State Employee Charitable Campaign Oct. 24 - Nov. 27, 2019

The 2019 SECC Countdown has begun. Please make your pledge today.

Share your story with us. Post your examples of "doing good things," of supporting SECC, or why the campaign matters, to our new SECC Facebook page.
  • UTMB less than $100,000 away from its goal

    November 15, 2019, 11:38 AM by Jessica Wyble

    UTMB is now less than $100,000 away from raising half a million dollars during this year's State Employee Charitable Campaign (SECC), which supports important causes and charitable efforts in the communities where we live and work.

    As of the morning of Friday, Nov. 15, campaign contributions from 1,716 generous members of the UTMB community totaled $400,745, an important milestone as the final days of the campaign approach. 

    We're very thankful for the support and appreciative of the progress we've made so far, but there's still plenty of time to give to help us reach our goal. For more information on how you can contribute, visit https://www.utmb.edu/secc-pledge/SECC_Campaign_Entrance.asp

  • SECC inches toward $400,000

    November 14, 2019, 18:08 PM by Eduardo Valdes

    On Thursday evening, Nov. 14, the State Employee Charitable Campaign had garnered $394,904 in pledges and support from 1,628 UTMB employees (about 12% of our workforce). We're very grateful to be moving closer to our $500,000 goal, and extremely thankful for the generous support.

    With our participation rate usually well above 20%, we're optimistic that many more plan to support the effort as we move into the final full week of the campaign, which ends Nov. 27. If you are thinking about participating, please consider doing so today.

  • An update and an invitation...

    November 8, 2019, 12:36 PM by Eduardo Valdes

    Dr. Vicente Resto, SECC Chair 2019We’re midway through the State Employee Charitable Campaign (SECC). We're racing the clock to raise half a million dollars to support important causes and charitable efforts in the communities where we live and work.

    We're making steady progress, but we're not there yet, so I need your help. By Friday morning, Nov. 8, you’d helped us raise more than $308,000 in contributions, pledged by 1,220 generous members of the UTMB community. We're very thankful for the support.

    As a physician leader at UTMB, I am frequently out in the community and I see the needs firsthand.

    Most of us are exceptionally fortunate. We live in comfortable homes, have good jobs and have rarely gone without food.

    For many people, these things are daily struggles.

    Our support of the campaign can help. We all have our own interests that vary from supporting animals or the environment, to helping support disaster relief or disease research. I ask that you support whatever is important to you. With more than three hundred partner organizations engaged in this drive, I am confident you will be successful in finding at least one that is personally meaningful.

    Giving is easy and only takes moments. I invite you to learn more and make your pledge today.

    Thank you for supporting this year’s campaign and for all you do for UTMB Health.

    Vicente Resto, MD, PhD, FACS
    Associate Chief Physician Executive
    Vice President for Physician Integration and Strategic Alignment
    Professor and Chair of the Department of Otolaryngology
    2019 SECC Chair

  • Campaign approaches $300,000; Vanguard prize returns

    November 7, 2019, 17:58 PM by Michael Cooper

    By Thursday, Nov. 7, the State Employee Charitable Campaign (SECC) had raised $299,789 in contributions, pledged by 1,185 generous members of the UTMB community. We're very thankful for the support and appreciative of the progress as we head into the second half of the campaign.

    An attractive SECC lapel pin is being offered this year as a token of appreciation, and the Vanguard Award (and bragging rights) return for the university entity with the highest participation rate. Get details on both.

  • Support our veterans through a pledge to the SECC

    November 5, 2019, 16:48 PM by Eduardo Valdes

    On Nov. 5, the State Employee Charitable Campaign was approaching $260,000 in contributions, pledged by 979 stellar members of the UTMB community. We’re very appreciative of this robust start and salute those who’ve made their pledges early and paved the way.

    Monday, Nov. 11, is Veterans Day, and the SECC offers a number of organizations dedicated to supporting veterans in Texas and across the country. Please consider a tribute to the service and sacrifice of our veterans through a pledge to SECC, to the charitable organization of your choice.

  • Campaign approaching $140K

    October 28, 2019, 13:31 PM by Eduardo Valdes
    We're more than a quarter of the way to our 2019 SECC goal, with almost $140K in pledges already collected. See our progress.

