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What is SECC?

 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.  The SECC is the only statutorily authorized workplace campaign for state agencies and higher education employees throughout Texas.  We can be proud that the campaign has grown so much in 22 years...donations exceeded $8.485 million for charitable organizations in 2015.

It's not hard to see why employees of the Friendship State have responded so enthusiastically to the SECC:

  • It's an easy, effective and cost-efficient way to give to charity.
  • 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.

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 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.  The directory 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.

Who governs and runs the SECC?

Committees of state employees govern the SECC at two levels - statewide and locally.  They ensure the campaign is conducted fairly and equitably under a strict set of guidelines that give donors confidence in both the charities that benefit and the methods used to solicit.

At the state level, a committee of state employees called the State Policy Committee (SPC) provides governance and oversight. Three members are appointed by the Governor and three each by the Lieutenant Governor and the Comptroller of Public Accounts.  They are responsible for a campaign plan, a budget and ensuring the eligibility of statewide organizations.  The SPC also hires a State Campaign Manager to administer the campaign.

At the local level, Local Employee Committees (LECs) provide similar oversight.  The SPC appoints the LEC chair, which then recruits a local committee of up to 10 members.  They hire a local campaign manager to administer the campaign locally.

Why should I give?

  • To help those who are less fortunate through no fault of their own.
  • To support a favorite cause or charity on a regular basis.
  • It's the right thing to do.
  • It will make you feel great.
  • It's tax deductable.

Your support of the SECC is voluntary

If you feel you are being coerced to donate money at any time during this campaign, please submit a written complaint to: The Comptroller of Public Accounts, 111 E. 17th Street, Austin, Texas 78774

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