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Combined Federal Campaign continues to raise funds

By Season Osterfeld | 1ST INF. DIV. POST | December 08, 2017

     The Combined Federal Campaign is underway at Fort Riley and other U.S. government organizations worldwide.

     The campaign, which began here in early November, encourages people to donate to one or more of thousands of charitable organizations around the world, according to the CFC website at www.heartlandcfc.org. Since it began 56 years ago, the campaign has raised more than $8 billion in donations.

     “The idea is that there’s a central campaign or a once a year campaign that allows everyone to be able to donate to the charity of their choice through payroll deduction,” said Clint Strutt, Fort Riley Financial Readiness Program manager.

     In years past, Fort Riley had a goal to try and reach in funds raised for the duration of the campaign.

     However, this year a series of changes are being introduced to CFC and with them how people donate has been modified. As these changes are still in their early stages, campaign representatives are unable to track the numbers for local donations, among other things, Strutt said.

     “This is the first year of a multiyear modernization campaign for the CFC,” he said. “It hasn’t gone through really any kind of a modernization since it was put in in the 60s, so payroll deductions and ACH, which is where somebody could reach in and pull stuff out of your bank account — a lot of that has changed over time. The idea was instead of having it every single agency has to work through their own pay system … they made one central location through the Giveback Foundation to cover it all.”

     In place of a monetary goal, CFC leaders have requested organizations focus on 100-percent contact with every federal employee by representatives.

      Additionally, representatives are no longer able to accept cash donations, but they can still accept checks and paper enrollment sheets, Strutt said. Alternatively, people can register their donation online at the campaign’s website. Pledged volunteer hours are also being accepted this year in place of monetary donations.

      One of the biggest changes is 100 percent of the donations pledged now go directly to the charity.

     “This year, they’ve done a couple changes,” Strutt said. “They no longer accept cash donations. It’s either got to be through a check, a paper donation or electronically online. The other one is they’ve changed the structure a little bit. It used to be you would give a certain amount and off of your donation, part of that would go to the CFC to administer the campaign and now it’s a 100 percent pass through of your donation.”

      As of Nov. 27, $19 million in donations had been pledged worldwide.

      Electronic donation pledge forms are being accepted through Jan. 12. Paper donation forms will be accepted by unit representatives or staff at the Army Community Service Financial Readiness Program office through Dec. 29.

 

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