What is the Combined Federal Campaign?

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By Craig Cavitt, Installation CFC Program Manager /

If you’ve been on a military installation for a while, you’ve undoubtedly noticed or been informed about the Combined Federal Campaign. During the late summer and fall, unit CFC representatives work hard in support of the CFC and ensure its success.

But what exactly is the CFC?

The CFC is a means for federal employees, military and civilian, to donate to qualifying charities.

Donors can choose specific charities or contribute to a general fund that will be distributed amongst all charities. These charities focus on supporting our communities in every conceivable area, such as veteran issues, health care and research, education, homelessness, animal shelters, religion and more.

Contributions made through the CFC are tax deductible. Donations can be made through either payroll deductions or one time donation. The advantage of a payroll deduction is that the amount donated is spread throughout the year and is handled through Defense Finance and Accounting Services. Payroll deduction pledges or one time contributions can be made online or by filling out a paper pledge form. The preferred online payroll deduction method is through myPay.

For payroll deductions there is a minimum donation of $1 per pay period. While that doesn’t seem like much, every donation helps. If every Soldier and civilian donated $1 per pay period, Fort Benning could generate nearly a half million dollars for charities. This would surpass last year’s amount.

This year’s CFC open period is from Sept. 1 to Dec. 15. Historically the bulk of donations are made before Thanksgiving.

The campaign is administered by the Garrison command in conjunction and support of the North Florida, Southeast Georgia CFC regional office (www.nefl-sega-cfc.org).

The hardest job in this campaign falls on the shoulders of the unit representatives. That’s where the rubber meets the road. Each unit has identified volunteers to meet with every member of the units and directorates to ensure the success of our campaign. These unit representatives will be distributing material, educating and collecting pledges.

In the coming months you’ll see the CFC thermometers at every access control point. These thermometers mark our collective progress in obtaining our goal.

Consider giving through the CFC to support charities helping those who need it most. Your gift makes a difference. The generosity of our installation has a positive impact on those in local communities, across the nation and around the world.

If you would like to make a contribution, see your unit CFC coordinator. If you have any questions, please see your unit’s CFC coordinator or contact the installation CFC program manager at craig.j.cavitt.civ@mail.mil.

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