Maryland Charity Campaign


The Maryland Charity Campaign is an annual workplace giving campaign that allows Maryland State Employees and Retirees the opportunity to easily support over 900 participating charitable organizations. The participating charities serve the citizens of Maryland, the United States, and people of other countries in a variety of ways. Donating through the Maryland Charity Campaign provides meals to the hungry, services to the disabled, funds to research disease, technology to clean the environment, and many other worthwhile causes. Without the Maryland Charity Campaign, the participating organizations would miss out on the $2.9 million dollars raised in 2016.

Each fall, pledge cards and the Maryland Charity Campaign Agency Guide and Directory are distributed to all State employees and retirees. This card enables our donors to specify their charitable organization(s) and their desired monetary contribution as well as the method in which they choose to contribute (Payroll deduction, cash, check, or charge). The Maryland Charity Campaign runs annually from September to December with the payroll deductions commencing the following January. The Agency Guide and Directory lists all participating charities with a brief description of the services they provide and information on how to contact the organization.

The Office of the Secretary of State annually reviews the applications to participate in the Maryland Charity Campaign. Each charity must retrieve the application annually from the Maryland Charity Campaign website ( Applications are typically available at the beginning of January and must be returned to the Secretary of State’s office by the end of February (Dates are determined annually).

If you would like an application for the Maryland Charity Campaign, please visit for more information and to download the application once it is available. This year’s application is currently closed. The Secretary of State’s office will release next year’s application December 2017.

In order for a charitable organization to be eligible to participate in the Maryland Charity Campaign, it must:

  1. be currently registered with the Charitable Organizations Division of the Office of the Secretary of State and in full compliance with the Maryland Solicitations Act;
  2. submit various state and federal documents, including articles of incorporation, by-laws or other organizing document, a 501(c)(3) tax determination letter issued by the Internal Revenue Service, and a copy of the organization's most recent IRS Form 990;
  3. demonstrate that the charity has provided, for at least two years immediately preceding the calendar year of the campaign, a significant level of service to the residents of Maryland or those in need in other countries; and
  4. demonstrate that the charity spends less than 25% of the organization's total revenue on management and fund-raising expenses.