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Guide to Giving and Statewide Charity Resource Directory

Did You Know?

Your payroll deduction pledge can be spread over an entire year? A $240 pledge is just $10 a pay period! There’s no easier way to give...

YES! I want to help my fellow Kentuckians.

  • Electronic pledging via payroll deduction is provided in the Employee Self Service (ESS) portal of the Kentucky Human Resource Information System (KHRIS).   Click here to make a pledge today!
  • For those needing a paper form, a download link is provided at the Personnel Cabinet website at https://personnel.ky.gov under Resources/Giving Back. You can also print a pledge form by clicking here.
  • Most people like to give through payroll deduction. It’s easy and lets you spread your gift over the course of a whole year.
  • Contributions may also be made by cash or check. Just print a pledge form and attach your donation. Checks should be made payable to: KECC (or Kentucky Employees Charitable Campaign).
  • Remember that your contribution to KECC may be tax-deductible (check with your accountant to make sure).


The mission of the KECC is to improve lives and strengthen Kentucky communities by investing in Basic Needs, Family Stability, Education, and Health for every Kentuckian.  

Why should you give?  It’s simple. Real improvement to Kentucky’s problems in the areas of Basic Needs, Family Stability, Education, and Health cannot happen unless people take a stand.  Every Kentuckian needs these core foundations to succeed.  

Most importantly, you should consider giving because your community needs you.  KECC is an easy way for YOU to be apart of the solution. Whether you give by payroll deduction to one of the four Impact Areas or to the charity of your choice - give to YOUR CAUSE through YOUR CAMPAIGN.  Give Basic Needs, Family Stability, Education, and Health to promote individual and family success.

Stand with your neighbors across the Commonwealth, friends who give financially and volunteer their time every day to say “We are Kentucky, and we’ll work together to make this Commonwealth the best it can be.”

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, however, since the partner charities pay all KECC expenses, there is a 10 percent cost recovery charged to non-partner charities to help offset the processing costs of these pledges. To avoid this, you may wish to donate directly to that charity or consider giving to one of the KECC partner charities.

You may direct your gift to any 501(c)(3) organization by providing KECC with their address when pledging. To help hold down administrative costs, these gifts to other “write-in” charities must be at least a $50 cash gift or a payroll gift of $3 per paycheck.

Can I give to other charities?

Sometimes state employees make good-faith payroll deduction pledges to various charities through KECC, but are unable to fulfill them. In most cases, these employees retire or change careers before their payroll deduction pledge is fulfilled. Because of this, KECC does not receive the full donation. The campaign cannot pass along funds it does not collect to the charities; therefore, all the charities share the actual amount of the pledge loss on payroll deduction pledges. The percent uncollected each year is small, averaging eight percent.

What is ‘pledge loss,’ and how does it affect my payroll deduction donation?

When KECC sends payment to the charity of your choice, we only share your contact information if you give us permission to release it when pledging. If your pledge is directed to one or all of the KECC Charities, they will not use or release your information in any way other than to thank you.

Why should I release my name?

Cash pledges are sent in the first quarter following the end of the campaign. Because payroll deduction allows you to spread your donation over the course of a year, we put your gift to use right away -- donations to the partner charities or any agency they support are sent quarterly. Other “write-in” designations will be sent once all of the payroll deductions have been collected.

When will the charity of my choice receive the contributions I make?

Be a Leader!

One percent is all it takes to become a leadership giver! Every donation changes lives, but as you decide how you want to pledge this year, please consider joining the leadership circle. The chart below shows just how little it takes to make a big difference through leadership giving.

1% Leadership Giving By Salary Amount

For those making:

  • $25,000 per year, a 1% gift is just $10.42 per period or $250.08
  • $30,000 per year, a 1% gift is just $12.50 per period or $300.00
  • $35,000 per year, a 1% gift is just $14.59 per period or $350.16
  • $40,000 per year, a 1% gift is just $16.67 per period or $400.08
  • $45,000 per year, a 1% gift is just $18.75 per period or $450.00

Want to do more?  Become a Cornerstone Society Member.

If you want to make an even bigger difference in your community, KECC has a unique leadership program just for you. It’s called the Cornerstone Society. Any pledge of $1,000 or more is considered a Cornerstone Gift. That’s just $41.67 or more per paycheck.

Pledge online or talk to your KECC coordinator about obtaining a paper pledge form to make a cash or check gift. F
ill it out, and turn it in. It’s that easy, and it will help so many!

Give Wisely!

In this guide you will find information on the four impact areas, as well as the hundreds of agencies you can support through the KECC!  Whether you give Basic Needs, Family Stability, Education or Health, support one of the eight partner charities, or give to one of the many agencies they fund, you are sure to find a cause that matches your passion!

Get informed!
Learn more about the four Impact Areas in the notes above, or in the charity section, many of the agencies listed include the following information for your convenience:

  1. Agency Name
  2. EIN: The Employer Identification Number, or EIN, is a unique nine‐digit number assigned by the Internal Revenue Service to business and non‐profit entities which donors can use to research the agency of their choice.
  3. Statement of activities: Example: Agency provides service A, service B and service C to help individuals and families facing problem Q achieve outcome X, outcome Y and outcome Z.

NOTE: Donor giving guides such as Guidestar.org, Charity Navigator and the Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance are convenient tools to review charity effectiveness. Get informed and give wisely!

Questions? Get the facts! Call us at 502-589-6897.

"You may not be able to help everyone...

but you can help someone."

  • $50 per pay period can provide comfort to families and relieve a hospice patient from pain for two months
  • $40 per pay period can provide 10 virtual intervention sessions for children with vision loss
  • $25 per pay period can cover a family's cost of converting their child’s wheelchair to one that will expand and fit as they grow
  • $15 per pay period can provide 1,500 Kentuckians with resources to identify, report and prevent child abuse and neglect
  • $10 per pay period can provide 20 square feet of rolled insulation to keep a family safe, warm, and dry
  • $9 per pay period can provide up to 60 home delivered meals for seniors facing food insecurity
  • $8 per pay period can allow 64 opportunities for parents to attend parent education classes by covering transportation costs
  • $7 per pay period can provide horseback riding equipment for three children enrolled in hippotherapy
  • $6 per pay period can provide Beginner’s Balance Beam for children struggling with mobility issues
  • $5 per pay period can enable researchers to process blood samples to advance scientific discoveries in the fight against arthritis
  • $4 per pay period can provide two weeks of medication for a patient on dialysis
  • $3 per pay period can provide a cleanup kit and three cases of water during disaster relief efforts
  • $2 per pay period can send a backpack of food home with a child each weekend for six weeks
  • $1 per pay period can provide a week of aquatic therapy or a virtual camp opportunity for an individual with special needs