WASHINGTON - The Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) kicked off the 2013 Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) at its headquarters on Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling (JBAB) Sept. 10 and announced this year's goal of $950,000.
Some may wonder why the campaign goal decreased from the 2012 goal of one million? Acknowledging the challenging fiscal environment and the unique economic challenges facing the workforce, the Department of Defense (DOD) reduced the goal proportionally across the community. However, as DIA CFC manager Bruce Shank pointed out, DIA would exceed the agency's goal if each employee in the National Capital Region (NCR) donates the cost of a premium cup of coffee each pay period throughout the year.
The keynote speaker for the event was Tammy Moore, advisor to the American Red Cross president and chief executive officer regarding policy, strategy and operations. She shared the diversity of American Red Cross services which range from teaching animal CPR classes and providing 40 percent of the nation's emergency blood supply to providing food, shelter and emotional support to disaster survivors. The organization also supports wounded veterans – American Red Cross volunteers are often the first Americans wounded service members see when arriving back on U.S. soil.
Other special guests included first responders dear to DIA: members of DIA police, the JBAB fire department and the Waldorf Emergency Management Service. CFC recognizes the critical role of first responders to many of the 4,440 charitable organizations involved with the campaign.
Upcoming CFC fundraiser events at DIA include daily pushup contests, golf tournaments, bake sales, charity fairs, DIA Field Day, social mixers, jeans and jersey days, corn hole and more.
Here is some useful information about CFC:
What is the Combined Federal Campaign?
CFC is the only authorized charitable-giving drive for employees in the federal workplace. The Combined Federal Campaign of the National Capital Area (CFCNCA) is the local campaign for federal employees with a permanent duty station in the Washington Metropolitan Area and is the largest workplace-giving campaign in the world.
What is the purpose of CFC?
The annual fundraising campaign helps support a variety of health, human and other services provided by local, national and international charitable agencies. This single campaign is one of the most cost-efficient fundraising methods available. It succeeds because campaign workers from the federal workforce combine their resources for one coordinated effort.
How do I give to CFC?
DIA employees have a few options:
• Donate through payroll deduction – either by filling out a paper pledge form or signing up electronically at www.cfcnca.org, printing out a pledge form and giving it to the CFC directorate coordinator.
• Contribute a one-time donation by check to CFCNCA or by credit/debit card and e-Check electronic bank transactions on www.cfcnca.org in a paperless eGiving process.
• Participate in any of the agency's CFC events which raise money with fun activities.
The first step is to review the list of charities and select the ones that you would like to receive your gift. It's all about choice — you decide where the money goes and you select the giving method that works best for you.
If I don't designate a charity, what happens to my donation?
All "undesignated" donations are combined and then shared proportionately among all charities and federations that received designations from DIA donors.
It is important to select and designate charities to ensure your gift goes where you want it to go. It's easy! Use the Online Charity Search tool to search and find charities that match your interests. It allows searching by keyword, location and other important choices to help you find charities efficiently.
Do I have to make a pledge?
CFC is committed to giving every DIA employee the opportunity to participate in the campaign. Participation, however, is strictly optional. Any effort to coerce an employee to take part in CFC in any way when he or she does not wish to do so is prohibited by regulation and should be immediately reported.
Why should I make charitable contributions through CFC when I could just send a check directly to charities I wish to support?
Although you could write a check and mail it directly to a charity, CFC reduces the need for individual and costly solicitations from charities by combining this into one campaign, once a year. Accounting costs are much lower because charitable gifts are consolidated into monthly checks to the charity, thereby reducing the accounting overhead of them processing these donations one-by-one each month.
Reducing costs through this collective effort ensures more of your pledge goes directly and quickly to the good work of the charity.
Is CFC covered by federal regulations?
Yes - all CFC campaigns operate under regulations issued by the Office of Personnel Management. The regulations are designed to give federal employees who wish to help others through CFC the opportunity to participate without pressuring individuals who do not wish to do so.
What are the details on this year's DIA campaign?
This year's CFC campaign theme for the National Capital Region is "I make it possible" which runs through Dec. 15. In light of trying times, Ronald Reagan's words ring true: "We can't help everyone, but we all can help someone."
DIA has consistently met the CFC goal in the past and is looking to repeat that tradition this year. For those who wish to donate, view the Combined Federal Campaign website today at www.cfcnca.org.