Who Can Contribute?
Virtually all state employees and retirees are eligible to participate in the State Employees Combined Campaign. In addition to permanent full-time, part-time and time limited employees, you may also ask temporary employees, interns & contract employees if they would like to participate. Just remember, they cannot contribute by payroll deduction, but they can make a gift by cash, check or credit card.
What is the duration of my payroll deduction and when does it begin?
Deductions begin in January and continue through December of the year following the campaign pledge.
Do I need to fill out another Pledge form for this year’s pledge if I have given in the past?
Yes. A new form or online pledge must be completed every year.
Are contributions tax-deductible?
Yes, if you itemize. A copy of your pledge form serves as a receipt for tax purposes, but you may need additional documentation (a pay stub, a copy of a check, a credit card statement, etc.). Consult with your accountant or tax advisor for details.
Who determines how my contribution will be used?
You decide by designating your contribution to one or more charities listed in the 2011 SECC Giving Guide. The SECC does require that designations to a single charity total at least $10 to lessen the administrative costs of the campaign.
What happens to my contribution if I do not designate to a specific charity?
The campaign’s regulations assure that all undesignated funds are proportionately distributed to those charities receiving designations. If Charity A receives 5% of designated pledges, then Charity A will also receive 5% of undesignated pledges.
What is the campaign’s overhead?
The SECC is required to have an administrative cost of less than 10%. Staff and volunteers make every possible effort to economize and ensure that the greatest portion of every gift is disbursed to the campaign charities.
Does that 10% administrative cost ADD TO the administrative costs of my selected charity/charities?
No. The SECC’s 10% administrative cost does not “add to” your charity’s administrative costs. Instead, SECC DOLLARS ARE A VALUE-ADD. SECC dollars received by charities are incorporated into their entire budget as they see fit. In most cases, it actually helps to LOWER the fundraising and administrative costs. HOW? Charities do very little to raise and receive SECC dollars. Some charities are actually able to devote 100% that they receive to program costs. In the end, SECC dollars are highly prized as “unrestricted dollars” to address issues most in need of funding for your charity.
- Fundraising and administrative costs are a part of business for every charity. Keeping those costs low is a challenge.
- When a donor makes a pledge, 10% goes to the campaign costs of the SECC. Compare that to other fundraising organizations and you will see that it is extremely low in comparison.
- SO… 90 cents out of YOUR donated dollar goes to your charity to use as they see fit. The SECC has done what we can to help ensure they are a well-run charity, so we hope you will embrace their ability to spend your 90 cents wisely, whether it is part of paying the light bill or buying beans to feed a hungry child.
- Charities that are listed as members of Federations (groupings of charities) in many cases give a percentage (up to 10%) of their designated SECC dollars to that federation. That is an arrangement between the federation and the charities that is allowed by the SECC. Not all federations require this of their member charities and the percentage varies for those that do require it. Charities are not required to apply as part of a federation.
- The requirement for charities to have under 25% fundraising and administrative cost to be eligible for the SECC was a guideline established by the state campaign’s leadership as an acceptable measure for a charity’s efficiency. That is just one of many other requirements that help ensure that the charity is well-run. It is a figure calculated from their most recent Form 990 or Audit, and if they were SECC participants the year prior, SECC dollars are already included in it!
How Are Charities Approved for the Giving Guide?
All charities listed in the SECC Giving Guide must apply for admission annually and meet the campaign’s eligibility criteria established by regulations that govern the State Employees Combined Campaign. The criteria that the charities must meet can be found on our website at www.ncsecc.org under the “Federations” category.
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