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As we prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving with our loved ones, I want to take a moment to thank each and every Federal employee for their hard work and dedication to serving the American people. I also want them to thank them for their continued support of the Combined Federal Campaign.

Each year, Federal employees show their generosity by signing up for a payroll deduction to help fund the thousands of charities that comprise the CFC, which is the largest and most successful workplace fundraising campaign in the world. In the past 50 years – half a century – the CFC has raised $7 billion.

Behind that $7 billion, are personal stories of people who have been helped by a CFC charity or who are motivated to donate because at some point in their lives they or a loved one were touched by a charitable organization.

Here at OPM, one of our human resource specialists who works at our Boyers, Pennsylvania facility, had leukemia as a child. After going through extensive treatments at Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh, a charity came forward and put a little joy and magic in her life. She was able to go to Disney World and as a sixth-grader was given the chance to sing the National Anthem at a Pittsburgh Pirates game. To this day, she targets her CFC contribution to the charity that helped her at a pivotal point in her life.

One Department of Defense employee found out last year that her mother had a serious and aggressive illness. Because of the universal giving feature of the CFC, which allows donors to contribute to charities all across the country, this Federal worker was able to give back to a local organization that helped her mother through this difficult time.

I’m sure each one of you has heard similar stories and may well have one of your own that you could share.

The point is, as we are all sitting around the Thanksgiving table this year, I hope we will remember those who may be spending this holiday in need.

For those of you who are Federal employees and have not made a contribution to this year’s CFC campaign, I hope you will take a few minutes and go to www.opm.gov/cfc. This website has information about this year’s campaign, a list of the charities that are part of the CFC, and links to the CFC campaign in your area. Please consider signing up for a payroll deduction. No contribution is too small.

And even if you are not in Federal service, I hope you’ll find a way to support causes you believe in throughout the year.

I wish you all the best this holiday season.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Graphic with white background. Blue star within red star to the left of the headline. Headline: CFC. Subhead: Combined Federal Campaign.


As we launch the 2014 Combined Federal Campaign, I’m excited to let you know about a new feature this year that will make it possible for all Federal employees to give to the causes and charities you care about, regardless of where these organizations are located.

Year after year, Federal employees have been incredibly generous in giving to the CFC. Since the first campaign was conducted in 1964, Federal employees have contributed more than $7 billion to the charities of their choice.  Last year alone, more than 800,000 Federal employees donated about $209 million. This force for good has made a real impact on so many lives.  

This year marks the launch of “universal giving” in the CFC.  This means that you are no longer limited to donating to the charities listed on your local CFC Charity List.   You can now choose from more than 24,000 participating charities throughout the United States and overseas. Each of these organizations has been vetted by Federal employees, so you can be confident that they meet the CFC eligibility requirements and public accountability standards.  

The CFC has simplified things by adding an online search function to its website. You can search using a charity’s five-digit CFC code, its name, keywords, taxonomy code, or all of the these elements. You can even limit the administrative and fundraising rates of the charities you view.  

I am particularly excited about Universal Giving because it will allow me the opportunity to support charities in my hometown in Colorado that have assisted my family and neighbors over the years. 

This addition will also allow military service members and civilian employees whose jobs take them overseas or to various stations around the country to donate to their hometown CFC charities or to any CFC cause in the nation that they choose. 

Please take a moment to search for your favorite charities or the causes you care about.  I hope that as you have in the past, you will consider joining me and our colleagues in supporting the nonprofit community through the CFC, the world’s largest and most successful annual workplace charity campaign. You CAN make a difference!


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