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The 2019 CSEC charity application is now available!

  • We are now accepting applications for the 2019 Connecticut State Employees Campaign. To all organizations interested in applying, please review the 2019 Instructions (attached) for applying carefully before beginning the application process. If you have any questions or experience any issues, please contact Kelli Byrd at or 860-493-6846.


  • The Connecticut State Employees Campaign (CSEC) is governed by state regulations 5-262. To be eligible for approval to participate in the CSEC, a federation and its participating member agencies must meet certain criteria. Below is the criteria:
  • This member charity is engaged in the delivery of charitable and public health, welfare, environmental, conservation or service purposes.
  • This member charity is recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as tax-exempt under 26 U.S.C. 501 (c) (3) and contributions to it are tax-deductible pursuant to 26 U.S.C. 170.
  •  This member charity is incorporated or authorized to do business in the State of Connecticut as a private non-profit organization, and are registered with the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection, Public Charities Unit.
  • This member charity is up to date in filing annual financial reports, in accordance with state law, or is exempt from filing.
  • This member charity has filed an IRS Form 990, for its most recently completed fiscal year.
  •  NOTE: If “NO” provide an explanation and date of last filing.
  •  This member charity is required to provide an external annual audit or financial review, and will submit a copy of the audit or financial review to the participating federation for its files.
  • This member charity’s fundraising practices protect against the unauthorized use of its CSEC contributor list; permit no payment of commissions, finders fees, percentages, bonuses, or similar practices in connection with the CSEC fund raising; and permit no general telephone solicitations as part of the CSEC.  Further, this member charity agrees to keep separate its lists of contributors and agrees not to sell or otherwise release the list of its CSEC contributors to anyone.  This member agency agrees not to send SEC contributors solicitation materials to their work or home addresses.  Only educational or promotional materials related to special events are permitted.
  • This member charity will provide accurate information as to the percentage of its budget which is used for fund raising and administrative purposes. This member charity’s fundraising and administrative costs do not exceed 25 percent.
    • NOTE: This percentage is based on either the federation’s IRS Form 990, or on a current external financial audit completed by a certified public accountant, if the organization is not required to file an IRS 990.  If you are using Form 990, add the amount in Part IX, statement of functional expenses, line 25, Column C (Management and General Expenses) to the amount in Line 25, Column D (Fundraising Expenses) and dividing the sum by Part VIII (statement of revenue), line 12, column A (total Revenue).  If this percentage exceeds the 25 percent threshold, an explanation must be attached hereto.
  • This member charity ensures that their publicity and promotional activities on their actual program and operations, are truthful and non-deceptive, include all material facts relative to their causes, and that the funds contributed by state employees are effectively used for the announced purposes of their organization.
  • The member charity agrees and warrants that they do not discriminate or permit discrimination against any person or group of persons except in the case of a bona fide occupational qualification on the grounds of race, color, religious creed, age, marital status, familial status, national origin, ancestry, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, intellectual disability, mental disability, learning disability, lawful source of income or physical disability, including, but not limited to, blindness or deafness.  The member charity further agrees and warrants that they are in compliance with all laws and regulations of the United States and the State of Connecticut regarding equal employment opportunity and public accommodations with respect to their programs, clients, officers, employees, and volunteers.  Written documentation of said policy, incorporating all of the foregoing bases for non-discrimination set forth above and duly approved by each member agency’s board, is available for inspection upon reasonable notice of the State Employees Campaign Committee.
  •  The member charity understands that if they fail to honor their commitment to abide by these non-discrimination requirements, they may be prohibited from participation in the State Employees Campaign in accordance with applicable law.
  • This member charity prepares annual reports, available to the general public, that include a full description of its activities and supporting services and identify its directors and chief administrative personnel.
  • This federation certifies that it maintains on file documentation of the defined roles of officers and directors; a current operating budget; and, a description of operations and services including information on the extent of contributor support and volunteer participation in the activities of the organization.
  •  This member charity is directed by an active Board of Directors which meets regularly and whose members serve without compensation.
  • This member charity demonstrates a history of service of not less than 12 months prior to the date of application to participate in the CSEC.
  •  This member charity has not been organized exclusively for the purpose of soliciting contributions from state employees.
  •  This member charity has disclosed all investigations and/or legal proceedings, including the outcome of same, by any federal, state or local law enforcement authority involving the member charity or any director, officer or employee of the member charity, which is based upon its charitable solicitation activities and/or delivery of program services and/or use of funds.
    • NOTE: If you are unable to certify as required, please attach a full explanation.
  • This member charity will inform the participating federation and the CSECC as soon as possible if it fails to comply with any of the requirements of Section 5-262 of the Connecticut General Statutes or applicable regulations.
  • This member charity maintains on file all documents referred to in this application or required to be maintained under applicable regulations and will produce any such document(s) upon the written request of the Comptroller, the State Auditors or the CSECC at the federation’s expense.
    • NOTE: The regulations require that you retain documents for a minimum of 3 years after the fiscal year to which they relate.

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