campaign which runs through October 15 at a rally held in the Riffe Center in downtown Columbus.  The rally recognized the efforts of state employees in the 2003 campaign and encouraged them to continue their support this year.

 

Ohio is a leader among states in combined charitable giving, and I commend our state employees who choose this opportunity to help others, said Taft.  I encourage everyone to participate because these gifts make a great difference in the lives of thousands of people.

 

The Combined Charitable Campaign is state governments primary charitable fundraising drive.  Through it, state employees have the opportunity to give to more than 2,000 charitable organizations through one-time donations and payroll deductions.  Overseeing this years campaign are co-chairmen Gordon Proctor, director of the Ohio Department of Transportation and Hugh Williams, representing the Ohio Civil Service Employees Association.

 

The campaign offers us the opportunity to support our communities through a variety of programs dealing with health, human, educational, and environmental services, said Proctor.  By designating gifts to charities of personal choice, each of Ohios state employees can contribute to the causes, issues, and programs they care about most.

 

This year the goal is $4.2 million, a 6 percent increase from last years goal of $4 million.  State employees contributed 23 percent over last years goal to charities that are part of 12 federations.

 

Those who participate in this campaign make a great contribution to the well being of many people, said Williams.  The generosity is much appreciated and I specifically applaud those who have chosen to be leadership givers.

 

Leadership givers are those individuals who donate more than $520 for the year.  Last year, leadership givers made up more than half of the campaign dollars.