September 10, 2018
Dear University of Houston Faculty and Staff:
In 1993, the Texas state legislature 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 the SECC, our UH community has contributed over $1.3 million dollars.
Charities eligible under the SECC range from health and human services, to environmental programs, to human rights, to educational programs for children, to support programs for the elderly. There are local, state, and even national organizations. Many of these organizations assist families and individuals with needs due to unforeseen hardships such as those caused by hurricane Harvey. 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.
We know the Houston economy is better than that of most other areas; however, individual circumstances vary making it difficult for many of you to give especially in the aftermath of storm Harvey. The recipients of services made possible by the campus SECC contributions appreciate the sacrifices and generosity of those who give. The UH family has always stepped forward to make our community better because we are part of the larger community. Last year exempt UH faculty and staff contributed $69,657 to the charities and service organizations of their choice. This final total was an impressive achievement given the short one month solicitation period and the fact that many staff had to devote financial resources toward recovering from hurricane Harvey. 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
Study the material carefully on the UH SECC website, www.uh.edu/secc or visit the Texas SECC website at www.secctexas.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 much was contributed.The final deadline for giving and/or pledging is October 31, 2018. To learn how to obtain and fill out a pledge form, visit www.uh.edu/secc or call the Office of Neighborhood and Strategic Initiatives (NSI) 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.
|Elwyn C. Lee
Vice President for Neighborhood & Strategic Initiatives
|Daniel P. O'Connor
President, UH Faculty Senate
President, UH Staff Council