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Volume 3, Issue 2                                    University of Houston

UH breaks record in statewide charity campaign

By Romina Kim
Breaking News Staff

University staff and faculty members broke last year's record by 22 percent in the State Employee Charitable Campaign, an annual fund-raising drive by all state employees.

UH collected $126,467.16 in this year's SECC. Last year's total of $103,617 was the second-largest contribution from a higher education institution in the state.

Participation on campus also saw a jump to 34 percent this year from 25 percent last year.

The SECC allows state employees to make tax-free contributions to local nonprofit organizations.

A combination of circumstances made this year's campaign successful, said Kathy Stafford, UH's SECC chairwoman and vice president for University Advancement.

"We had an awfully good year; the economy was good and people wanted to give back," Stafford said. "We also had awfully good coordinators; we were very lucky."

Stafford said every state-supported university is in charge of organizing its own SECC campaign. At UH, a committee was formed to help organize the operations.

Within individual colleges, department and division managers were responsible for collecting donations, Stafford said.

The campaign began the last week of October, when contribution forms were distributed to full-time staff and faculty members. Employees could then choose to submit a check or donate through a payroll deduction, Stafford said.

They were able to select up to six nonprofit agencies to benefit from the donations.

"The money that is collected in Houston stays in Houston," Stafford said.

The Division of Administration and Finance was the biggest contributor on campus this year, collecting $14,624.

Although the campaign technically ended the last week of November, Stafford said donations were still being received last week.

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