News: Combined Federal Campaign-Overseas to begin
CAMP FOSTER, Japan - The Combined Federal Campaign-Overseas begins its 2011 campaign here Oct. 3 to raise money for charitable organizations at home and around the world.
The CFC-O is an authorized solicitation of federal employees in the workplace and supports more than 2,400 approved charities. The program is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.
Approved charitable organizations within the CFC-O include causes responsible for researching cures for diseases, rehabilitating wounded military personnel and providing natural disaster relief.
“CFC-O is literally a one stop shop for charitable donations, everything from medical treatment, education programs and community support activities to a variety of humanitarian and disaster relief organizations,” said Lt. Col. James E. Howard, the Marine Forces Japan project officer for the 2011 CFC-O and a political military liaison with Marine Corps Bases Japan G-5 Community Policy, Planning and Liaison.
“No gift is too small,” he added.
The campaign, which began in 1961, has continued to gain momentum and is now the largest workplace philanthropic fundraiser in the world.
The fall 2010 Combined Federal Campaign-Overseas campaign alone raised approximately $13.8 million for charities, according to the CFC website.
“Last year Marine Forces Japan contributed $657,842 to the CFC-O with a participation rate of 27 percent. It would be a tremendous display of generosity to exceed those figures in 2011,” said Howard.
The goal of this year’s campaign, as it is for every year, is to achieve 100 percent contact among qualified potential contributors, said Capt. Christopher M. Eyre, the plans and operations officer for G-4 Supply and Logistics, Marine Corps Base Camp Butler, and a community area project officer for the CFC.
“In this tough economic climate, charities are working harder than ever, even as their own budgets are shrinking,” said Hillary R. Clinton, U.S. Secretary of State and honorary chair of the CFC. “So help us meet these growing needs and support them through a one-time contribution or a payroll deduction.”
“This year’s campaign let’s you ensure that the charities of your choice will continue to fulfill their mission,” said President Barack H. Obama in his CFC message. “In tough times our charities need all we can give them.”
CFC-O donations go to any approved organization or cause the participant selects, even to supporting those affected by the March 11 earthquake and subsequent tsunami in mainland Japan.
“Recovery efforts initiated by Operation Tomodachi will continue for a long time, and the organizations assisting our neighbors on mainland Japan will need your help,” said Howard.
The campaign will continue through Dec. 2. For more information, contact your unit CFC representative or visit the CFC homepage at www.opm.gov/cfc.
Date Posted:09.28.2011 22:46
Location:CAMP FOSTER, OKINAWA, JP
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