Frequently Asked Questions

About the Program

1. What is the purpose of the Employee Giving Program? 2. How does the program work? 3. What is the Employee Giving Committee? 4. What is a Giving Ambassador? 5. How are Giving Ambassadors chosen?

Program Participation

6. Who can participate? 7. How can I make a donation? 8. Who can participate via payroll deduction? 9. Can I contribute to more than one program/project? 10. Can I donate something other than money? 11. What forms of payment are accepted? 12. What happens if I take unpaid leave, family medical leave of absence, or go on workman’s compensation? 13. What happens if I am no longer employed by AltaMed Health Services?

Fund Distribution

14. Once the money is collected, how are dollars dispersed? 15. How will I know how where the money is going? 16. Will donated funds pay for an AltaMed Employee’s salary or program expenses?

Additional resource

17. Where can I find more information about the program?

1. What is the purpose of the Employee Giving Program?

The Employee Giving Program provides AltaMed employees an opportunity to support our patients and the communities we serve. The Employee Giving Committee will determine which local programs, projects and activities to support, based on what you - the employees - are most passionate about. Employees will have the opportunity to make recurring or a one-time donation for any amount. The goal of AltaMed GIVES is to bring employees together in support of our mission by giving back to the patients/participants we care for every day.

2. How does the program work?

An employee can make either a one-time donation or a regular donation via AltaMed’s payroll system utilizing the electronic deduction form which can be found at www.altamedgives.org. The Employee Giving Committee will review programs proposed by AltaMed’s business units and employees to select which to support for the coming year. Once programs are selected, employees may choose which one(s) their donations will support.

3. What is the Employee Giving Committee?

The Employee Giving Committee determines the causes which will be supported each year based on suggestions from other AltaMed employees and the amount of money allocated to each cause. Committee members are chosen from a pool of nominated/self-nominated full-time AltaMed employees.

4. What is a Giving Ambassador?

A Giving Ambassador is an AltaMed employee who advocates on behalf of AltaMed GIVES in their department or work site and embraces the goal of the program. Ambassadors are able to serve on the Employee Giving Committee, participate in Giving Back events, and recruit staff into the giving program.

5. How are Giving Ambassadors chosen?

Any employee is allowed to nominate themselves or a fellow employee, preferably those in non-management positions, to be a Giving Ambassador. The Development Department will follow up with each nomination to confirm that the employee is interested. Those that have agreed will be Giving Ambassadors for a one-year term.

6. Who can participate?

Any individual interested in supporting AltaMed GIVES’ programs is welcome to participate.

7. How can I make a donation?

Employees can make either a one-time donation or recurring donations through electronic payroll deductions and credit card. Employees can enroll for payroll deductions either one time, 26 payroll periods, or recurring. There is no minimum amount or requirement to participate in the program. Employees should donate at the capacity or level they feel comfortable. Employees have the opportunity to continue their enrollment in the program when their period ends.

8. Who can participate via payroll deduction?

Any full-time AltaMed employee can participate in the program via automatic payroll deductions. Contractors, per diems, interns, and individuals not employed by AltaMed can participate by visiting www.altamedgives.org and selecting the credit card option.

9. Can I contribute to more than one program/project?

Employees will be able to select from the programs/project/activities listed. Once the employee has selected which program(s) they would like to support, they can then designate what dollar amount they would like to give to each.

10. Can I donate something other than money?

Depending upon which programs/projects/activities employees choose to support, there may be opportunities to donate items. For example, employees may choose to host a toy drive leading up to the holidays, in which case toy donations would be accepted. In addition, the Development Department will be offering volunteer opportunities for those employees who wish to donate their time. Volunteer opportunities will be based on the programs/projects/activities the Employee Giving Committee chose to support and all AltaMed employees will be welcomed to participate.

11. What forms of payment are accepted?

We are currently accepting credit card and payroll deductions as payment. Actual cash will not be accepted. At no time should an employee be asked to provide cash as part of the donation process. If any employee approaches you requesting a cash donation for AltaMed GIVES, please inform your supervisor immediately as well as the Development Department at [email protected]

12. What happens if I take unpaid leave, family medical leave of absence, or go on workman’s compensation?

An employee does not have to notify the Development Department of leave. Payroll deductions will automatically stop during an employee’s leave and will resume upon their return.

13. What happens if I am no longer employed by AltaMed Health Services?

Any employee that is no longer employed will be unenrolled from the AltaMed GIVES program. No attempts will be made to collect the outstanding balance of their donation beyond their employment with AltaMed. Payroll will notify the Development Department of any employee that is terminated to be removed from future mailings.

14. Once the money is collected, how are dollars dispersed?

Funds will be dispersed as dictated by the schedule of each approved program/project/activity and as decided by the Employee Giving Committee. Each employee is able to designate which program/project/activity their funds support at the time of their donation.

15. How will I know how where the money is going?

Employees will be able to view monthly updates on dollars donated and dollars spent at www.altamedgives.org. You can also contact the Development Department at [email protected] for additional information.

16. Will donated funds pay for an AltaMed Employee’s salary or program expenses?

No, these funds will only be used to provide support for programs/projects/activities/patients voted on by the Employee Giving Committee. AltaMed pays for all administrative costs of this program so that 100% of every employee’s dollars goes towards supporting our communities.

17. Where can I find more information about the program?

For more information, visit www.altamedgives.org or email the Development Department at [email protected] An employee can also speak with their site Giving Ambassador or an Employee Giving Committee member. A list of ambassadors and committee members can be found on our website.