County of Marin - News Releases - Combined Charities

For Immediate Release
December 22, 2016

Employees Raise More than $83,000 for Charities

Annual donation campaign proves to be another success

San Rafael, CA – County of Marin employees recently demonstrated their ongoing community spirit by committing $83,890 to the 2016 Marin County Employees Combined Charities Campaign, known internally as the Heart of Marin. Since 2007, employees have contributed more than $680,000 through the annual campaign.

A coffee mug has a label that says Aspire to GivePayroll deductions create a reliable way for nonprofits to predict contributions and plan for consistent revenue streams.

The fundraiser, which took place in October and November, allows more than 2,100 employees and nearly 750 “extra hire” part-timers to make biweekly paycheck deductions and one-time donations toward the annual program that benefits Bay Area nonprofits. The employees contribute to nonprofit federations that assist a variety of charities or hand-picked charities of their choice. This year the federations included United Way of the Bay Area, Bay Area Black United Fund, Community Health Charities of California, EarthShare California, Global Impact and Local Independent Charities.

“The Combined Charities Campaign is such a great opportunity for our County staff to give back to the community,” said this year’s program chair Jill Francis, Director of the County’s Department of Child Support Services. “Their generosity and enthusiasm for the program is inspiring.”

The Heart of Marin campaign provides a convenient way for County employees to learn about and support the participating organizations. By giving at the office, the program saves charities the time, effort, and expense of seeking out and processing individual donations. The payroll deductions create a reliable way for the nonprofits to predict contributions and plan for consistent revenue streams.

Among the County’s 23 departments, the County Counsel’s Office had a 96 percent participation rate when combining the giving through payroll deductions and one-time donations. County Administrator Office came in second with a 76 percent participation rate. Participation increased in seven departments with the County Administrator’s Office coming in the highest at an 18 percent increase. 


Jill Francis
Child Support Services

88 Rowland Way
Suite 200
Novato, CA 94945
(415) 473-4067
Email: Jill Francis
Child Support Services website