By Craig Cavitt, lead management and program analyst, Plans, Analysis, Integration and Operations
FORT BENNING, Ga. (Oct. 26, 2017) – If you’ve been on a military installation for a while you’ve undoubtedly noticed or been informed about the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC). But what exactly is the CFC? In a series of articles over the next several weeks we’ll cover the ins and outs of 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 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 and can be made through either payroll deductions or one-time donation. The advantage of a payroll deductions is that the amount donated is spread throughout the year and is handled through DFAS. Payroll deduction pledges or one-time contributions can be made online or by filling out a paper pledge form. The preferred method of donating is through the official Office of Personnel Management CFC donation website at https://cfcgiving.opm.gov. 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 more than a half million dollars for charities. This would more than double last year’s amount.
The Garrison Command administers the campaign in conjunction and with support from the Southeast Tri-State CFC Zone. The hardest job in this campaign, however, falls on the shoulders of the unit representatives, who are where the rubber meets the road.
Each unit at Fort Benning has identified volunteers to meet with every member of the unit/directorate to ensure the success of our campaign. These unit representatives will be distributing material, educating, answering questions, and collecting pledges.
Consider using CFC to donate to the charities of your choice.
This year’s CFC open period is now through Dec. 15. CFC online pledging will be accepting donations through Jan. 12.
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 representative. Consider giving through the CFC to support charities helping those who need it most. Your gift makes a difference. If you have any questions please see your unit’s CFC coordinator or call the installation’s CFC office at 706-545-1670.
One person cannot change the world, but you can change the world for one person. Donate to a charity today.
To learn more about the Combined Federal Campaign, including what charities you can donate to through the CFC, visit https://cfcgiving.opm.gov.