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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.
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!
70,000 emergency responses to natural disasters. A free mammography program for women in need. 4,000 children adopted. 500 internships for Hispanic students. 2.8 million AIDS/HIV patients helped.
Those are just some of the ways that more than 24,000 nonprofit charities will use the millions of dollars raised by the Combined Federal Campaign. I want to thank the dedicated Federal employees who year in and year out contribute to this program worldwide. And I also want to thank the volunteers who make the CFC campaign a success each year.
Earlier this week, OPM submitted a final rule to the Federal Register that we believe will build on the more than 50-year success of the CFC and revitalize the program to make it even better, both for the charities who participate and for our Federal employees.
These regulations will mean that more of a Federal worker’s contribution to the CFC will go directly to the charities they want to help. They will mean that the operation of the CFC will be more transparent, more cost-effective and more convenient. They will mean that the CFC will take advantage of the latest cost-saving technology in a transition to online giving.
These new regulations were developed in consultation with Federal employees, charitable organizations, watchdog groups and campaign administrators. The final rule is a result of not only the collaboration with the charities that benefit from our Federal employees’ donations, but also with the public. We received more than 1,000 comments during the review process.
We understand that some groups have expressed apprehension over these changes. We take these concerns seriously and remain fully committed to working closely with charities and key stakeholders as we implement the final rule. Under the new rule, federal employees are able to maximize their contributions and know that the greatest amount of their donations goes directly to the charities that they choose.
Year after year, Federal employees have been incredibly generous in giving to the CFC. In its more than 50-year history, more than $7 billion have been raised for thousands of charities.
These changes will expand the opportunities for giving, both for new employees who will be able to enroll soon after joining the Federal government and through a new Disaster Relief Program, designed to make sure that those in need get help when they need it most.
Every day, the CFC continues to fulfill the dream of its founder: President John F. Kennedy. I believe that the improvements we are announcing today will strengthen and invigorate this vital program for the next half century.
To view OPM’s Fact Sheet on the final rule’s key changes, please visit: www.opm.gov/cfc.
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As our busy Federal workforce is beginning its work for an exciting and challenging 2014, I want to remind you that it is not too late to contribute to the Combined Federal Campaign. Remember, the deadline for this year has been extended until Wednesday, Jan. 15.
I want to thank everyone who has already generously donated and who have participated in the many events that agencies have held across the government to build interest in this worthwhile campaign.
The generosity of Federal employees is tremendous. I appreciate that these are tough times for many of us, but even a small donation can have an impact on the charities that are part of the CFC.
So as you are finalizing your 2014 personal budget, please consider including a CFC contribution in your planning. The money you contribute can help make “the impossible” possible.
For assistance in making a pledge, please contact your CFC key worker.
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