State Employees Federated Appeal (SEFA)
United Way of the Adirondack Region, Inc. is the fiduciary agent for SEFA in Clinton, Essex, Franklin and Hamilton Counties. State employees who work in any of those counties can donate through SEFA to any of hundreds of local, state, national and international not-for-profit agencies approved through a local regulating committee and the Office of General Services (OGS) in Albany. They can also contribute to any other SEFA area in New York State so that if they work away from home they can send their donation back to their home community. Members of many unions have used SEFA to make donations to not-for-profit agencies through pay roll deductions for over 30 years. Rules and regulations governing SEFA were established in 1984. SEFA offers a way for State employees to support a network of vital community services all year long through one annual fund-raising effort. State employees are the driving force behind SEFA. Hundreds of people, make up SEFA committees, campaign leadership and Loaned Associates. SEFA Committee State employees representing the public employees unions/organizations and management, together with participating federations and agencies, make all the decisions concerning the campaign. They carefully review and monitor the organization funded by employee gifts to assure fiscal and professional integrity. State employees have the majority vote on the SEFA committees.