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UNCG launches 2015 SECC giving campaign

Photo of volunteers listening to Chancellor Gilliam during the 2015 SECC Kick-offUNCG kicked off its 2015 State Employees Combined Campaign (SECC) today with one goal in mind: raise $200,000 for charities across the Triad and the state.

UNCG lives out its motto of “Service” each year with the SECC, an annual giving campaign for state employees that allows participants to support more than 1,000 charitable organizations. UNCG is known statewide for being a leader in giving back, a reputation that the university plans to uphold. In 2014, UNCG received the SECC Chairman’s Award for being first in giving for universities with 1,500-4,999 employees. UNCG also received the Top Ten Award after placing sixth in total giving out of all state government agencies, many of which are much larger than UNCG. Looking ahead to this year’s campaign, the committee is excited for a little friendly competition.

“We have a lot to be proud of here at UNCG in our support of the SECC,” said Ray Carney, SECC committee chair and Sullivan Science Building operations manager. “Over the years, UNCG has been extremely giving. It just shows how much we care.”

The university’s 89 SECC solicitors, all faculty and staff, celebrated the launch with a campaign kickoff earlier today at the Alumni House. The event featured a training session to prepare for the next eight weeks.

According to Michele Laudenbacher, SECC committee facilitator and budget/finance manager in the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor, faculty and staff get really excited during this time of year. For many, including herself, there’s a personal connection tied to giving back – the nonprofits that many employees support are near and dear to their hearts. Not only is participation rewarding, but Laudenbacher says it’s fun to come together as a campus community.

“We are a family,” Laudenbacher said. “This really is a concrete exhibition of that.”

The more than 1,000 nonprofit organizations include big names like the United Way of Greater Greensboro and Goodwill Industries of Central North Carolina, as well as smaller organizations in the Triad and surrounding areas. Carney encourages employees to do some research and check out smaller nonprofits who often have fewer funds but support just as worthy causes.

UNCG asks all faculty and staff members to participate in one of two ways: give to an organization or officially opt-out via the paper/online pledge forms. Each employee’s decision is personal and completely anonymous.

Faculty and staff can complete a paper pledge form starting today and an ePledge form starting Sept. 28. The campaign runs from Sept. 22-Nov. 13. For more information about how you can make a difference with SECC, visit secc.uncg.edu.

By Alyssa Bedrosian
Photo by Martin Kane, of this week’s kickoff SECC meeting for volunteers