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Partners in Giving celebrated its 50th Anniversary in 2022!


Be Part of Something Bigger

October 9 – November 30, 2023


The State Employees Combined Campaign (SECC), now called Partners in Giving, began in 1973 as Dane County’s state employee workplace funding campaign. With the mission to support a variety of causes, Partners in Giving raises millions of dollars each year for over 500 local, state, national, and international charities that are working to make a difference in areas such as housing and shelter, disability services, education, mental illness and wellness, veterans, children and family services, community involvement, the environment, and animal welfare.

Every year, WHEDA joins colleagues from state agencies, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the UW Health system to participate in fundraising efforts across Dane County. Each participating agency and organization has a volunteer-led subcommittee that plans and organizes fundraising events within their company. The Partners in Giving subcommittees aim to increase staff awareness and engagement surrounding the campaign, with the overall goal of reaching their participation and monetary goals. WHEDA’s Partners in Giving subcommittee is currently led by Nadia Kaminski and made up of another nine active members who work to plan fun and unique fundraising events. Throughout the years, popular fundraisers have included a football pool, Halloween costume contest (pets included!), and, unsurprisingly, food-based events. Employees have the option to choose whether they want their money to go to a specific charity or an umbrella of charities within the Partners in Giving campaign.

The Partners in Giving campaign season typically runs from October through the end of November each year. In hopes of garnering additional excitement, volunteer efforts, and fundraising dollars, WHEDA announced that it would be expanding to a year-round effort starting in 2022. WHEDA’s campaign goal for 2022 was to raise $30,000—a 5% increase from the $28,536 raised by the Authority in 2021. The Authority exceeded that goal by raising $32,863!

Since its inception, Partners in Giving has raised an astounding $85 million for charities around the world. Since 1996, WHEDA has contributed $727,877 to this total, and as a result, has been awarded for its participation and donation totals year after year. None of this would be possible without the passion of WHEDA’s Partners in Giving Committee or its dedicated employees. WHEDA looks forward to making a difference in the campaign season ahead!


Combined Campaign Agency/Unit Awards

Agencies with Employee Numbers 51-150


  • Percent Participation - First Place
  • Total Dollars - First Place ($32,863)
  • Employee Awards:
    • 2022 Partners in Giving Excellence Award: Elizabeth Green
    • 2022 Partners in Giving Innovation Events Award: T Lambeth


  • Per Capita Contribution - First Place
  • Percent Participation - First Place
  • Total Dollars - First Place ($28,536)
  • Increase in Percent Participation - Second Place


  • Per Capita Contribution - First Place
  • Percent Participation - First Place
  • Total Dollars - First Place


  • Per Capita Contribution - First Place
  • Percent Participation - First Place
  • Total Dollars - First Place

Agencies with Employee Numbers 101-400


  • Percent Participation - Second Place
  • Per Capita Contribution - Third Place


  • Percent Participation - Third Place


  • Percent Participation - Third Place


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Register to attend virtual Charity Lunch and Learns every Tuesday throughout the campaign season!