One of the great benefits of the SECC is the wide variety of charities and causes represented. They range from small local organizations to large and well-known national and international groups. Those charities that wish to participate must send in an application to the SECC office and meet legal and fiscal requirements and then be thoroughly reviewed by the SECC applications review team to ensure: They have met requirements of being a non-profit, tax exempt, charitable organization being supported through voluntary contributions from the general public and providing direct and primary health and human services or those actively engaged in environmental or historical protection, enhancement, restoration, preservation or conservation. Each charity has also provided documentation of its status with the Internal Revenue Service. They spend no more than 25 percent of funds raised on administration and fund raising expenses unless they qualify for an exception due to special circumstances and approval by the SECC Executive Policy Committee. The proposed list is presented to the SECC Executive Policy Committee and voted on.