2013-09-27 / Front Page

Combined Federal Campaign kicks off

By Bonnie Heater
Fort Gordon Public Affairs

Toney Cross, the Combined Federal Campaign coordinator of the CSRA, addresses an audience of CFC leaders Sept. 17 in Olmstead Hall, exchanging ideas with his listeners. 
Photo by Bill Bengston / Fort Gordon Public Affairs Toney Cross, the Combined Federal Campaign coordinator of the CSRA, addresses an audience of CFC leaders Sept. 17 in Olmstead Hall, exchanging ideas with his listeners. Photo by Bill Bengston / Fort Gordon Public Affairs The Comb ined Feder a l Campaign is one of the largest and most successful annual charities held in the federal workplace. The nonprofit organizations in the CFC provide health and human-service benefits in the United States and abroad. Here at Fort Gordon the campaign kicked off Sept. 17 in Olmstead Hall.

Guest speaker Col. Samuel Anderson, Fort Gordon garrison commander, addressed the installation’s CFC key workers, project officers, organizers and local representatives from several charitable organizations. He briefly talked about the history of CFC, explaining the campaign’s roots can be traced back to the 1940s and talked about the importance of gifting.

“Before the 1950s, on-thejob fundraising in the federal workplace and the armed forces was an uncontrolled free-for-all,” Anderson said. “Agencies established hard quotas for their organizations – and even some quotas for individual people – and they brought quite a lot of pressure to bear on their employees to meet those quotas.”

Anderson explained that at that time, federal employees could not designate where they wanted their donations to go to. However, that changed in June 1956, when President Dwight D. Eisenhower charged his advisor on personnel management to fix the problems in federal on-the-job fundraising. This resulted in the creation of the first federal fundraising policies.

Established in 1961, by a presidential executive order signed by President John F. Kennedy, the CFC is the largest workplace charity campaign in the United States. It’s the only campaign authorized to solicit and collect contributions from federal employees in the workplace for preapproved and authorized charitable organizations.

Today, CFC is one of the world’s largest and most successful annual workplace giving campaign. Each year, more than 350 CFC campaigns are hosted throughout the United States and internationally help to raise millions of dollars.

The garrison commander talked about funding challenges the federal government faces now and in the future. “The people of the United States, and people across our planet, need strong safety nets now more than ever,” Anderson said. “The Combined Federal Campaign helps make sure those safety nets can catch us when we fall, and help us spring back to our feet as quickly as possible. But, those charitable organizations can’t do it alone. They need donors, good men and women willing to make a small contribution to benefit their fellow human beings”.

Anderson encouraged the CFC key workers attending the kickoff to talk to everyone about making a donation. “You’re going to make sure that each and every one of our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and civilians has an opportunity to choose to make a contribution,” he said. “We’re not in the business of twisting arms, and we don’t need to be; the men and women of Fort Gordon have always given of themselves.”

“But, we are in the business of making sure that everyone has a chance to give, and our job isn’t finished while there is even one person out there on post who hasn’t been asked to consider a donation”.

This year Fort Gordon’s CFC goal is $400,000; the CSRA’s goal is $700,000. This year’s theme is “Serving Our Country, Supporting Our Community”.

“The Combined Federal Campaign is one of those rare opportunities to make a real difference in people’s lives,” Anderson told the CFC key workers. “It comes along only once a year, we owe it to our fellow human beings, and to ourselves, to give it our best effort.”

“Just so you know, since 2004, Federal employees and military personnel have donated more than $2.4 billion, we are making a difference,” Anderson added.”This is important, and we’re counting on each and every one of you to help us continue this important work.”

Toney Cross, the CRSA CFC coordinator, joined Anderson, in urging Fort Gordon CFC key workers, to be bold and positive in getting the word out about the great work accomplished by the Combined Federal Campaign.

Francisco Cruz Jr., the Fort Gordon Fisher House manager, joined Cross in emphasized the importance a donation can make. Cruz showed a short video commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Fort Gordon Fisher House which took place this year. The short film featured interviews from military families who stayed or are staying at the home during the recovery of their love one and what it meant to their families to have this support.

Karen Parsley, the vice president partner relations with Community Health Charities Southeast, along with Rena Forum, the American Red Cross station manager at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center, talked about their organizations and how many people received help through generous donations made during the annual CFC campaign.

There are more than 4,000 organizations to donate to through the Combined Federal Campaign. All have been audited and made accountable for the donations they receive annually. How much of a contribution and to what organizations receive a donation is up to the individual giver. Donations can be made through a payroll allotment; or a one-time contribution made in cash or a check through one’s unit CFC project workers. Online giving is also available by going to https:://www.cfcnexus.org/_ csra/.

“This year’s campaign will be remembered as the campaign where nothing stood in front of the federal employees giving back to the community, reaching out to help the charities of choice while dealing with furloughs, sequestration and other burdens,” Patricia Camacho, installation CFC project officer said. “There is no greater campaign than the CFC.”

The campaign is expected to wrap-up Nov. 29. For more information about the installation CFC or the 2nd annual CFC golf fundraiser tournament, which is to be held Nov. 25 at the Gordon Lakes Golf course, call (706) 791-8664 or 791-2625.

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