SEFA is a charitable solicitation of New York state employees conducted under the authority of State Finance Law § 201-1. State employees may give to any of the charitable organizations that have been approved for participation in SEFA and may at any time revoke or modify a contribution made through payroll deduction by providing a written request to the employee’s payroll office. The Central New York SEFA region includes Cayuga, Onondaga, Oswego and Seneca Counties. If you would like more information about your local SEFA campaign, please see below or contact Ellen Schwartz at 428-2219 or

CNY SEFA Committee-members

2017 CNY SEFA meeting schedule


SEFA is made up of charitable agencies with 501(c)(3) status that have applied to be part of and been approved to participate by State employees.  Once approved to participate in the campaign, charities have to recertify every year to ensure that they still meet all the requirements to continue participation.

  • Recertification forms are scheduled to be available online between April 1st and November 30th every year.
  • New Applications are available online between December 1st and January 15th every year.  Be sure to read the instructions before you complete the application.

For a link to these online applications and their instructions, go to: