February 12, 2009

Virginia Guard shatters 2008 CFC goal

By Sgt. Andrew H. Owen
Virginia Guard
Public Affairs

Virginia Guard CFC

Chief Warrant Officer Millicent Roy fills out her donation form for her contribution to the Central Virginia Combined Federal Campaign. (Photo by Sgt. Andrew H. Owen, Virginia Guard Public Affairs)

FORT PICKETT, Va. — When the Virginia National Guard set out to beat  last year’s Combined Federal Campaign donation goals of $45,411 in the Central Virginia Region, it ended up the largest percentage increase in the region and brought in more than $57,000.

The CFC campaign ran from Oct. 1 through Nov. 18, and this year’s increased dollar amount was 23 percent was the largest percentage increase in the region, said Maj. Kent Doane, the CFC coordinator for the Virginia National Guard. The region includes all federal activities in Richmond, Fort Lee, the Defense General Supply Center and others, Doane said.

This year’s increased dollar amount was 23 percent, the largest percentage increase in the region, which includes all federal activities in Richmond, Fort Lee, the Defense General Supply Center and others, according to Doane.

Accreditation for this year’s success can be attributed to a number of factors, including forward planning. “We got the word out early,” said Doane. We got people involved in the subordinate commands.”

Another reason Doane thinks more people may have donated more this year is people realize federal sobs are a little more secure right now, with the state of the economy he feels people who can afford to give may be more willing to do so.

Though this year’s campaign was a great success it was not done without aggressive coordination. “There is some effort involved,” said Doane. “Part of that effort is educating the command on why this is important.”

The 2008 increase came in part from the 360 donors who participated in the program. The number of donors was also increased this year by a remarkable 36 percent.

According to official sources, the CFC is the world’s largest and most successful annual workplace charity campaign, with more than 300 CFC campaigns throughout the country and internationally to help to raise millions of dollars each year. Pledges made by federal civilian, postal and military donors during the campaign season support eligible non-profit organizations that provide health and human service benefits throughout the world.

The CFC promotes and supports philanthropy through a program that is employee focused, cost-efficient, and effective in providing federal employees with opportunities to improve the quality of life for others.

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