Frequently Asked Questions

Who can contribute?

Virtually all state employees and retirees are eligible to participate in the State Employees Combined Campaign. In addition to permanent full-time, part-time and time limited employees; temporary employees, interns & contract employees may participate. These employees may give by cash, check or credit card.

Do I need to fill out another pledge form for this year’s pledge if I have given in the past?

Yes. A new form or online pledge (ePledge) must be completed every year.

Are contributions tax-deductible?

Yes. You may need documentation to support your contribution depending on the amount you pledge. Consult with your accountant or tax advisor for details.

What happens to my contribution if I do not designate to a specific charity?

The campaign’s regulations specify that all undesignated gifts are proportionately distributed to those charities receiving designations. If Charity A receives 5% of designated pledges, then Charity A will also receive 5% of undesignated pledges.

How are charities approved for the Giving Guide?

All charities listed in the SECC Giving Guide must apply for admission annually and meet the campaign’s eligibility criteria established by regulations that govern the State Employees Combined Campaign. The criteria that the charities must meet can be found on our website at under the SECC Charities category.

Isn’t it better for me to give directly to the charity?

How you pledge and pay your gift is definitely a personal decision. Giving through the SECC provides you convenience, accountability and the ability to pay your gift through payroll deduction.
Charities appreciate gifts through the SECC because:

  • Most charities spend a great deal of time and money to solicit and acknowledge gifts. On the other hand, charities devote minimal time and resources to apply to and participate in the SECC.
  • They can budget for pledged contributions from a report they receive from the SECC in late February/early March.
  • They receive payments efficiently (quarterly) for all SECC donors without needing to invoice individual donors, another cost savings.
  • They are able to apply SECC contributions toward areas where they are needed the most, stretching the value of their existing budget for programs and services.

What is the campaign’s overhead?

In 2012, the campaign’s administrative costs were less than 10%. The SECC is required to have an administrative cost of less than 10%.

What is the duration of my payroll deduction and when does it begin?

Deductions begin January 2013 and continue through December 2013.

How much of my donation actually goes to the charity?

Participating charities are screened to make sure overhead is kept below 10% so that the greatest portion of every gift is disbursed to the actual cause.  

Is the SECC a United Way campaign?

No. The State Employees Combined Campaign is administered solely by state employees and is not part of the United Way or any other non-profit campaign. However, the United Way and other eligible charitable organizations may apply for inclusion in your SECC each year.

Top Reasons to Give [with confidence] through the SECC

It’s Your Campaign

  • This campaign exists FOR YOU and all state employees. Take advantage of this opportunity to support charities you care about.
  • More than 1,000 charities serving North Carolinians are eligible for contributions through the SECC, and they are asking for you to consider the causes important to you and make your pledge!

It’s Easy

  • The SECC makes it EASY to give with confidence because the eligible charities are reviewed annually.

It’s Convenient

  • More than 1,000 charities listed in this giving guide are eligible for your donation.
  • You can search charities by keyword online and read more about their programs at
  • Pledge now and pay in 2013 – Payroll deductions makes it easier to afford a more generous gift, allowing you to make smaller payments from each paycheck.
  • Each year, the SECC will remind you to plan and budget for contributions to causes you care about.

Quality and choice

  • Charities serving NC must apply annually to ensure they meet stringent requirements before they are deemed eligible for donations.
  • SECC regulations require that less than 25% of a charity’s overall revenues can be applied to fundraising and administrative costs.


  • NO STATE MONIES are used to run this campaign.
  • No more than 10% of the prior year’s campaign total may be used to support the campaign expenses.
  • Charities devote minimal resources to apply for eligibility.
  • Designated charities receive one check quarterly for multiple donations.
  • Charities that receive SECC donations may devote their SECC funds to areas where they are needed the most. That’s a value-add for the donor AND the charity.