State Employee Charitable Campaign Come together for the greater good

  • Email storage incentive has been applied

    November 7, 2017, 16:53 PM by Eduardo Valdes
    Feeling like you've got a little extra breathing room? Thanks to the work of our colleagues in Information Services, about 2,800 individuals had their email storage allotment bumped up today. 

    As an incentive this year, every person at UTMB who supported the State Employee Charitable Campaign this year with an online gift was told they'd have their email storage allotment increased by 100 MB. That work was completed today.

    Paper pledge forms and checks are still arriving; we will not have a final figure for this year's campaign until late this week. However, we do know we raised in excess of $536,000. Thank you UTMB for your incredible generosity and support. 
  • Heartfelt thanks as charitable campaign enters final hours

    November 2, 2017, 16:38 PM by Eduardo Valdes

    SECC Chair Steve Campbell The 2017 State Employee Charitable Campaign (SECC) ends at midnight on Friday, Nov. 3.

    As of midday Thursday, over 2,630 members of the UTMB family had contributed more than $517,000 to support our local communities and the causes that are near and dear to each of us. It has been a tough year for many, and yet we have come together again for the benefit of others! Thank you.

    We are well within reach of our $550,000 goal. In these final hours, there is still time to make your pledge. If you’ve been planning to make a gift and have not had time, the “last minute” is nearly here. Please take a few moments to do it now. It’s an easy, painless way to support something that’s important to you.

    Remember, you can choose the specific charities and organizations that your donation will support.

    Learn more and review the charitable organizations,
    Make your contribution now
    , or
    Read about our incentives

    On behalf of the organizations that benefit from your generosity and from the tremendous team of UTMB ambassadors who helped lead us to a successful campaign, thank you for your support.

    Steve Campbell
    Vice President, Marketing and Communications
    2017 SECC Chair

  • Two days left: Can we pop the thermometer?

    November 2, 2017, 08:56 AM by Eduardo Valdes
    There are TWO DAYS left in the 2017 State Employee Charitable Campaign. More than 2,600 employees have contributed to the effort, raising more than $514,000 toward our goal of $550,000.

    Remember that the SECC allows each of us to leverage a small gift to make a big difference to support the communities where we live and work. Through payroll deduction, as little as two dollars a month can help people in need now and throughout the coming year.

    As an added incentive, every person at UTMB who supports the campaign this year with an online gift (requires a minimum $20 contribution) will get their email storage allotment increased by 100 MB.

    For those who have already given, "Thank You."
    For those who have not yet, there is still time but it's running short. Please consider making a pledge.
  • Goal is within reach as deadline approaches

    November 1, 2017, 08:25 AM by Eduardo Valdes

    With three days left in the State Employee Charitable Campaign, 2,560 generous souls have carried us within striking distance of our goal. On Wednesday morning, we are less than $45,000 shy of our $550,000 goal. The enthusiasm and support from many areas has been heartwarming and encouraging, especially this year, at a time when we know many have been affected by Harvey, or are facing tight finances for other reasons, and competing needs are great. 

    Remember that the SECC allows you to leverage a small gift to make a big difference. And through payroll deduction, as little as two dollars a month can help people in need now and throughout the coming year.

    For those who have given already, we share a sincere "Thank You" from all those you will help.  For those who have not given yet, please see how easy, quick and rewarding it is to make a pledge

  • UTMB comes together for Astros

    October 30, 2017, 08:30 AM by Eduardo Valdes

    As the Houston Astros battled to victory last night to earn a 3-2 game lead in the World Series, teams of UTMB employees have "come together" to show their support. Has your team or department been donning Houston Astros gear? Share your (work-appropriate) team spirit on our UTMB Health social media channels! Here’s how:

    1. Post a photo on the I Am UTMB Facebook page. (Be sure to use the hashtags #GoAstros AND #WeAreUTMB). Or, 
    2. Email your photo to

  • In the home stretch: SECC update and campaign extension

    October 27, 2017, 11:06 AM by Eduardo Valdes

    As of 11 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 27, more than  $450,000 has been pledged to this year’s State Employee Charitable Campaign by 2,346 employees. THANK YOU! Our goal is to raise at least $550,000 to support our communities, so please consider giving to one or more of the many deserving local, national and international charities on our SECC site.

    The campaign period has been extended to Nov. 3 to accommodate those who still want to contribute to this vital initiative. Reminder: As an added bonus, this year every employee who contributes at least $20 to the campaign through payroll deduction will receive a 100MB upgrade to their email inbox allocation.

