About SECC

Tuesday, October 9

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.

2019 Goal: $150,000

Campaign Dates: October 1 to November 1

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 that features the convenience of payroll deduction. 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 during October and November. During this time, 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.

Give because:

• 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?

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.

The minimum amount to give to SECC is $3 for one-time gifts by cash or check.  Non-benefits eligible faculty and staff and students may give one-time gifts by cash or check using the  Pledge Form.

$10 PER MONTH for one year:

  • underwrites free museum admission for 30 students.
  • pays for a veteran’s occupational certification to find employment.
  • will help a family in crisis with their monthly utility or grocery bills.
  • provides lifesaving medicines to 7,200+ children and families around the world.
  • sponsors two local health advocates to attend a National Pesticide Forum and
    learn the skills needed to make positive changes in the community.
  • screens one uninsured woman for breast cancer.

$20 PER MONTH for one year:

  • provides a full year of groceries for a homebound AIDS patient.
  • provides food for one guide dog in advanced training.
  • buys six cases of non-latex gloves to keep volunteers safe during beach cleanups.
  • supports training in an environmental career for a person with a disability.
  • provides scholarship assistance for inner-city children to attend a nature camp.