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Money is tight, but when it comes to chairitable giving, Texas Department of Criminal Justice employees aren’t. Agency employees donated $919,200 through the 2010 State Employee Charitable Campaign, beating last year’s record total by more than $48,000. Payroll deductions surpassed $581,800 in 2010, while another $337,400 in cash was raised.
Since 1993, employees of state agencies, junior and community colleges, and universities throughout Texas have donated to their favorite charities through the annual State Employee Charitable Campaign held each fall. In 2009, the SECC raised more than $10.1 million for certified charitable organizations throughout the state, nation and world.
This year, total contributions were up in nearly every TDCJ region. Payroll deduction participation at the Boyd Unit in Teague rose 41 percent during the two-month campaign, boosting the unit’s total charitable contributions to $16,900, up from $6,700 in 2009. Employees at the Jester III Unit near Richmond increased their payroll deduction participation and raised more than $3,000 in cash to bring the unit total to $11,200. In the Panhandle, payroll participation at the Jordan Unit in Pampa jumped from 23 percent to nearly 72 percent in one year, and more than $8,100 in cash was raised. The Clements Unit in Amarillo, meanwhile, raised $47,600 through payroll deduction and another $6,700 in cash. In west Texas, employees at the Sayle substance abuse treatment facility in Breckenridge raised their payroll deduction participation from 14 percent in 2009 to 56 percent during the 2010 campaign and increased its total donation from $4,500 to $11,200.
Some of the larger SECC fundraisers included a golf tournament sponsored by the Roach Unit in Childress that raised $4,675. A silent auction at the Coffield Unit near Palestine brought in $3,080, and a team roping event sponsored by the nearby Beto Unit netted $2,667. A basket auction at the Skyview Unit in Rusk raised another $2,168 for charity.
TDCJ employees have exceeded each year’s goal since 1996. To receive donations, charities must be nonprofit organizations registered with the Office of the Secretary of State, audited annually by an accountant, provide direct or indirect health and human services, and spend no more than 25 percent of funds raised on administration and fund raising unless qualified for an exception due to special circumstances.