About the Provincial Employees Community Services Fund

History

The Provincial Employees Community Services Fund (PECSF), also called the Community Fund, was founded in 1965. The program encourages provincial government employees to give to local non-profit organizations through automatic payroll deductions. Since it started, PECSF has raised over $45 million and expanded to serve 28 regions throughout British Columbia.

Goals

  • Inspires BC Public Service employees to support local charitable organizations through biweekly and one-time payroll deductions and through fundraising events
  • Supports local charities that apply for funding. Funding is provided in three-year cycles.

Giving Through PECSF

An awareness campaign runs every year from mid-September to mid-November, with kick-off events where volunteers and donors meet funded charities. Each year, a deputy minister is invited to be the campaign's honourary chair.

There are two routes employees can choose to give through PECSF:

  • Donor choice - any Canada Revenue Agency registered charity
  • Fund supported pool - a pool of locally screened charities

PECSF is registered federally as a Charitable Employee Trust. It is governed by a board of directors. It is the only organization authorized to canvass provincial government employees in the workplace. 

Volunteers

  • Over 1,000 B.C. public servants volunteer every year
  • Volunteering is encouraged and supported by executive
  • The PECSF central office holds training sessions (in person and online) for new and seasoned employee volunteers
  • PECSF volunteers coordinate fundraising within their ministry or organization, and sometimes across ministries or within a building
  • Each ministry, agency, board or commission designates at least one lead representative to coordinate their team’s campaign
  • Volunteer canvassers and event helpers report directly to their designated PECSF lead coordinator or workplace PECSF committee
  • Volunteers are recognized at award presentations held in January and early February. Certificates of appreciation are sent to all volunteers

Donations

  • All employee contributions are electronically forwarded to the PECSF central office in Victoria for distribution
  • Donated funds are administered according to Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP)
  • 100 percent of donations go to charitable organizations
  • Contributions are disbursed twice a year to the various charities chosen by donors
  • Fund supported pool donations stay within the local community
  • The Office of the Auditor General of British Columbia conducts an annual review which provides additional confidence and assurance to all donors and supporters
  • PECSF is registered with the Canada Revenue Agency as a private foundation/employee trust: BN/Registration Number: 88940 7466 RR0001

Administration

  • The PECSF central office in Victoria has two full-time and one part-time staff member
  • Government absorbs all administrative costs
  • A Board of Directors, made up of BC Public Service employees, clarifies policies and procedures relating to strategic planning and financial decisions
  • Regional committee members annually review PECSF-funded charity programs to make sure all donated dollars are still going toward programs and services that were approved
  • Every three years, these committees accept new applications for funding and interview eligible charities