Friday, October 10, 2014

USNA Opens the 2014 Combined Federal Campaign Giving Season

Post by CDR William Swick

The 2014 Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) giving season officially opened Oct. 6 and will run until Dec. 5.

The mission of the CFC, which was established by President John F. Kennedy in 1961, is to promote and support philanthropy through a program that is employee-focused, cost-efficient, and effective in providing all federal employees the opportunity to improve the quality of life for all. In 2013, the USNA campaign raised $200,000 for charitable causes around the world.  This year’s goal is $300,000.

 Why Should I Contribute?

The CFC belongs to you. You control where your gift will go. CFC provides DoD personnel a safe and secure means to “pay it forward” and make a difference in the lives of those in need.

The three Cs of giving:

Choice - You get to direct your pledge to the organizations that are closest to your interests. More than 4,000 are listed in the Giving Guide that you can choose from:

Convenience - Workplace giving has advantages. Through the MyPay payroll deduction, you can give more while only having a small amount deducted from each paycheck. Cash, checks and credit card donations are also accepted. Giving is easy via MyPay:

Confidence - Each charity is federally screened. Through the outstanding oversight efforts, less than 10 percent of the funds are spent on campaign materials, training volunteers, and auditing contributions. Because this cost is so low compared with other fundraising campaigns, every dollar of your pledge goes a very long way toward helping others.

You don’t have to go far to find people in need. Many of your family members, friends and neighbors benefit from the services of charities participating in the CFC. Whether it’s advances in medicine provided by research, support for our aging parents, disaster assistance or the opportunity for a child to participate in after school programs, everyone has something to gain by supporting the campaign.  It is on us. Together we will make a difference.

Contact your local CFC representative or CDR Swick for further information.

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