2013 State Employee Charitable Campaign
October 1, 2013 - October 31, 2013
Frequently Asked Questions About the SECC
What is the State Employee Charitable Campaign (SECC)?
The SECC is a great opportunity for state employees to contribute towards helping improve the quality of life for tens of thousands of people who need our help. Legislation made it possible to conduct the SECC in 1994, offering Texas State Employees greater giving options with hundreds of charitable organization options. The workplace charity campaign provides state employees with a convenient and efficient way to make voluntary, tax-deductible contributions to charities through payroll deduction or a one time cash or check contribution. The SECC encourages you to take advantage of payroll deduction as a convenient method for giving. In our diverse society, with needs changing rapidly, the SECC is our opportunity to prove that "Together We Care" and together we can make a difference.
Why should I give through the SECC?
There is no better way for state employees to give to a charitable cause of their choice than through the SECC. Here's why the SECC is the smart way to give:
- Nother charitable campaign offers so many choices. There are hundreds of organizations to choose from. You decide which organizations best address your concerns.
- All agencies participating in the SECC have met strict eligibility standards established by state law and screened by the SECC State Policy Committee and the Local Employee Committee. Therefore, you can feel confident that your gift is being used efficiently and effectively by your designated charities.
- One pledge form and one signature helps your gift last all year long with the conveniencef payroll deduction.
- By having a combined campaign for many charities, administrative costs for charities decrease dramatically. Overall, the cost for operating the campaign has been under 15% but as the campaign participation and giving continues to grow, the operating cost will be reduced.
How are charities selected for inclusion in the SECC?
To participate in the SECC, a charitable organization must meet some strict but fair standards. These standards were established, by legislation, to protect Texas state employees. Participating organizations must show that they are:
- Tax-exempt, Non-profit, charitable organization which provides health and human services to the citizens of Texas or to needy people overseas;
- Governed by a voluntary board of directors that sets policy and oversees the activities of the organization;
- Audited or reviewed annually by an accountant to guarantee full and open financial disclosure; and
- Maintain administrative and fund-raising expenses of no more than 25 percent of annual revenue, unless there is a reasonable explanation and a plan to reduce costs.
The State Policy Committee, a group of state employees who oversee the administration of the SECC, sets campaign policy, determines eligibility for applicant charities and monitors the campaign activities.
What is Payroll Deduction?
Payroll deduction is convenient. It allows for the ability to have your gift deducted in small amounts from your paycheck each pay period. Through payroll deduction, you can afford to be more generous because it spreads your contribution out over a year's time. Payroll deduction provides nonprofit charities with a steady income over the year. This is critical in planning and implementing successful programs and in providing assistance when and where needed. If your state agency does not currently have payroll deduction, you are welcome to make a tax-deductible contribution to the charity of your choice with cash or checks made payable to the State Employee Charitable Campaign.
How do I contribute?
If you have any questions regarding the SECC, please contact Human Resources at HRTraining@utpa.edu or calling 665-5025. The official SECC period for UTPA is October 1 - October 31, 2013. All contribution forms must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 31, 2013.