State Employee Charitable Campaign

What is the SECC?

The State Employee Charitable Campaign is an annual workplace giving and fundraising initiative authorized by the Texas Legislature. 

Campaigns are run by state employees at the agencies and institutions of higher education where they work. The campaign accepts donations in cash, by check, and by monthly payroll deduction. Charities in the campaign are vetted; they must be 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations who provide direct or indirect health and human services and who spend no more than 25 percent of funds raised on administrative costs. There are over 400 eligible charities in the 2017 campaign, and over 40 of them provide services in Denton, Cooke, Grayson, and Fannin counties.

UNT's campaign goal this year is to surpass last year's achievements of $175,252 in pledges and a participation rate of 31.5%. Anyone can contribute, including students and student workers … but only salaried employees may opt for payroll deduction. The minimum donation is $2.

The campaign provides a convenient way for UNT employees to give to many of their favorite charitable organizations. The campaign runs October 1-31 and includes many fun events.

Learn more at the Texas SECC Site.

Who Is Involved?

UNT's 2017 SECC Campaign is headed by a committee of faculty and staff who coordinate efforts, promote awareness, and contribute to the success of the initiative. The 2017 members are:

  • Marcia Staff, Faculty Co-Chair (College of Business - Department of Finance, Insurance, Real Estate and Law)
  • Katie McCoy, Staff Co-Chair (College of Music - Murchison Performing Arts Center)
  • Cheryl McQueen, past Staff Co-Chair (College of Business - Office of the Dean)
  • Hillary Castillo (College of Health and Public Service - Department of Rehabilitation and Health Services)
  • Jack Becker (College of Business - Department of Information Technology & Decision Sciences)
  • Coby Condrey (Libraries)
  • Ruby Raines (Administration - Office of the President)

The most important person to be involved, of course, is YOU.


How to Give:

  1. Identify your favorite charity, or charities, for your contribution. You may consult a directory of charities covering statewide and Denton-area organizations, or a searchable database of all participating charities throughout the state. Write the six digit charity code(s) on the authorization form.
  2. Choose an amount and a method for making your gift. You may donate cash or check, or elect to give through payroll deduction. The minimum gift is $2. Make checks payable to SECC.
  3. Complete the authorization form. If you choose to have your contribution deducted from your payroll, please use your employee ID instead of your social security number. Remember to provide your identifying information and your signature.
  4. Send or deliver the authorization form to SECC: Student Accounting, ESSC. Place the authorization form in the provided envelope, include your check or cash if appropriate, and give it to your departmental coordinator or place it in campus mail. Please do not send cash through campus mail; cash must be personally delivered to a departmental coordinator or to Student Accounting.


Note: The SECC list of approved charities changed slightly after publication. Please be aware of the following:

  1. Statewide charity change. America's Best Charities affiliate Armed Forces Foundation (code #0805433) has ceased operation and is no longer in the campaign. There is a different affiliate, Armed Forces Family Survivors Fund (code #085430) that is still active and eligible for contributions.
  2. Capital Area charity change. Care Communities (code #228313) is closing on or before October 31, 2017.
  3. Denton Area charity change. UNT Feral Cat Rescue has a typographical error in its code appearing in printed sources; please use the correct code: #295071.
  4. Texas Pine Belt Area charity change. Boys and Girls Club of Trinity (code #460272) should have its AFR rate listed as 6%.
  5. Texas Pine Belt Area charity changeBoys and Girls Club of Walker County (code #460261) should have its AFR listed as 23%.   

Help us help people all over the world with your donations.

2016 Campaign Results

University of North Texas (Denton) 31% $137,629
UNT System (ITSS & BSC in Denton) 32% $37,623
Total 31.5% $175,252

Did you know?

  • The SECC raised more than $8.3 million for charitable organizations in 2016.
  • With the administrative cost overhead capped at 25 percent or less for participating charities, more of your donation gets to the causes you support than in almost any similar fundraising activity.
  • Give what you feel is appropriate for you and your budget — any gift, no matter the size, will help improve the quality of life in communities locally, across the country and around the world. Your gift is both tax deductible and confidential.
  • Learn about what your gift will provide and about the benefits of payroll deduction.

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:

Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
P.O. Box 13528, Capitol Station
Austin, Texas 78711-3528