The State Employee Combined Appeal (SECA) is the commonwealth's annual charitable giving campaign, through which employees may donate to any of approximately 1,000 participating non-profit agencies. The valuable services these agencies provide range from conserving our natural resources to providing assistance to the elderly, finding a cure for cancer, or providing shelter for a needy family - in Pennsylvania, across the nation or around the world.
The campaign runs for eight weeks each fall and gives employees the opportunity to donate via recurring payroll deduction, one-time payroll deduction, or check or money order.
SECA and its participating charities are registered with the PA Department of State's Bureau of Charitable Organizations. Charities are reviewed for financial and program accountability. With one application, a charity is able to reach a market of approximately 100,000 employees with no fundraising costs from their own budget.
A small portion of the donation (approximately 6%) is used for necessary campaign costs, and any unused portion of this percentage is returned to participating umbrella organizations. The commonwealth is continually assessing ways to reduce the cost of campaigning.
SECA is governed by Management Directive 530.23.
The official registration and financial information of the SECA campaign may be obtained from the PA Department of State website or by calling toll-free at 800.732.0999. Registration does not imply endorsement.