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 have been approved for participation 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. Click here to read the SEFA regulations.
In 2006 the SEFA regulations were rewritten. At that time the new regulations established the Statewide SEFA Council and a Cabinet. The Council is made up of representatives from the twenty three local campaigns. The representatives are voted to their positions by a majority vote of the committees in their campaign area. The Council is seated annually and the members vote to seat the Chair, Vice Chair and the Secretary. Its main work is the review of charity applications and recertification for participation in the annual solicitation. The Council also does the work of campaign planning, promotion, and training of volunteers.
The Cabinet is comprised of agency directors and labor leaders that are appointed by the Governor annually. They ensure that a campaign is staffed and run in each agency.
There are 23 local committees that work with a federated community campaign managers (FCCMs). The FCCM is an approved charity that collects the pledge forms and disperses the contributions to the charities under the supervision of the committee.