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CMC Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the CMC?

    A: The Combined Municipal Campaign (CMC) is an annual drive to raise funds from City of Houston employees to be contributed to various charitable organizations of their choice, organizations registered with the CMC. The campaign, conducted by City of Houston employees, begins officially in October of each year with events leading up to the start of the campaign.

  • How do I make a donation?

    A: After reviewing the list of agencies, login to your ESS account at portal.houstontx.gov and choose Employee Self Service at the top. Once you are in your account, click on My CMC. then click on CMC Elections and make your selection. If you do not have computer access at work, you may sign-up at home or you can use the paper form available from your department coordinator. Complete the form, make yourself a copy and return it to your department coordinator.

  • What charities can I choose from?

    A: There is a list of Federations which represent a number of worthy causes and over 150 independent CMC Agencies to choose from on the CMC website.

  • What is a federation?

    A: A federation is an umbrella group that represents similar charities in charitable fund drives. By joining together, they are able to keep administrative and fund-raising expenses at a minimum. There are 11 federations participating in this year's campaign: America's Charities (1000) America's Best Charities (1800, 2500, 2700) Black United Fund of Texas (1200) Community Health Charities (1300) Earth Share of Texas (1400) Global Impact (1500) Local Independent Charities (1600, 2300, 2600) Neighbor to Nation (1700) Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund (1900) United Negro College Fund (2000) United Way of Greater Houston (2100)

  • Does the campaign have brochures we can distribute?

    A: Yes.The CMC Tribute handbook provides information about the CMC and lists information about the federations and charities that participate in the campaign. A City of Houston employee may designate only the charities listed in the brochure. For more information, contact your department CMC coordinator.  

  • Why is the CMC using an online form?

    A: The City of Houston is committed to reducing paper waste and increasing the effieciency of City functions. In an ongoing effort to make the CMC more efficient, HR has decided to use an electronic pledge form. No more Scantrons means less errors and in return, the reporting process will be simplified and reconciliation will be faster.  

  • What is the Recognition Breakfast for?

    A: The Recognition Breakfast is a way for the CMC to thank the departments who made their goals, or challenges and to thank employees who joined the Above & Beyond by donating 1% or more of their annual salary.

  • What is a one-time deduction?

    A: A one-time deduction will only only be taken out of your frst paycheck January 6, 2017.  

  • How does payroll deduction work?

    A: Your annual gift to a charity is deducted from your paycheck throughout the year. If you choose 24 payroll deductions, the pledge will be deducted from your paycheck every 2 weeks beginning in January 6, 2017.  

  • What months will the deductions occur for this campaign?

    A: The first deduction will be taken out of your January 6, 2017 paycheck and deductions will continue through the end of December 2017 if you chose to donate bi-monthly. Deductions will only come out of the regular 24 paychecks, not the 2 “extra” checks.

  • I'm already on a tight budget. How can I afford to give?

    A: Even a modest payroll deduction can help provide vital services to care for children, protect the elderly, shelter abused women, support disaster and crisis services, and much, much more. And giving through payroll deduction makes your contribution even easier, because you can spread it over the entire year. See how much just one dollar a pay period can help.

  • Can I designate my contribution to a specific organization?

    A: Absolutely! CMC encourages participants to make their contribution a personal and meaningful decision. You may have your gift sent to up to five different agencies - the choice is yours.

  • When is the campaign?

    A: The campaign sign-up starts October 1 and ends October 31. Deductions for the 2017 campaign will run from January - December 2017.

  • How do I become a CMC agency?

    A: We accept applications from non-profit agencies that have a 501c3 registered with the government and adhere to the criteria listed on the CMC application. Applications are accepted until May 31 of each year. 

  • Where can I get an application?

    A: You can download the application from the CMC website.

  • How do we receive funds?

    A: One-time payroll deduction payments will be mailed out in April, along with the first of four bi-monthly payroll deduction payments. Bi-monthly payroll deduction payments are mailed out in quarterly installments in April, July, October and January. 

  • What can I do to get my agency more involved?

    A: In September of each year, there is an Agency Fair held in conjuntion with Urban Harvest Farmer's Market at Hermann Square Park/City Hall. This gives employees the chance to talk one-on-one with representatives and enables them to learn more about the various CMC agencies. Registration for the Agency Fair opens a few weeks leading to the event and space is limited as there are only 60-80 spaces available. In addition, the CMC holds an Online Auction each year. Your agency can donate items and benefit from the amount raised for the items.        

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Testimonial

Sandra J. Schultz, President/CEO

"Thank you for touching lives through your generosity. Every day, because of the caring hearts of friends like you, we see lives changed as Houstonians begin to live the life God has planned for them and return to work to support their families."

-Sandra J. Schultz, President/CEO