The Fort Leonard Wood Combined Federal Campaign solicitation period begins Oct. 19 and is scheduled to run through Jan. 15.
The CFC provides federal employees with the opportunity to donate to charities via a one-time donation or payroll deduction.
According to Stephen White, Fort Leonard Wood’s 2020 CFC coordinator, donations from service members and civilians here end up helping people in the local area.
“There are a lot of charities in the CFC that help veterans, service members, civilians and their families,” he said. “Without us giving they may not get the assistance that they need.”
White said the goal this year is to raise $150,000 at Fort Leonard Wood. To accomplish this, he added that making contact with 100 percent of the potential donors is an important first step.
“We need to let them know how they can make a monetary contribution and pledge volunteer time to support organizations that help people in need,” White said. “People are more likely to participate in the program if they are asked.”
Since the campaign first began in 1961, federal employees have donated more than $8.4 billion through the CFC.
According to Michael Rigas, acting director of the Office of Personnel Management, the CFC system increases transparency and ensures that the contributions from federal, postal and military personnel and retirees reach the people who need help the most.
The benefits of the CFC to the government include:
— All federal, postal and military personnel have access to a single electronic giving platform that supports all charities across all zones.
— A simple and easy way for retirees to participate. Retirees can use their monthly annuity and/or credit card to contribute through the CFC. In 2019, federal and military retirees pledged more than $1.5 million to their favorite charities through CFC.
— Empowering donors to pledge volunteer time to help charities. CFC allows employees to give volunteer time in addition to monetary pledges. In the first three years, federal employees pledged more than 364,884 hours (valued at more than $8.6 million) to their favorite charities.
Rigas said that although the OPM has contracted with a central campaign administrator to offer a national CFC online donation system, individuals can still donate by putting pen to paper.
“For anyone who may not have access to or decide not to use the electronic giving system, we also will continue to make a paper pledge form available,” he said.
The CFC is one of the world’s largest and most successful annual workplace charity campaigns, raising millions of dollars each year.