Frequently Asked Questions
Who benefits from my SEFA contribution?
People of all ages and backgrounds seeking a variety of health and
human services are helped through SEFA. Hundreds of SEFA supported
organizations and programs serve a diverse population throughout
your region. Your contribution may even go beyond your immediate
community, however, because SEFA lets you designate your gift to ANY
county, or specific SEFA supported services.
What is SEFA's Overhead?
While this varies slightly throughout the different SEFA regions,
minimally, 85 cents of your contributed dollar goes to fund
services. SEFA prides itself in keeping administrative costs to a
minimum through the use of state employee volunteers and careful
budgeting. For information on your SEFA area's overhead costs,
local campaign headquarters.
I'm already on a tight budget. How can I
afford to give?
Even a modest payroll deduction can help provide vital services to
care for children, protect the elderly, shelter abused women,
support disaster and crisis services, and much, much more. And
giving through payroll deduction makes your contribution even easier
because you can spread it over the entire year.
Why should I give if none of SEFA's service
providers help me or my family?
You've probably been helped by a SEFA-supported service provider
without even knowing it. Besides helping people in crisis
situations, SEFA also funds social and community development
programs that enhance the quality of life for all of us. Have you or
anyone in your family every participated in a community recreation
activity? Do you have a child in day care? How about a summer camp
or after school program? Do you know anyone who has needed home
care? Senior citizen support? Do you know anyone whose life has been
touched by cancer? Alzheimer's? Diabetes? Heart disease? These types
of problems, shared by all, are helped through SEFA-supported
What if my spouse gives at work?
Each person's contribution should be based on his or her ability to
give. You may both want to give a portion of your income to help
others, and you may each have specific, different agencies you
Can I designate my contribution to a
Absolutely! SEFA encourages participants to make their contribution
a personal and meaningful decision. You may have your gift sent to
one, two, three or more specific organizations - the choice is
yours. If you decide not to designate your gift to a specific
charity, your contribution will be distributed in accordance with
What if I want to support a service that is outside the
area covered by my local campaign?
No problem! Many people work in one county, but live or want to
support a program in an entirely different county - a list is on the
back of every pledge card. You may designate your gift to support
any SEFA-supported organization. Your campaign coordinator has a
directory of these organizations and can help you obtain their code
number to use on your pledge card.
Doesn't SEFA duplicate services provided by
Governmental programs add to services that voluntary
organizations provide - they don't duplicate them. Much of
government spending is for massive programs intended to eliminate
conditions that cause people to live in poverty. Welfare and
unemployment compensation are examples of government assistance.
SEFA agencies provide many kinds of human care services, such as
counseling, rehabilitation, disaster relief, youth services and
preventive health services.
Why should I give to SEFA instead of
directly to a service provider?
SEFA is the most efficient way to give. Your contribution
helps fund a multitude of programs and services. With SEFA, you
don't have to write multiple checks to multiple organizations
throughout the year. You don't have to remember when to give or to
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- SEFA raises money for service providers at a far lower cost
than if providers did this themselves.
- SEFA offers the advantage of payroll deduction which enables
people to support charities more generously than they could in a
- SEFA offers the best way to help not only your favorite
service provider, but your entire community