Frequently Asked Questions

Thursday, September 10

What is the SECC?

The State Employee Charitable Campaign (SECC) allows employees of state agencies, junior and community colleges, and universities throughout Texas to donate to a number of local, statewide or national charities in a one-time gift or through payroll deduction.

How does the SECC work?

Giving is easy and convenient. Choose from over 500 nonprofits, and make a donation to your favorite charities through the SECC. You can give through a monthly payroll deduction and spread your gift out across the year, or participate through a one-time donation for the charities of your choice.

All charities in the campaign must meet strict eligibility criteria in order to qualify. 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.

Why should I give?

Giving through the SECC allows you to support a favorite cause or charity, and you have the opportunity to help those who are less fortunate through no fault of their own. It will make you feel great to donate to a worthy cause, and all donations are tax-deductible.

How much should I donate?

First, 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.

Second, 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.

How does my donation make a difference?

$10/month for one year

$20/month for one year

  • Underwrites free museum admission for 30 students.
  • Pays a veteran’s occupational certification to find employment.
  • Helps 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.
  • 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.