The State Employee Charitable Campaign (SECC) is a combined work place campaign that provides state employees with a convenient and efficient way to make voluntary, tax-deductible contribution to charities through payroll deduction. A combined campaign involves many charities, offering employees broad choices in giving. Several charitable federations and funds worked with local United Ways to win passage of the legislation in May 1993.
Each fall, state employees will be given a single brochure listing the eligible charities, and pledge card. Employees will be able to choose one or more of the charities for contributions by completing a pledge form authorizing deductions from their paychecks.
The law creates a State Policy Committee to oversee the overall campaign, and Local Employee Committees to oversee the local state employee campaign in specific geographical areas. These committees will set campaign policy, determine eligibility for applicant charities, and monitor campaign activities. Local Employee Committee Chair is Elizabeth N. Martinez. Committee members are: Jaime Arizpe, Melissa Flores, Argelia “Kelly” Herrera, Raul Leal, Deirdre Reyna, Christie A. Saenz, Lydia Segovia, Estela A. Torres and Mary Trevino.
The State Advisory Committee, comprised of representatives of charitable organizations with experience in work place charitable giving campaign, will advise the State Policy Committee on policy and campaign matters.
Campaign Managers are responsible for the day-to-day operation of the campaign. Campaign Managers will be selected by the Local Employee Committees in each campaign area. Campaign areas – geographical regions of the state in which campaigns will be operated – will be established by the State Policy Committee.
The Comptrollerís primary responsibility is the promulgation of the Administrative Rules for the SECC. The Comptrollerís office is the final stage of the Policy Document phase of the rulemaking process. For more infomation on the Texas SECC go to www.secctexas.org