About the Provincial Employees Community Services Fund

Last updated on June 19, 2024

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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 $50 million and expanded to serve 29 regions throughout British Columbia.


  • Inspire BC Public Service employees to support local charitable organizations through bi-weekly and one-time payroll deductions and fundraising events
  • Support 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:

PECSF is registered federally as a Charitable Employee Trust and governed by a board of directors.

PECSF is the only organization authorized to canvass provincial government employees in the workplace. 


  • 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


  • 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% 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


  • The PECSF central office in Victoria has three full-time staff members
  • 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