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Frequently Asked Questions

Who determines how my contribution will be used?

You decide by designating your contribution to one or more charities listed in the 2015 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?

In 2015, the campaign’s administrative costs will be 10% or less. Campaign staff and volunteers make every possible effort to economize and assure that the greatest portion of every gift is disbursed to the campaign charities. The national average is over 25%.

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 under the federations category.