|By Karen Parrish, American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Department of Defense’s (DoD) 2010 Combined
Federal Campaign (CFC) kicked off in late September, offering federal
civilians and servicemembers the opportunity to contribute to any of
more than 4,000 pre-screened charities.
McCoy campaign to
run Nov. 8-Nov. 30
Fort McCoy will hold its 2010
Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) from Monday, Nov. 8-Tuesday,
The CFC offers federal civilians and servicemembers the
opportunity to contribute to any of more than 4,000 pre-screened
CFC administrators and volunteers reach potential donors through
more than 200 local organizations.
Pledge forms will be available through local coordinators and
online at regional CFC websites. Donations are accepted via
cash, check, or payroll deduction.
For more information about the campaign, visit the Combined
Federal Campaign website at:
http://www.opm.gov/cfc/. The point of contact for the CFC at
Fort McCoy is Nilda Maisonet, who can be reached at
Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn III launched the
department’s annual CFC drive in the Pentagon Library Conference Center,
addressing gathered representatives of more than 20 DoD services,
components and agencies.
“Your leadership has helped this department exceed its contribution
goals year after year,” Lynn said. “I’ve returned today to ask all of
you to do it again — not only to reach a new and higher target, but also
to continue expanding the number of employees who choose to
Lynn invoked President Barack Obama in noting that CFC charities feed
Families who have lost their homes, help wounded servicemembers and
their Families, foster education in underprivileged areas and provide
emergency supplies to disaster victims.
“Precisely because it may be harder to contribute this year, it is so
vital that we continue to give,” he said. “President Obama has said that
America’s success depends on the ability to extend opportunity to every
willing heart — and the Combined Federal Campaign enables us to do just
Army Brig. Gen. R. Mark Brown, a military representative to the National
Capital Area CFC, also spoke as part of the kickoff. He challenged DoD
employees to treat CFC as “part of our mission.”
“Your gifts will serve the needy, comfort the ill, search for cures,
protect the environment, and reach out to help in countless other ways,”
“Sometimes, our battlefield ... is not the sands of Iraq or the
mountains of Afghanistan. Sometimes, that battlefield is the
unemployment line, the food line, and the rehab room,” he added. “We
cannot accept defeat in these causes any more than we can accept defeat
on the battlefield when we are sent to fight.”
The DoD’s 2010 CFC campaign will continue through Dec. 15.
Since 1971, CFC has been the sole authorized workplace charitable
campaign for the federal service.
CFC administrators and volunteers reach potential donors through more
than 200 local organizations, and givers may contribute via cash, check,
or payroll deduction.
Pledge forms are available through local coordinators and online at
regional CFC Web sites.
Charities wishing to participate in CFC must complete an annual
application process. Organizations may apply to be listed as local,
national or international charities depending on their area of service.
The Office of Personnel Management (OPM), which oversees the program,
maintains strict eligibility and public accountability criteria that all
participating CFC charities must meet.
According to OPM figures, 2009 CFC pledges totaled nearly $282.6
million, a 2.7 percent increase over the previous year. The campaign has
garnered more than $6 billion in charitable contributions since its
inception in 1961.