    Please consider making a pledge today. It's quick, it's easy, and every bit helps. Pledge Now...


  • What do the Houston Astros and UTMB’s SECC have in common?

    October 26, 2017, 09:38 AM by Eduardo Valdes
    Houston Astros EmblemBaseball fever has ignited hearts and lifted spirits throughout the region, as the Houston Astros are making a historic bid for the World Series Championship. They’ve dedicated their games to Hurricane Harvey recovery, and the effort’s bringing the community together and helping people heal as they piece their lives back together. The SECC offers another way to come together and help make people whole again, whether they are recovering from flooding, illness, addiction, abuse, the ravages of poverty or any of the other issues addressed by about 300 agencies that are part of the campaign.  Consider a pledge today. And GO ‘STROS!
  • Cool but what is it?

    October 24, 2017, 16:08 PM by Eduardo Valdes
    2017 SECC premium - phone holder As our thank you tokens are now being sent out via campus mail, we've had a few questions: "What is it?" and "How do I use it?"

    We're happy to share that this information is online.
    Our hope is that you'll keep this gadget around, a reminder that we (and those you helped with your gift) think you are an awesome and generous person. 

    Also, remember that this year, every individual at UTMB who supports the State Employee Charitable Campaign with an online gift (requires a minimum $20 contribution) will get their university email storage allotment increased by 100 MB. Pledge today. 
  • SECC passes $400K, but time is short

    October 24, 2017, 15:57 PM by Eduardo Valdes

    We're very grateful and happy to share that today, UTMB's State Employee Charitable Campaign (SECC) passed the $400,000 mark, with contributions from almost 2,100 fabulous and generous employees. We still have a gap toward our goal of $550,000, a gap we hope we can close for one reason: we know how important our dollars are to support and sustain the charities in the communities where we live and work. 

    Our dollars help children, mothers, veterans, the homeless and hungry, the sick, those who need a helping hand to recover from hardship, animals and pets, environmental causes and so much more. The SECC supports organizations now and through the coming year, when other resources may be tight.   

    Please consider making a pledge today. It's quick, it's easy, and every bit helps. Pledge Now...


  • Final week approaches for SECC 2017

    October 20, 2017, 15:34 PM by Eduardo Valdes

    SECC Chair Steve Campbell We have just completed our third full week of the campaign, and as of 10 a.m. today, have raised more than $330,000 thanks to the amazing generosity of more than 1,400 staff and faculty. We are well on our way to meeting our $550,000 goal, but with only a few days left to close the gap, I urge you to make your gift today. It’s easy and only takes a few clicks!

    My motivation? I see the difference that the organizations and charities make in our communities, the causes they advance, the impact they have on people’s lives, and the needs of those less fortunate that are met. One of the most gratifying aspects of being part of the campaign is hearing the many heartfelt stories of why our people give, and listening to the personal accounts of how people’s own families have benefited or been touched.

    Remember, in addition to the great feeling you get from the important support you’ll be providing, this year an online donation via payroll deduction (requires a $20 minimum gift) will earn you an additional 100 MB of email storage. We’ll also send you a small “thank you” via campus mail.

    Thank you to those who have already contributed, as well as to those who plan to do so. No gift is too small; every donation is welcome and appreciated.

    By coming together, we will once again make a big difference.

    Thank you.

    Steve Campbell
    Vice President, Marketing and Communications
    2017 SECC Chair

  • Sustaining a great tradition

    October 19, 2017, 15:29 PM by Eduardo Valdes
    Year after year, we wonder and watch the numbers roll in for the State Employee Charitable Campaign, anxious not from a lack of faith in our UTMB community, but because we know how important the dollars are to the people and charities who rely upon them.

    And year after year, we see the same groups race forward, leading the university in giving, working to create excitement and awareness, to generate participation from those inclined to give. Those who've donated know it feels good; payroll deduction makes it a fairly painless process, and a gift of a  couple dollars a month is easy to shoulder for most. So we watch with gratitude as some large teams at UTMB set the pace, and we say "THANK YOU!"  

    Here are just a few of our 2017 SECC best so far: Anesthesiology, Business Operations and Facilities, Compliance, Human Resources, Information Services, Legal Affairs, Primary Care Services, Research Services, Revenue Cycle, School of Health Professions, and...(is your team next?).

    Time is short; the campaign ends Oct. 27 and we've raised $321,000 toward our $550,000 goal. Please give today.
  • Business and Finance works together for SECC

    October 17, 2017, 10:19 AM by Eduardo Valdes
    Business and Finance Coming Together for SECCWe're all super busy. But there's one large group on campus that epitomizes being busy: Business and Finance. The work they do enables the work the rest of us do, whether it's overseeing budgets and business plans, ordering and delivering supplies and services, keeping the electricity on and a roof over our heads, building and keeping our computer systems running, making sure we get paid (a personal favorite), and so much more. 

    Business and Finance understands that it takes a team to be successful, so they come together each year to support the SECC. They shared this image of the B&F leadership team with us, and we invite you to share your SECC coming together image, via the hashtag #utmbsecc or by emailing

    The campaign ends Oct. 27. So far, we've raised more than $300,000 toward our $550,000 goal. Please give today.
  • The forces of good must prevail again...

    October 13, 2017, 10:28 AM by Melissa Harman
    Join Forces - Come Together
    Two years ago, the UTMB community rallied to conquer the dark side, raising more than $540,000 to help others. (Link to past campaigns page). This year, people are coming together everywhere, erasing the lines that divide, to pull together for the greater good.

    As we near the halfway point in the SECC campaign, we've raised more than a quarter million dollars toward our $550,000 goal. Thank you to the almost 1,000 people who have already helped. Please join them today.
  • What do email and donating to a charity through the SECC have in common?

    October 5, 2017, 17:39 PM by Eduardo Valdes

    The answer: by pledging at least $20 through payroll deduction to SECC, you get an extra 100 MBs of email capacity! I don’t know about you, but I’m constantly running short on space and finding myself in “email jail.” While I get a tremendous amount of personal satisfaction from giving to causes that are important to me, I’m looking forward to my “get out of (email) jail” card.

    As of 4 p.m. on Thursday, one week after the launch of the campaign, we have raised $180,000, 30% of our goal of $550,000. More than 500 members of the UTMB family have Come Together to make that happen.

    Let’s keep up the momentum! Hope everyone has a great Friday.


  • Campaign reaches first major milestone!

    September 29, 2017, 08:22 AM by Eduardo Valdes

    UTMB's State Employee Charitable Campaign (SECC) passed the $100,000 mark shortly after 8 a.m. today, less than 24 hours after the campaign launch. 

    This year’s SECC goal is $550,000; the theme is Come Together and celebrates something the UTMB family does exceptionally well: coming together to help and support others.

    We'd love to hear your stories. Why do you give? What does the SECC mean to you or your family?  Send your stories and/or photos; we'd love to hear from you. 


  • 2017 SECC invites us to "Come Together"

    September 28, 2017, 08:08 AM by Eduardo Valdes

    SECC Chair Steve Campbell It is my pleasure to serve as UTMB’s chair of the 2017 State Employee Charitable Campaign (SECC). The campaign starts today and runs through Oct. 27.

    This year’s theme is Come Together. Considering the many challenges our friends, colleagues, families and communities have experienced this year with Hurricane Harvey──and the great number of people asking “how can I help?”──we believe the theme speaks to the essence of what defines and binds a community. And it describes and celebrates something the UTMB family does exceptionally well: coming together to help and support others.

    This year’s campaign goal is $550,000. Our campaign dollars help support ongoing needs in our local communities, across the state, and even around the world. And our gifts will also help with the immediate needs brought about by Harvey. One of the features I personally like about the SECC is that I can easily target my donation to aid charities and causes that are meaningful to me. And, with the Give Where You Live option, each of us throughout Texas can choose to support charities close to home and closest to our hearts.

    To review the agencies, watch our progress, share why you give, read about the incentives and make your pledge, explore this web site. We will be communicating our progress regularly. If you have questions or suggestions, please feel free to contact me or UTMB campaign coordinator Becky Trout Unbehagen.

    Let’s Come Together to help and support those in need. No gift is too small because together, we will make a big difference.

    Thank you.

    Steve Campbell
    Vice President, Marketing and Communications
    2017 SECC Chair

  • Coming Sept. 28: SECC 2017*

    September 12, 2017, 13:09 PM by Melissa Harman

    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.

    The next campaign comes together on Sept. 28, 2017*. Steve Campbell will lead the charge on an effort that'll be powerful, inspiring and very timely: on the heels of one of the most destructive natural disasters to strike the region in modern time. SECC will help people, advance important causes and strengthen communities where we live, work and serve.

    *Can't wait to get started? We'll let you in on a secret: you can make your gift now.