By CATRINA FRANCIS
Gold Standard Senior Staff Writer
The Combined Federal Campaign will kick off its annual fundraising drive Tuesday at the Saber & Quill at 9:30 a.m. Sign in begins at 9 a.m.
Last year 2,085 donors were instrumental in the post meeting its goal of $425,000 and exceeding it by $67,616.04. This year’s campaign begins Tuesday and runs through Dec. 15. Donations will be deducted from the donor’s first pay period of the calendar year.
According to opm.gov, the mission of CFC is to promote and support philanthropy through a program that is employee-focused, cost-efficient and effective in providing all federal employees with the opportunity to improve the quality of life for all. CFC is the world’s largest and most successful annual workplace charity campaign, with almost 200 campaigns throughout the country and overseas raising millions of dollars each year. Pledges made by federal civilians, postal and military donors during the campaign season support eligible nonprofit organizations that provide health and human benefits throughout the world.
Master Sgt. Michael Townes, the installation CFC campaign manager, said this is the only time of year when the federal government allows Soldiers and civilians to be solicited for donations.
He pointed out that the money and which organization it’s given to is selected by the donor.
“A book will list all of the categories and donations,” he said. “It tells you how much of the money goes to (the organization). Some (organizations) have no operating costs.”
He added that organizations that are listed in the campaign book have been vetted and met the federal government’s criteria. The organizations will be from the local, national and international communities which meet the 501 (c) nonprofit.
Although Townes isn’t allowed to pressure Soldiers and civilians into donating, he said, “If we get $1 more than we got last year someone else will have an opportunity in life. We (have) to take advantage of the opportunity that we have.
“I know it’s hard times. We just (finished) furloughs, I’m (not trying) to minimize it.”
Townes said there are different ways to donate for those who are interested in contributing.
Department of the Army civilians, the military and nonappropriated funds employees can make donations through payroll deductions or write a check or cash with a one-time donation.
The active Guard Reserve can also have donations deducted through payroll, but Army Reserve and National Guard Soldiers who drill one weekend a month must donate by cash or check.
“If (a donator) doesn’t select (an organization, the donation) will be spread out through many different organizations,” explained Townes. “Every nickel, dime and penny counts.
“Everybody is invited to attend the kick off. I would love to have them there. (Attendees) can also bring their checkbooks or cash to make a donation.”