Oct. 20, 2009

Virginia Guard kicks off 2009 Combined Federal Campaign

By Maj. Cotton Puryear
Virginia Guard Public Affairs

FORT PICKETT, Va. — The Virginia National Guard kicked off the 2009 Combined Federal Campaign Oct. 9 with words of encouragement and support from the Adjutant General of Virginia and presentations from organizations that can benefit from CFC donations.

“Every year we gather to refresh our memories about the Combined Federal Campaign and the good that it does for others less fortunate than we are,” said Maj. Gen. Robert B. Newman, Jr., the Adjutant General of Virginia. “I know these are challenging times, but I think it is important that we remind ourselves of what CFC does and to share what we can with those less fortunate so their lives can be improved in some way.”

Newman pointed out that using the payroll deduction method of donating takes a little bit of each monthly paycheck, but it makes a big difference for the many organizations that benefit from the CFC.

This year’s campaign runs through Nov. 20 and the goal is to raise $58,000, said Lt. Col. Shawn Kerrigan, the Virginia National Guard CFC coordinator.

The CFC is the only authorized solicitation of Federal employees in the workplace on behalf of approved charitable organizations. It was established by an executive order in the early 1960’s to coordinate the fundraising efforts of various charitable organizations. This coordination ensures the federal donor would only be solicited once a year in the workplace and would have the opportunity to make charitable and tax deductable gifts through payroll deduction.

Each major subordinate command and each joint staff section has a representative who will distribute and collect CFC contribution slips and CFC books, which contain information about local, national and international organizations.

Contributors can choose to donate as little as one dollar or as much as they desire. Contributions are tax deductible.  Traditional Guardsmen may give through cash or checks at drill but cannot give through payroll deduction.

Last year the Virginia National Guard shattered its goal of $45,411 when it brought in more than $57,000, the large percentage increase in the Central Virginia Region. The region includes all federal activities in Richmond, Fort Lee, the Defense General Supply Center.

Click here to download the 2009 CFC brochure.

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