October 9, 2008

Ceremony kicks off Combined Federal Campaign

By Capt. Dayna Rowden
Virginia Guard Pulbic Affairs

Col. Daryl W. Francis, Chief of the Joint Staff, recieves the Metropolitan Award presented to the Virginia National Guard in recognition of outstanding support for the 2007 Central Virginia Combined Federal Campaign from Jim Kisicki, Director of CV/CFC. (Photo by Sgt. Andrew H. Owen, Virginia Guard Public Affairs)

FORT PICKETT, Va. — The Virginia National Guard marked the beginning of the Combined Federal Campaign, which runs from Oct. 1 to Nov. 18, with key-worker training and a kickoff ceremony held Oct.1 at Fort Pickett.

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.

“The CFC maximizes awareness and contributions and minimizes disruption in the work place,” said Maj. Kent Doane, the CFC coordinator for the Virginia National Guard. “It is a national campaign run through regional offices throughout all the states and territories. Our region is the Central Virginia region, which includes all federal activities in Richmond, Fort Lee, the Defense General Supply Center and others.”

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)

For the first time, the Combined Virginia Campaign, a similar program for Virginia state employees, will run concurrently with the CFC.

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.

“We hope to match or exceed our total from last year, $45,411,” said Doane. “Our help is needed today more than ever. The number of people needing help is going up and private donations are decreasing due to the economy. We can all do our part to help.”

The charitable organizations listed in the CFC book are very diverse. There are conservation initiatives, religious charities, environmental groups, health charities and political charities. People making contributions may give all their contribution to a selected charity or may give to the general fund, which distributes the money to all charities.

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