SAN DIEGO (December 12, 2017) – In keeping with an 18-year-old Christmas holiday tradition, all 50 employees of Cavignac & Associates, a San Diego-based risk management firm, donated gifts of hope and cheer to those less fortunate in the community, giving a combined $18,000 out of their own paychecks to 11 local nonprofit organizations.

The $18,000 worth of holiday donations from Cavignac & Associates’ employees was in addition to the more than $100,000 in corporate contributions and individual donations made by the company’s six principals during 2017.

The employee donations were dispersed from Cavignac & Associates’ Employee Charity Fund, a program established 18 years ago that enables individual employees to uphold the company’s mission to be an “effective corporate citizen” by donating both time and money to nonprofit organizations they determine to be most deserving of their support.  All employees are given the option to participate by having specific amounts deducted from their paychecks throughout the year.  As in past years, 100 percent of the employees contributed this year.

"There are so many great San Diego charities that support worthwhile causes, and the need for financial assistance and volunteer help was stronger than ever this year,” said Jeffrey Cavignac, president and principal of Cavignac & Associates.  “The Charity Fund committee members diligently research different organizations and carefully select the ones they are most passionate about.  The program goes a long way to open their eyes to various social issues and connect their hearts to the San Diego community.”

The Cavignac & Associates Employee Charity Fund is governed by a committee comprised of a chairperson, treasurer and interested employees. The committee meets monthly to review the bank balance, specific organizations under consideration, and requests by new ones. The underlying principles of the committee are to support under-funded, tax-deductible 501(c)3 organizations that help the under-served population of San Diego, including seniors, children and teenagers, the physically disabled, veterans, military families, and the homeless.

This year, the employees of Cavignac & Associates directed monetary contributions to Casa de Amparo, Challenged Athletes Foundation, Doors of Change, Kids Included Together, Say San Diego, Serving Seniors, Voices for Children, the Wounded Warrior Project, Monarch School, the Emilo Nares Foundation and Workshops for Warriors.

In addition to making monetary donations to 11 charities, Cavignac & Associates’ employees once again participated in the SAY San Diego “Adopt A Family” program by sponsoring two families, one a family of six with two boys and two girls, the other a family of five with two boys and one girl.  Company employees shopped for each member of the families, and fulfilled items on their individual Christmas wish lists.  Recently they gave up their lunch hour to wrap all the gifts and later delivered them to SAY San Diego for presentation to the families in need. Susan McFarland, senior account manager for Cavignac & Associates, organized the Say San Diego “Adopt a Family” effort this year.

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