Give Today

Together, we can make a huge difference in our community.

Your contribution, large or small, helps us reach our annual campus campaign goal of $35,000 to support children, families, the elderly, and those living with illness, poverty, homelessness, or disability in greater Oswego County. All donations, except by donor choice, stay local.

Three ways to give

Biweekly Pledge

  • Contribute to charities of your choice
  • Easy payroll deductions start at $1
  • Become eligible for biweekly prizes
  • Increase your pledge from last year for a chance to win Step Up Challenge prizes valued up to $3,000!

Learn more below, or

Make a Pledge

One-Time Donation

  • Easy, secure, online donation process supports the overall SUNY Oswego SEFA campaign
  • Contribute to the United Way of Greater Oswego County and the 29 local charities they support
  • Become eligible for biweekly prizes
Make a Donation

Fundraisers

  • Over 15 fundraisers and special events each year
  • Support local charities aligned with each fundraiser theme
  • Fundraisers include food, swag, and plant sales; raffles; awareness walks; and supply drives
View current fundraisers

Give and Win

By making a one-time donation or biweekly pledge, you'll be entered to receive biweekly prizes from SUNY Oswego SEFA – $25 gift cards to local businesses. You'll also be entered in our two Grand Prize drawings for $100 Visa gift cards. These incentive prizes are generously underwritten the UUP and CSEA unions.

All new biweekly pledge donors as well as returning pledge donors who give at least $1 more than last year are also eligible for the regional CNY SEFA Step Up Challenge prizes valued at $25-50 and awarded weekly, with large quarterly prizes like a $3,000 debit card. Learn how to enter the Step Up Challenge below.

Biweekly Incentive Prizes & Winners

Winners will be added as the campaign season progresses!

2021 Prizes and Drawing Dates:

  • Oct 15 - Riverwalk Bagels - winner Chad Whelsky
  • Oct 29 - Lakeside Artisans - winner Emily Estrada
  • Nov 12 - Oswego Cinema 7 - winner Karen Wolford
  • Nov 29 - Aqua Spa Float Center & Wellness Retreat - winner Christy Huynh
  • Dec 3 - Sherry's Downtown Diner - winner Lisa Evaneski
  • Dec 10 - Stone's Candy Shop - winner Angela Galvin
  • Dec 17 - The Organic Earthling - winner Julie Pretzat
  • Dec 23 - Southern Fare Restaurant – winner Kristen Haynes
  • Jan 6 - Grand Prize Drawing - winner Matt Brooks

Step Up Challenge - How to Enter

Fill out the Step Up Challenge form and email it to sefa@oswego.edu after completing your pledge to be entered for a Step Up Challenge Prize.

Making a Biweekly Pledge

One of the biggest impacts you can make is through a convenient biweekly pledge to a charity or charities of your choice. See below to learn how.

How SEFA works in 5 easy steps. Information presented is found on this page under "Three ways to give" and "Making a biweekly pledge."

 

Which charities can I support?

Check out the 2021 SEFA Pledge Booklet to see a list of the hundreds of local, regional, national, and international charities you can support through convenient biweekly payroll deductions. Central New York charities are listed on page 72.

You can also search for charities on the SEFA website by name, by geographic area, and by keyword.

Charities must be vetted before they can be included in the SEFA Pledge Booklet. Each year, new charities can apply between Dec 1 and Jan 15. If you have a charity you love to support who is not listed in the SEFA Booklet, please share the application (link to 2022 application) with them starting Dec 1.

How do I make a pledge?

Visit the NY SEFA e-pledge webpage to make your pledge today. Be sure to select the “Oswego - 28230” (887 - Central NY campaign area) so your contribution is counted toward our campaign goal.

Your pledge starts with the new calendar year, and must be renewed every year. Start pledging or increase your pledge from last year and complete a Step Up Challenge form to be entered for prizes from CNY SEFA! See "Give and Win" above for details.

If this is your first time, please see below for our pledge tutorial. If you encounter any issues with the e-pledge process, reach out to us at SEFA@oswego.edu.

Do you have a pledge tutorial?

Yes! We have a video tutorial here:

A PowerPoint version can be accessed here.

Why should I designate where my pledge goes?

Did you know the majority of funds from undesignated pledges are awarded to charities outside of Oswego County? Consider teaming up with us to make Oswego County SEFA Strong by designating your pledge to one of the local charities below. Or, choose your own favorite local, regional, national, or international charities by searching the 2021 Booklet of Statewide and Local Charities.

The Children's Center of Oswego, Inc

999-00491

Friends of Oswego County Hospice, Inc.

87-00214

Oswego County Opportunities, Inc.

87-00320

Paws Across Oswego County

87-00198

Peaceful Remedies, Inc

87-00205

Salvation Army - Oswego

87-00144

United Way of Greater Oswego County, Inc.

87-00157

 

Can retirees make a pledge?

Yes! Please see our instructions for retirees and the retiree pledge form.

How can I calculate my total pledge contribution?

You can see what your total contribution will be with our Contribution Conversion Chart (PDF), image below.

Contribution conversion chart

What difference can my dollar make?

Even a small biweekly donation can make a huge difference. Here are some examples:

  • $1 a paycheck can feed a family of four 3 meals a day for 3 days;
  • $2 a paycheck provides food for two dogs or cats for 3 weeks;
  • $5 a paycheck can plant twenty trees, offsetting 20 tons of carbon dioxide emissions;
  • $10 a paycheck provides two weeks of temporary housing for someone recovering from a bone marrow transplant;
  • $15 a paycheck provides supplies to build emergency shelters for twenty families uprooted during a crisis;
  • $20 a paycheck provides a hand-washing station to give people access to clean water;
  • $25 a paycheck can send a shipment of medicines to a community clinic.
What if I have another question?

We're happy to help! SEFA has an FAQ document you can reference.

If you don't find your question answered there, feel free to reach out to your building representative or the SEFA committee at SEFA@oswego.edu.

About United Way

United Way of Greater Oswego County 2021 Video

Many of our campaign fundraisers support United Way of Greater Oswego County. Learn more about their incredible work on behalf of our community in this video.