What is SEFA?
SEFA is the State Employees Federated Appeal (SEFA). SEFA is a charitable solicitation of New York state employees conducted under the authority of State Finance Law § 201-1. State employees may give to any of the charitable organizations that participate in SEFA and may at any time revoke or modify a contribution made through payroll deduction by providing a written request to the employee’s payroll office.
Under the authority of State Finance Law § 201-1 the Commissioner of the Office of General Services has adopted regulations to provide a uniform, effective and efficient policy for solicitation of charitable contributions. The SEFA regulations are published at 9 NYCRR Part 335.
The Commissioner of General Services approves one charitable campaign for each county or group of counties, to be known collectively as the State Employees Federated Appeal (SEFA). The Commissioner designates one qualified charitable organization known as the Federated Community Campaign in each such county or group of counties to manage the campaign and distribute charitable contributions under the direction and guidance of a Local SEFA Committee of state employees. A Statewide SEFA Council, comprised of representatives of Local SEFA Committees, will be responsible for deciding appeals from denials by Local SEFA Committees of eligibility to participate in the campaigns and will assist, in conjunction with the Statewide SEFA Cabinet, with campaign planning, promotion, recruitment, and training of volunteers.
See the listing of the Federated Community Campaigns at Local SEFA Committees & the Federated Community Campaign Serving the Committee.
Contributions to the SEFA campaign are reported in the annual financial reports of the Federated Community Campaign, which distributes them to participating charities. A copy of the most recent Annual Financial report for a Federated Community Campaign filed with the Department of Law may be obtained from the Attorney General or by writing to either of the following: NYS Department of Law, Charities Bureau, 120 Broadway, 3rd Floor New York, New York 10271 or to the address of the Federated Community Campaign.