Combined Federal Campaign-Overseas Recognized by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management

Global Impact, whose mission is to assure help for the world’s most vulnerable people, announced the 2011 Combined Federal Campaign-Overseas (CFC-O) has been awarded the National CFC Innovator Award and three of the campaign’s representatives have been awarded CFC Hero Awards from the Office of Personnel Management (OPM). The Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) is the only approved workplace giving program for Department of Defense (DoD) uniformed and civilian personnel serving overseas. In 2011, the campaign raised more than $14.2 million, representing a 3 percent increase over 2010, and is a testament to those who serve our country.

Each year, the U.S. OPM recognizes campaigns and volunteers who have made extraordinary contributions to the CFC through their dedication and creativity. CFC Innovator Awards are presented to campaigns implementing creative strategies leading to an increase in the number of donors and/or funds raised. CFC Hero Awards are presented to the campaign’s unsung heroes who make significant differences and demonstrate leadership qualities in their campaigns.

“These committed leaders have received this much-deserved recognition and Global Impact joins OPM in praising their efforts,” said organization President Renée S. Acosta. “The CFC-O is a challenging campaign spread around the world. Yet, year after year the campaign and its generous donors provide significant funds to help people everywhere.”

The OPM CFC Innovator Award recognizes the CFC-O for its innovative campaign strategies, changing from a singular approach in managing five different combatant commands to a targeted approach with customized activities for each. Additionally, three special CFC Hero Awards were presented to the following CFC-O campaign representatives:

Mrs. Antonnete Fernandez, for mentoring her unit representatives, publicizing the campaign and demonstrating her personal commitment and dedication to helping those whose need is great.

Major Jason T. Edwards, for overcoming the challenge of being geographically separated and in a different time zone (16 hours difference) from the individuals with whom he was working, and by focusing on improving communication, motivating representatives and establishing clear goals.

Sergeant First Class David Eddington, for ensuring proper training for campaign representatives, delivering materials to remote areas and maintaining communication throughout the campaign despite the challenges of a combat zone.

“These awards serve as a tribute to the Department of Defense uniformed and civilian personnel serving overseas who generously contribute to the CFC-O, helping millions of people throughout

the world,” remarked Michael Rhodes, Director of Administration and Management and Chair of the CFC-O Local Federal Coordinating Committee. “I am honored to be associated with such public servants who continue to exemplify the commitment by the Federal workforce to serve those in need.”

About the CFC-O

The Combined Federal Campaign is the only authorized charitable-giving drive for employees in the Federal workplace. Established by Executive Order in 1961, it continues to be the largest and most successful workplace fundraising model in the world. Over the years, the CFC has become a powerful way to help neighbors in need around the corner, across the nation and throughout the world.

The dedicated uniformed and civilian personnel serving overseas connect with the CFC through the Department of Defense Combined Federal Campaign-Overseas. The CFC-O, administered by Global Impact, is one of the most successful charitable workplace giving campaigns in the world. The five combatant commands pledged more than $14.4 million in 2011 to provide life-saving and life-enriching services benefiting millions of people. For more information, visit

About Global Impact

Global Impact raises funds to meet critical humanitarian needs around the world. Global Impact funds more than 60 U.S.-based international charities through innovative partnerships and employee giving programs and provides solutions to meet the unique giving needs of organizations and donors. In addition, Global Impact distributes charitable donations for some of America’s top corporations and administers two of the world’s largest workplace giving campaigns: the Combined Federal Campaign of the National Capital Area and the Combined Federal Campaign-Overseas. Since 1956, Global Impact has generated more than $1.4 billion to assure help for the world’s most vulnerable people. Learn more at

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