Author: Charlotte Anthony | Category: Around Campus | September 15, 2017
The State Employee Charitable Campaign (SECC) is the state’s version of United Way. This campaign offers us the opportunity to provide financial support to any SECC charity of our choice which assists and empowers those that are struggling during a difficult time in their life. It can be a time of difficulty with health, finances, emotional problems, or assisting the elderly. Some agencies also support animal causes, the arts, in areas of communications, global assistance and many, many more.
How does it work?
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 beginning at the first of next year. The campaign runs from September through October. 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 or instruction on how to pledge on-line. The directory of charities is on this SECC page which provides information on all the charities in the campaign — a great resource not only for helping you make your choices, but also for finding help if you need it yourself.
What charities are involved?
One of the great benefits of the SECC is the wide variety of charities and causes represented — there’s something for everyone. They range from small local organizations to large and well-known national and international groups. Those charities that wish to participate must meet stringent legal requirements, and then be scrutinized by teams of state employees to ensure:
- They are recognized by the IRS as 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations and registered with the Secretary of State.
- They are audited (or reviewed) annually by an accountant in accordance with generally-accepted auditing standards.
- They provide direct or indirect health and human services.
- They spend no more than 25 percent of funds raised on administration and fund raising unless they qualify for an exception due to special circumstances.
Why is it important to give?
It’s important to give monetary donations for several reasons. Financial support allows these agencies to provide food, education, emotional support, shelter. Staffing support assists these agencies which cannot survive without employees that are passionate about serving others.
Building a community is not just with buildings, but also through personal contact and kind hearts. To be an SECC agency, you must meet stringent legal requirements, including not spending more than 25 percent of funds raised on administration and fund raising.
September 20 ~ 11am - 2pm ~ Lecture Hall Commons ~ Gift basket drawing, see flier for basket details ~ Pathology & Laboratory Medicine fundraiser flier
September 26 ~ Office of Educational Programs ~ Hot Dog Combo Sale ~ 11:30am to 1:30pm ~ Lecture Hall Commons ~ OEP Hot Dog and Chips Flier
September 26 ~ Anesthesia Dept. ~ Chalupa & Nacho sale ~ 11am to 1pm ~ 3.321E SOM ~ Anesthesia fundraiser flier
September 28 ~ Emergency Medicine ~ Nacho sale ~ 11am - 1pm ~ Lecture Hall Commons ~ Emergency Medicine flier
September 29 ~ Student Services ~ 10am - 2:30pm ~ Silent Auction ~ cotton candy - popcorn - snow cone sale ~ Student Services Conference room fundraiser flier
October 3 ~ Library ~ breakfast tacos ~ 7:30 - 10am ~ Lecture Hall Commons ~ Library fundraiser flier
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