2016 STAR Awards – Departments 251-600 employees

The King County Employee Giving Program Department Achievement Awards recognize the different milestones that departments achieve in 4 areas: participation, dollars pledged, most improved, and the number of “New Connections” that were made in a year.

For Departments with 251 to 600 employees, the program is honored to recognize the following:

Participation: Department of Community and Human Services (DCHS)


Pictured: Katherine Festa, Brad McGuire, Valerie Kendall, Lorinda Youngcourt, Sue Churchill, Josephine Wong (peeking from behind), Teesha Bailey, Dave Upthegrove, Mindy Hawkins

This is the sixth year in a row that DCHS has had the highest participation in this category. They consistently discover creative and inventive ways to engage their employees – such as the now infamous Top Dog competition.

This office is a perfect example of using workplace giving as an opportunity to build teams, increase morale, and engage employees through change management, with extraordinary results. Way to go DCHS!

Dollars Raised: King County Information Technology (KCIT)


Pictured: Lorinda Youngcourt, Jane Wu, Ashley Byrd, Stacy Campbell, Kieu Ton, Dave Upthegrove, Leslie Arai.

KCIT is racking up awards all over the place and they are doing it with workplace giving as well! They find innovative ways to reach employees each year, including using the Annual Giving Drive as a fun way to introduce and better utilize enterprise tools. They are also committed each year to 100% paperless giving in their department.  Thank you KCIT!

Most Improved and New Connections: Department of Public Defense (DPD)


Pictured: Lorinda Youngcourt, Mary Fisher, Dave Upthegrove

The Department of Public Defense is only in its third year as a department with King County after decades of independent service to the community.  We are so excited to have them with us! Their heart and grit this year were to be envied.  They improved an astonishing 182% in dollars raised and 192% in participation! They were the most improved in the entire county. Their lead Ambassador, Mary Fisher, is also being recognized for Outstanding Ambassadorship for going above and beyond.  Thank you Lorinda and DPD, way to go!

See all department and separately elected results here

Read about all the 2016 award winners here.

Interested in developing personally and professionally and making a difference? Join our award-winning program today by joining the committee or being an Ambassador.