The campaign ends Oct. 31 and is open to all Texas Tech employees.
Texas Tech University kicked off the 22nd annual State Employee Charitable Campaign (SECC) Wednesday (Sept. 2) with an event at Jones AT&T Stadium. Event attendees met with 28 different agencies that will benefit from donations made to the SECC.
“This is such an important campaign for our entire university to be a part of,” Texas Tech President M. Duane Nellis said. “The SECC supports so many agencies within our community and throughout the state, and supporting initiatives like this is a great tradition here at Texas Tech. The Red Raider community is willing to help those in need, and I take great pride in working with such generous faculty and staff.”
In 2014, Texas Tech raised more than $469,000 and raised the highest per capita gift from higher education institutions with at least 2,000 employees. The SECC as a whole raised more than $9 million for more than 500 agencies. This year, the university and the Texas Tech University System is working toward raising $540,000.
To participate in the SECC, Texas Tech employees will submit their pledge forms online and choose a donation amount, how many organizations they wish to support and make a one-time donation or enroll in payroll deduction. Paper pledge forms are available upon request.
According to the SECC website, agencies that wish to participate must meet certain requirements such as:
- Recognized by the IRS as 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations and registered with the Secretary of State.
- Audited or reviewed annually by an accountant in accordance with generally accepted accounting practices.
- Provide direct or indirect health and human services.
- Spend no more than 25 percent of funds raised on administration and fundraising unless they qualify for a one-year exception due to special circumstances.
The SECC has donor levels employees can be a part of such as:
- Leadership Circle – $1,000 or more
- Lone Star Gold Level – 1 percent of annual salary
- Lone Star Red and Black Level – one hour of pay per month, calculated as .006 of an employee's annual salary.
Incentives are available for Texas Tech employees who participate, including an autographed Kliff Kingsbury football, an autographed Tubby Smith basketball, an autographed Candi Whitaker basketball and tickets to sporting and entertainment events on campus.
Wes Condray, Texas Tech and Texas Tech University System campaign coordinator, said the university as a whole has worked diligently to raise funds for many different causes and he wants the momentum to continue.
“I am more than excited about the 2015 State Employee Charitable Campaign,” he said. “Last year, the entire state was able to see how generous the Greater West Texas area and more specifically, Texas Tech was as we were recognized for raising the highest total among higher education institutions with at least 2,000 employees. I want to keep that momentum going and look forward to December when we can celebrate once again the generosity of Texas Tech employees.
“I have no doubt that we will be able to meet and exceed our goal of $540,000 for Texas Tech and the Texas Tech University System. I would like to encourage all to give as no gift is too small.
“If all state employees in our region gave just $2 a month, we would raise more than $2 million for charitable agencies.”
The SECC website has many available resources for everyone, including a brochure, a directory of charities, summary reports, campaign calendar and a campaign video.
For more information, visit Texas Tech's SECC website.