The Texas Legislature established the SECC in 1993. It is the only charitable organization authorized to solicit donations in state workplaces. The SECC allows employees of state agencies, universities and community colleges to support their favorite charities through an annual campaign featuring convenient payroll deduction.
Employees Increase Support
for Annual Giving Campaign
Each year UT Dallas joins forces with other institutions for the State Employee Charitable Campaign (SECC) to raise funds for a number of local, national and international nonprofit organizations. During the recent 2013 campaign, University faculty and staff again opened their hearts, contributing more than $120,000 to the cause.
“One of the most gratifying statistics each year is the total number of organizations receiving support from the UT Dallas family,” said Dwight Clasby, assistant vice president for development and campaign coordinator. “This year more than 220 agencies, large and small, throughout North Texas and beyond will receive funds as a result of the campaign.”
Seventy-two leadership gifts – contributions of $1,000 or more – totaling nearly $90,000 helped propel the campaign to the $122,502.08 total, up from $121,964.16 in 2012. Additionally, the average gift increased by $12.
Historically, two University programs are popular recipients for UT Dallas donors. This year 127 individuals contributed more than $21,000 to the Callier Center for Communication Disorders and $19,000 to the Academic Bridge Program. Gifts made to each of these programs count toward the Realize the Vision: The Campaign for Tier One & Beyond, a $200 million, five-year effort to support UT Dallas’ quest to become a nationally competitive research institution.
Throughout the SECC’s 20-year history, employees of Texas state agencies and higher education institutions have contributed more than $11 million to the effort.
Top 10 Charity Agencies Supported
by Faculty and Staff in 2013
|1. Callier Center for Communication Disorders - UT Dallas
|2. Academic Bridge Program - UT Dallas
|3. North Texas Food Bank
|4. Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas
|5. United Way of Metropolitan Dallas
|6. Catholic Charities of Dallas
|7. Catholic Relief Services - USCCB
|8. SPCA of Texas
|9. Meals on Wheels
|10. American Red Cross North Texas Region
Trellis Society Recognizes SECC Donors to UT Dallas Programs
When you designate a portion of your SECC gift to the Academic Bridge Program (283668) or the Callier Center for Communication Disorders (283044), you become a member of the Trellis Society, which recognizes faculty and staff who make gifts to UT Dallas schools, centers or programs.
Membership benefits include invitations to special events, acknowledgement throughout the year, and recognition on the online Donor Wall.
Learn more on the Trellis Society web page.