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State Employees Federated Appeal (SEFA)


SEFA is the annual charitable solicitation of State employees. SEFA is a federated campaign, which means that a number of health, human services, environmental, and advocacy federations and agencies participate. State employees may give through payroll deduction or make direct cash or check gift. SEFA is authorized in state law (1964) and detailed in regulations, which were first set forth in 1980 and have been amended several times since.

State employees can make a gift for distribution by their local SEFA committee to charities in the local campaign, or they can designate their gift directly to a participating charity in any campaign area in the State of New York.

State Employees Make the Decisions

State employees are the driving force behind SEFA. Hundreds of people, your co-workers and friends, make up our SEFA committees, campaign leadership, and Loaned Executives. State employee volunteers work long hours to raise money and distribute it to meet the needs of the community. State employees representing the public employee unions/organizations and management, together with participating federations and agencies, make all the decisions to assure fiscal and professional integrity. State employees have the majority vote on the SEFA committees.

SEFA is Comprehensive

There are hundreds of national, international, and local health and human service agencies that are part of the SEFA campaign. This network provides a comprehensive system for out wide-ranging needs:

  • Disaster relief
  • Health research and disease management
  • Accessible health care systems
  • Community programs and services
  • Famine and hunger relief
  • Medical care for the needy
  • Social and family support organizations
  • Programs for the poor and indigent
  • Environmental — preserving and protecting our natural resources