    Last year, the SECC statewide raised $7,110,550. At all state agencies and universities, 32,371 employees (about 12% of the total state employee workforce) participated. The per capita gift was about $26, but the average gift was almost $220. UTMB's employees contributed significantly to this amount; our total contributions in dollars led the state. Dig into the numbers on the SECC statewide site...
  • Doing Good Things: SECC 2019

    October 24, 2019, 08:48 AM by Eduardo Valdes

    Dr. Vicente Resto, SECC Chair 2019I am honored to serve as the chair of UTMB’s 2019 State Employee Charitable Campaign (SECC). I understand this is an important responsibility.  The bar is high every year and the needs in our communities are great. Our goal is to raise $500,000 to put to work doing good things.

    We’re all busy. We have demands on our lives, on our time, on our wallets and pocketbooks. But take a minute to look around.  We are so very fortunate, so blessed and so able to make life a little easier for those in need. As you know, the SECC makes it easy for us to help. 

    As you review this website, you will quickly see that as in the past, donations can be directed to the causes we care for most—more than 300 local, statewide, national and international charitable organizations are available and would welcome your support. Contributions may be made online or via paper. Payroll deduction is an easy and effective option.

    We have a crowd-pleasing “thank you” token for those who support this year’s effort, a new social media presence, a little friendly competition, and we’re already off to a great start—with $52,000 pledged by dedicated early donors. Visit the links to learn more.  

    The SECC is not about us. The SECC is our chance each year to work together to do good things for others. Let’s make this an outstanding campaign for those who are counting on us!

    I thank you in advance for your consideration and support.

    Vicente Resto, MD, PhD, FACS
    Associate Chief Physician Executive
    Vice President for Physician Integration and Strategic Alignment
    Professor and Chair of the Department of Otolaryngology
    2019 SECC Chair

  • It is almost here

    October 10, 2019, 17:56 PM by Eduardo Valdes

    The 2019 State Employee Charitable Campaign will officially kick off on Thursday, Oct. 24. Dr. Vicente Resto, Associate Chief Physician Executive, Vice President for Physician Integration and Strategic Alignment, and Professor and Chair of the Department of Otolaryngology, will be leading the campaign, a campaign that will encourage us to recognize the cumulative impact of even the smallest good deeds and sacrifices. Stay tuned!

    (Are you one of those early birds, already done with your holiday shopping? Beat the SECC rush; be one of the first to make your pledge. The campaign web site is now fully active and waiting for you to bring the thermometer to life.)

  • Ready to Rumble? SECC 2019 is coming...

    September 16, 2019, 16:30 PM by Eduardo Valdes

    In 2014, Todd Leach as the Tin Man led us on an adventure down the yellow brick road; our efforts yielded more than half-a-million dollars and made over-the-rainbow dreams come true for the charities, causes and people we supported.

    In 2015, the battle took place among the stars, where our alliance of committed employees—led by Jedi Master David Marshall—proved they could summon the power of the Force for another half-million-dollar effort. Good hearts and generous spirits conquer all.

    In 2016, James Graham from the Division of Rehabilitation Sciences led the resurrection in an epic campaign unlike any other. He unearthed a legion of generous contributors who clawed their way to a supernatural $584,494.

    With the ground still damp from Harvey floodwaters, Steve Campbell led the charge in 2017 on an effort that saw UTMB raise more dollars than any agency or university in the state, the second campaign of the season (a flood relief effort to help affected employees raised almost $200,000 on its own).

    In 2018 we celebrated 25 years of SECC, and welcomed School of Nursing Dean Deborah J. Jones as our campaign chair. In a SUPER campaign, we Hulk-smashed our way past our goal, and again claimed the title as the state's most generous cumulative contributor.

    WHAT ABOUT 2019?

    Elves? Minions? Ommpa Loompas? What sort of crafty creatures might already be at work on this year's critically important campaign? Stay tuned...

A look back at 2018:

UTMB's Halloween Superheroes


When the call went out for SECC Superheroes, people sprung into action. Enjoy these images shared with us from across the UTMB Universe, and have a safe and happy weekend.