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Best Practices in the CFC - Request for Abstracts

CFC Memorandum 2000-01

SUBJECT: Best Practices in the CFC - Request for Abstracts

The CFC Operations Office is issuing "A Call for Abstracts" for information that describes strategies developed by your campaign that have made a significant difference. The goal of this initiative is to build a body of information about what works best in the CFC so it can be shared with others who are interested in learning from the successes that continue to make the CFC an outstanding model of campaign giving.

CFC BestPractice Abstracts will be compiled into a single document for dissemination and distribution during the Regional Meetings and the CFC Operations website, and will later be considered for recognition during the National CFC Awards presented during Public Service Recognition Week in early May.

In order to compile these in time for the first Regional Meeting scheduled March 19-21 in San Diego, we must receive your abstract no later than February 20, 2000.

Abstracts will be classified into the following five categories:

  1. Campaign Marketing
  2. Campaign Administration/Management
  3. Donor and Volunteer Recognition
  4. Collaborations
  5. Other Innovations

Attached are brief guidelines for the submission of abstracts. We strongly encourage you to submit strategies that also reflect the work performed by the LFCC's, not just the PCFO's.

If you have any questions regarding the submission of abstracts or the guidelines, please contact Ms. Gail Davis at 202-606-2564.

We look forward to hearing from you!

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CFC Best Practices Abstracts

Guidelines for Submission

Deadline for Submission: February 20, 2000

The abstract should tell us your story in a one page narrative statement that answers the questions outlined below. You may add other relevant information that you think others would benefit from when implementing a similar strategy.

  1. What was the best practice strategy and what were the circumstances that led to its development (i.e., need to increase participation, promote campaign visibility, motivate donors, strengthen campaign oversight or administration, stimulate volunteer involvement, engage the interest of younger workers, promote more collaborations, etc.) You may also wish to explain how you fully implemented a process that was working well.
  2. What was new or innovative about the strategy? An innovation does not necessarily mean that it has not been done before, but it may reflect an activity that was new to your campaign.
  3. What principal aspect of the campaign was improved?
  4. What lessons did you learn in the process?

Abstracts will be classified in the following five categories. We have provided you with examples to assist you in selecting a category. Your abstract should indicate the category in the top left margin and if the project or initiative had a name please include this as well.


  1. Campaign Marketing (i.e., application of new marketing methods or technology)
  2. Campaign Administration/Management (i.e., LFCC and/or PCFO management strategies that may include ways of containing administrative costs, application review processes, improving accountability, promoting LFCC-PCFO cooperation, evaluating campaign results, data systems, automated giving initiatives, etc.)
  3. Donor and Volunteer Recognition (strategies for motivating donors, maintaining and renewing the volunteer involvement, LE training, etc.)
  4. Collaborations (linking employees with volunteer opportunities, involving federal retirees in the campaign, etc.)
  5. Other Innovations (this is an open-ended category that looks for Best Practices that are new to your CFC and that address an aspect of the CFC that is not covered in the above categories. Tell it like it is!)

Submit Abstracts to: 

CFC Operations Office
Attn. Gail Davis
1900 E Street, Rm. 5450, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20415
Fax: 202/606-5056

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