What You Should Know about the
Michigan State Employee Charitable Campaign
Let’s face it; in order to keep individuals healthy, families strong, and keep our planet in top shape, it takes time, dedication and money. But too many “asks” can make donors feel frustrated and confused. Historically, that’s the very reason the SECC was created; to reduce confusion, make giving easy and let donors know that participating in the SECC equals giving with integrity. In partnership with approximately 1200 charitable partners, the SECC limits the amount of times annually that charitable organizations are invited to ask state employees for help. For about five weeks, typically in the fall, employees throughout the state are given the opportunity to participate in our state charitable campaign. This is a charitable campaign and money donations are critical for charities to do their daily work. However, agencies tell us that service, volunteering and food drives, thought and advocacy are important too. Whether a person gives time, money or some other necessary resource through the SECC is completely up to them. Participation in the annual SECC means assurance that the most efficient and consistent pathway is being used for state employees to support our annual tradition of charitable giving. For donor CHOICE in giving, TRUST in charitable partners and CONVENIENCE of payroll deduction, the SECC is the preferred option for state employees.
SECC Campaign Structure
The Michigan SECC uses a campaign structure that brings groups of organizations together to collaboratively campaign on behalf of a variety of groups and causes. This is called a “Federated” or “Umbrella” campaign structure. This is a great way to campaign because it keeps costs low, informs the process by sharing of best practices and ensures that there is equal opportunity to participate regardless of an organizations size or where they are located. SECC recognizes that employees are a diverse donor base committed to choice and integrity. Because of this, participating SECC charities will always be a mix of health and human services organizations including environmental, social justice and local community agencies from all parts of the state, nation and world. Keep in mind, “partnership” does not mean “ownership”. By design, this is a true collaboration and SECC does not “belong” to any one of these individual Federations, United Ways or participant charities. The State Employee Charitable Campaign belongs to YOU, the state employee!
For more information on who participates, see the information at http://www.misecc.org/who.htm or if you want to know how to get an organization listed, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Michigan SECC is administered by the State Administrative Board. The Administrative Board policy on charitable giving has established a five member Steering Committee comprised of state employees from 5five specific areas; DMB, Civil Service, State Employer, a Labor organization and a most recent past state campaign coordinator. This Steering Committee administers the campaign through subcommittees of state employees and United Way and Federation partners throughout the state. These committees have been charged with maintenance of policy, procedure and programming specifically designed by state employees.