Wednesday, October 12
The State Employee Charitable Campaign (SECC) is the workplace giving campaign for State of Texas employees, including state universities and colleges. The University of Texas at San Antonio participates in the SECC with the coordination of donations managed by the United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County.
Tell Me More
Thanks to legislation that created the State Employee Charitable Campaign in 1993, employees of state agencies, junior and community colleges, and universities throughout Texas enjoy the benefit of giving to many of their favorite charities through an annual workplace giving campaign which features the convenience of payroll deduction. We can be proud that the campaign has grown so much over 18 years, with donations exceeding $90 million for charitable organizations. It’s not hard to see why employees in Texas, the Friendship State, have responded so enthusiastically to the SECC:
- It’s an easy, effective and cost-efficient way to give to charities.
- Our contributions help improve the quality of life for people in communities locally, across the country and around the world.
- The campaign supports a wide variety of vital health and human services.
- All charities in the campaign must meet strict eligibility criteria.
With a low overhead of less than 10% statewide, more of your contribution gets to the charities you select than in almost any similar fund-raising activity.
How does it work?
Giving through the SECC is easy and convenient. Each fall, we get the opportunity to learn about the charities in the SECC, choose which ones we want to help, and then fill out a pledge form to indicate how much we wish to donate to which groups. We can make a one-time gift by cash or check. Or, even better, our gift can be deducted from each paycheck. The campaign runs from October 1st through November 4th. During this time period, you can expect to attend an informational meeting or be approached by a co-worker with information and a pledge form.
Why should I give?
SECC is an easy way state employees can show support for our communities. Through this campaign, UTSA employees can give to any number of local, statewide or national charities in a one-time gift or through payroll deduction.
• You can help those who are less fortunate through no fault of their own.
• You can support a favorite cause or charity on a regular basis.
• It will make you feel great.
• It’s the right thing to do.
• It’s tax deductible.
For more information about United Way, please visit www.unitedwaysatx.org.
How much should I give?
The minimum amount to give to SECC is $3 for one-time gifts by cash or check. There is no minimum amount for payroll deduction.
How much to give is totally up to you; your personal generosity is no one’s business but your own and remains confidential. Still, many of us like to have some idea of what is appropriate to consider as a gift.
First, you might consider participating as a leadership giver – one of the many people who like to do a little more by donating at the leadership giving levels described later.
Second, you might consider one of the standards used in campaigns like this throughout the nation – giving one hour’s pay per month, usually calculated as .006 of your annual salary.
Third, give what you feel is appropriate for you and your budget – any gift, no matter how large or small, can make all the difference in the world to the charities in this campaign.
Note: Non-benefits eligible faculty and staff and students may give one-time gifts by cash or check by Pledge Form
What will $1,000 do?
An SECC leadership gift of $1,000 or more will provide far-reaching opportunities for your favorite charitable organizations, enabling them to address a wider range of health and human service issues due to your increased generosity.
Think of this, a $1,000 gift is only $2.74/day or $83.34/month.
A leadership gift of $1,000 can provide:
- four days of child care in an accredited facility
- 32 meals for the elderly
- 104 days of parenting classes, teaching effective discipline and conflict management
- 48 students receiving assistance in math and sciences
- 48 days of support group for teens having experienced violence or sexual abuse
- 20 days of food and shelter for a homeless person
- 28 days of mentoring for at-risk youth
- 40 acres of land for wildlife habitat or public open space that provides both recreation and cleaner air
- 50 children receiving bicycle helmets an cycling instruction to prevent accidents and encourage environmentally-friendly methods of transportation
- crisis intervention services to 65 at-risk women and children in violent family situations
- art, music or dance therapy for two people with disabilities for an entire semester