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The NC State Employees Combined Campaign (SECC) was established by Governor Jim Hunt in 1984 as a federated campaign allowing state employees to support charities that are reviewed and approved for participation annually.

The Carolina Cares, Carolina Shares (CCCS) campaign is UNC-Chapel Hill’s campaign in support of the SECC.  UNC-Chapel Hill is historically the largest statewide participant in the SECC.

The SECC (and by extension CCCS) is the only authorized charitable campaign in the workplace and allows employees to choose payroll deduction as a payment option.

No state funds are used to run the campaign.  Operational support is provided through campaign pledges with a 10 percent maximum cap.

Since the first campaign in 1985, state employees have contributed more than $100 million to charities serving North Carolina residents.  More than 777 charities were approved to participate this year.

The Governor appoints the State Co-Chairs of the SECC from the NC Cabinet, the University System or Community College System.

The 2023 State Co-Chairs are:

  • Darryl Bass, Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer
    UNC System
  • Jonathan Kappler, Chief of Staff,
    Department of Health & Human Services
  • Betty Marrow-Taylor, Chief Diversity Equity & Inclusion Officer
    Dept. of Commerce

The Carolina Cares, Carolina Shares Campaign Chair for 2023 is Sherene Jenkins, University Program Manager in the Office of Human Resources and Equal Opportunity and Compliance.