Feds Continuing with the Spirit of Charitable Giving – CFCNCA Kickoff

Amid recent scandals regarding inappropriate agency conference spending, this morning’s Combined Federal Campaign of the National Capital Area (CFCNCA) Kickoff was striking. With neither mimes and commemorative coins – nor coffee and refreshments – the event was marked in its simplicity and clarity of purpose. The almost 600 campaign coordinators and volunteers, from across all Federal departments and organizations, gathered today to celebrate their campaign’s accomplishments from the previous year, and to inspire the relentless dedication, fearless leadership, and hope needed to meet their ambitious goals for giving during this year’s fall campaign.

John F. Kennedy launched the Combined Federal Campaign in 1961 as a means for Federal employees to collectively help people in need within the United States and around the world. The CFCNCA is one of over 200 regional campaigns across the country, serving Federal employees working within the D.C. metropolitan area. Last year, over 121,000 Federal employees from the D.C. metropolitan area pledged over $64 million in donations. Now in its 51st year, the program continues its efforts to support philanthropy through collective action.

Arriving at the plenary session this morning, “bring your own coffee” in hand, Renee Acosta of Global Impact spoke to the impact of the program. As she congratulated attendees, “Each person in the room is volunteering to coordinate the program, donating time and effort to meet this year’s campaign goal of over 62 million dollars.” Looking around the room, she recognized the campaign coordinators present from each Federal organization, noting that most have continued to volunteer year after year to support the Campaign.

Acosta spoke to the continued generosity of Federal employees, noting that each year Federal workers continue to increase their charitable giving cumulatively. She also highlighted the goals for the 2012 Campaign: raising 62 million in donations, increasing participation to 34 percent of all Federal workers, and increasing the utilization of e-giving. Speaking to current financial circumstances, she affirmed, “The economic crisis isn’t a reason or excuse [not to give]; those closest to need are the most generous of spirit.”

During the session, attendees also heard from Mark Bergel of A Wider Circle, one of the many charities that have received funding through the Campaign. He applauded the efforts of the volunteers, explaining that their effort to lift families from poverty is only possible through the generosity of others. He spoke movingly, reminding us, “what seems like a marginal contribution [can collectively] save hundreds of thousands of lives.”

This kickoff event marks the beginning of a new season for giving, raising money for more than 4,400 charities worldwide that provide human services, health care, medical research, disaster relief, housing, youth development, and much more.

For more information about the Combined Federal Campaign, visit CFCNCA.org.

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Terrence (Terry) Hill

I’m glad that CFC has finally gone online for e-giving, but I can’t seem to find the payroll deduction option for contributions. Lindsey – Can you help me out? Is the credit card option the only one available this year? Have they done away with the payroll deduction option?

Lindsey Tepe

Hi Terry –

On the “Giving Resources” page, there is a video at the bottom that shows how to set up the paperless payroll pledge – it goes step by step through the online process. There is also a pledge form available on the page if you would rather not set it up online!

Terrence (Terry) Hill

My agency doesn’t use Employee Express and I watched the video, but still can’t figure out how to do a paperless payroll deduction contribution. Oh well, maybe I’ll just skip it this year. It’s too much of a hassle. Should be easier to make contributions. I just contributed to the Red Cross, USO, and Habitat. All were very easy to understand and didn’t require instruction videos.

Lindsey Tepe

@Terry – those are wonderful organizations! My family has always been a big supporter of USO – they’ve had a really positive impact on my family members who have served.

Are others having similar issues donating online? Also, with my not being from the DC area, are there any local metro area charities that anyone has donated to in the past?

Shelly Nuessle

Are you in DC now? I split mine with the Wounded Warriors (I also volunteer with them locally), Fisher House, and Water, INC.

I dont know if you have a CFC event where a number of agencies come in and are available for questions. This is also a good time to find a charity you might never have heard of that does good work.

Lindsey Tepe

@Shelly – I just moved to the District from DC… moving around so much, I’ve found volunteering / donating to local charities can be a good way of feeling like a part of a new city.

Many agencies run a Charity Fair during the campaign (like FERC) – any GovLoopers know of an upcoming event at your agency?

Terrence (Terry) Hill

@Lindsey – Check this out:

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