How to Apply

Thank you for your interest in applying for this year’s State Employee Charitable Campaign (SECC)!

The SECC gives all current and retired state and higher education employees in Texas the opportunity to contribute to any of the approved charitable organizations that participate in the campaign. Since its beginning, state employees have contributed more than $200 million to participating organizations!

 

If your organization provides services to one local region in Texas, please review the requirements and consider applying to the SECC!

*2023 Local Charity Application to be opened Monday, February 13*

Need to know which SECC region you serve? Check our SECC region map here.

  • All applicants are required to have or create an account to complete and submit your application. Keep your user name and password handy so that you can "save a draft" and return to complete your submission. Also this user name and password will continue to be used for future applications.
    • LOGIN HERE (If you already have a user name and password)
    • CREATE AN ACCOUNT (New users only - an email will be sent to you)
    • RESET YOUR PASSWORD (if your email has been used previously, you can reset your password)
    • LOGOUT (Be sure to log out once you have saved your draft or submitted your application)

 

If your organization provides services to more than one local region in Texas, please apply using the link below.

Note: All statewide applicants must be part of a charitable federation.

  • All applicants are required to have or create an account to complete and submit your application. Keep your user name and password handy so that you can "save a draft" and return to complete your submission. Also this user name and password will continue to be used for future applications.
    • LOGIN HERE (If you already have a user name and password)
    • CREATE AN ACCOUNT (New users only - an email will be sent to you)
    • RESET YOUR PASSWORD (if your email has been used previously, you can reset your password)
    • LOGOUT (Be sure to log out once you have saved your draft or submitted your application)

Watch statewide application training video

 

Re-certification in the 2023 Application

The State Employee Charitable Campaign (SECC) State Policy Committee (SPC) allows for a re-certification process for eligible charities applying for the 2023 campaign. While eligible federation affiliated charities will still have to submit a full application to their statewide/local federation representatives, re-certification guidelines lessen the amount of documentation that federations in turn are be required to send to the State or Local Employee Committee for their review.

It shall be the responsibility of each statewide/local federation to certify that all member charities applying for admission under its federation are in compliance with the campaign’s regulations and have submitted complete application documentation to the federation.

The SECC State Policy Committee and Local Employee Committees have the authority to request detailed information from a federation regarding a member charity as it relates to requirements for the SECC. Please carefully review the guidelines below to ensure that you are submitting the correct documentation. 

Click on "Application Information & Resources" below for a list of charities eligible for re-certification in 2023. For a State Policy Committee re-certification authorization letter or for any questions about this aspect of the application, please contact Megan Hall, megan.hall@uwtexas.org .

Re-Certification Eligibility Criteria

  • Statewide/local federation and affiliates must have not spent more than 25% of their annual revenue for administrative and fund-raising expenses in the prior year's campaign; and
  • Statewide/local federation and affiliates must have participated in the prior year's SECC;
  • List of charities eligible for re-certification in the 2023 SECC.

Required Documentation

If eligible, statewide/local federations must submit the following to the State Policy Committee:

  • Letter from the State Policy Committee stating eligibility to apply to the State Employee Charitable Campaign via the re-certification process, provided by the State Campaign Manager;
  • All documentation in compliance with 34 TAC § 329.1 (relating to Audit and Review Requirements); and
  • Current operating budget.

If eligible, federation affiliate charities must submit the following to their statewide/local federation representative to submit to the State Policy Committee:

  • Letter from the State Policy Committee stating eligibility to apply to the State Employee Charitable Campaign via the re-certification process. This letter is provided by the State Campaign Manager and can be received contacting Megan Hall, megan.hall@uwtexas.org ; and
  • Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Form 990, specifically, all pages of the Form 990 preceding and including the signature page, which shall contain the signature and attestation of the individual preparing the form. The form must be less than 18 months old.

Important Notes

  • All eligible federation affiliate members must still submit a complete application to the statewide/local federation for their records and potential request for review by state employees.
  • A complete application with all documentation shall be maintained by the statewide/local federation for three years from the date of the application. The SPC may conduct a random audit of any and all documentation prior to and subsequent to approval of the federation or its affiliate charity(ies) for any year's State Employee Charitable campaign.
  • Every third year, the statewide/local federation must submit a complete application for itself and for each of its affiliate charities for review by state employees.
  • Each re-certification application is subject to review and approval or rejection by the current State Policy Committee or Local Employee Committee, is subject to the rules then in effect, and can be denied for any of the reasons that a full application can be denied.

Source Note: The provisions of 34 TAC § 329.5 adopted to be effective March 16, 2006, 31 TexReg 1721; amended to be effective July 2, 2008, 33 TexReg 5024; amended to be effective December 4, 2014, 39 TexReg 9363.

All SECC statewide and local applicants are encouraged to review the following statute and regulations: