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SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University

State Employees Federated Appeal (SEFA)

President's Letter

November 5, 2018

To: Members of the Downstate Community

From: Wayne J. Riley, MD, MPH, MBA, MACP

Re: SEFA Contributions for 2018 - 2019

The State Employee Federated Appeal (SEFA) campaign provides an opportunity for you to give to numerous charities of your choice through a payroll deduction, a credit card or a one-time payment. State employees have generously supported charities through SEFA for more than 50 years with the Downstate community among its top supporters.

Here are examples of what $10 per pay period can do:

  • Test 500 at-risk people for diabetes.
  • Plant 20 trees to offset 20 tons of carbon dioxide emissions
  • Vaccinate 50 homeless animals
  • Provide four days of food for family that has lost their home in a disaster

In addition to the many options, we ask that you consider a donation to organizations that support Downstate's mission, as well as student scholarships. These include:
51-00090 – Health Science Center at Brooklyn Foundation, Inc.
51-00021 – Children's Center at SUNY Brooklyn

To pledge online, go to You can search charities, pledge via payroll or give through an e-check or credit card. You will need to enter your NYS EMPL ID (can be found on your payroll stub) to make a payroll pledge.

Please contact Althea Dinham, Co-Chair at x3973 for more information. If you need technical assistance with making your online pledge, please contact Sheila O'Connor at

Thank you for being part of WE ARE SEFA: SEFA Campaign.