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What is CECO?
Who manages CECO?
What is the Employee Crisis Fund?
What organizations does CECO support?
Why should I give to CECO?
Are my CECO donations tax deductible?

What is CECO?
The San Diego County Employees’ Charitable Organization (CECO) has served as the charitable arm of County employees since 1956. CECO collects donations from County of San Diego and Superior Court employees and retirees via automatic payroll deductions and one-time contributions.  100% of donations go back out to the local community via grants to local non-profit organizations and assistance to employees in crisis. Since its founding in 1956, CECO has distributed over $5 million throughout the San Diego region.

 

Who manages CECO?

CECO is entirely employee managed.

CECO’s Board of Directors consists of representatives from County departments and the Superior Court. The Board of Directors elects the Executive Committee from among its members. The Executive Committee is responsible for the operations and management of CECO.

The Board of Directors volunteer their time which allows for 100% of donations to CECO to go directly to local non-profit organizations, and active and retired County employees in crisis.

 

What is the Employee Crisis Fund?

The Employee Crisis Fund is available to assist County of San Diego and Superior Court employees who are on the active payroll and are experiencing a “one-time financial crisis”. Retirees of the County of San Diego and Superior Court experiencing a “one-time financial crisis” are also eligible to apply. An applicant is expected to have met his/her basic needs, as well as any dependents’ needs, from his/her own resources prior to the current crisis. When the crisis is over, the applicant must again be able to meet his/her basic needs.

The decision to grant funds is based on the following: the applicant’s eligibility, the applicant’s need, and the circumstances underlying the lack of resources.

Click here for more information.

 

What organizations does CECO support?
CECO grants are awarded to local non-profit organizations that serve vulnerable populations in the San Diego County. Thousands of lives have been touched since CECO’s inception in 1956. For a list of grant recipients since 2009, click here.

 

Why should I give to CECO?
  1. CECO makes giving easy. Employees can make a one-time donation and/or sign up for a biweekly paycheck deduction via Employee Self-Service.  
  2. CECO allows for greater impact. Employees can have a greater impact in the community with a donation to CECO because their individual contribution is combined with the contributions of other employees.
  3. CECO gives locally. 100% of donations stay in San Diego.
  4. CECO has no overhead. 100% of donations to CECO go directly to the community, via grants to local non-profits and the Employee Crisis Fund.
  5. CECO donations are tax deductible. Subject to IRS restrictions, your donation is tax-deductible if you itemize on your tax return.

 

Are my CECO donations tax deductible?
Subject to IRS restrictions, your donation is tax-deductible if you itemize on your tax return.