Letter to Faculty & Staff
October 5, 2012
Dear University of Houston Faculty and Staff:
In 1993, Texas state legislation created the State Employee Charitable Campaign (SECC), a statewide annual effort that allows employees of universities and other state agencies to give to many of their favorite charities through a workplace giving campaign which features the option of payroll deduction. University of Houston employees have an outstanding tradition of participation in this annual campaign. From the start of SECC, our UH community has contributed over $1.3 million dollars that directly benefited local and national organizations and charities.
Charities eligible under the SECC campaign range from health and human services, environmental programs, human rights, and educational programs for children, to support programs for the elderly. There are local, state, and even national organizations --- and at least one UH organization: The University Speech, Language and Hearing Clinic (333800). Many of these organizations have or will be assisting families and individuals who have lost their jobs or otherwise experienced deprivation due to the current economic downturn. Each approved charity meets specific legal and operational standards that have been reviewed by teams of state employees so you can be confident that your contribution will be distributed to the organization and for the purpose that you select.
During these trying economic times, we know it may be difficult for many of you to give. We also know that in times like these, the need may be the greatest. The UH family has always stepped forward in times of need because we are part of the larger community. Last year UH faculty and staff contributed over $76,000, and UH was recognized for being the Houston area institution having the highest dollar amount pledge increase. We encourage you to please give serious consideration to making a contribution. All gifts and pledges are totally voluntary.
To assist you with your gift decision we have created a website (www.uh.edu/secc) where you can find the following SECC resources:
- A mini-directory of agencies included in this year's campaign (.pdf)
- A more comprehensive directory that lists more detailed information about each agency (.pdf)
- Contact information for how to obtain your pledge form
- Pledge form instruction sheet (.rtf)
Study the material carefully on the UH SECC website, www.uh.edu/secc or visit the Houston SECC website at www.secchouston.org if you want additional information on a particular organization. We want you to make an informed choice, one that comes from the heart. At the end of the campaign we will let you know how UH campaign did.The final deadline for giving and/or pledging is October 31, 2012. To learn how to obtain and fill out a pledge form, visit www.uh.edu/secc or call the Office of Community Relations and Institutional Access (CRIA) at 832-842-5090 for additional information. Where there is a college coordinator, you may receive additional notification and assistance. We apologize that pledge forms are not available online and that cash donations are not accepted. Thanks for your consideration and for your continued support.