About the Provincial Employees Community Services Fund
Last updated: November 16, 2021
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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 28 regions throughout British Columbia.
- Inspire BC Public Service employees to support local charitable organizations through biweekly and one-time payroll deductions and through fundraising events
- Support local charities that apply for funding. Funding is provided in three-year cycles.
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 2 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.
- 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 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
- 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 3 years, these committees accept new applications for funding and interview eligible charities