Story by Craig Cavitt, lead management and program analyst, Plans, Analysis, Integration and Operations
FORT BENNING, Ga. (Nov. 9, 2017) – With thousands of charities eligible for Combined Federal Campaign, or CFC, donations the hardest part of the process is deciding which charities to support.
The actual pledging part isn’t difficult at all as there are two methods to donate: online and a paper pledge form.
Pledging on-line reduces the required amount of paper and required staff hours required to process pledges. It also reduces the off chance of human error in data entry. In each method, the donor defines which charities they wish to support.
The first step is to determine which charities to support. There is a unique five-digit code for each charity that can be found next to the charity name in the CFC Charity List or online. There are thousands of charities that make up 26 service categories. These categories include education, health care, medical research, human services, animal related, religion related, youth development, and mental health and crisis intervention. If there is something you care about, there is a charity that works in that area.
The preferred method of providing donations is using the online method through the official OPM CFC donation website: https://cfcgiving.opm.gov. Charity codes can be searched through the website. This web site can even be easily accessed through your smartphone or computer. Donors need to set up an account with username and password. The remaining steps are intuitive to complete.
For units with members that don’t have computer access, the tried and true method of distributing, filling out, collecting and turning in the paper pledge forms is the option. One-time contributions (check only) and payroll deductions can be accomplished through the paper pledge forms. The Unit CFC Coordinators will be handling the paper pledge forms and one-time check contributions.
There are a few major changes to this year’s campaign. The first big change is cash will no longer be accepted. A one-time contribution can be done either by check on the paper pledge or credit card for the online method. The second big change is that a charity has to be selected for all pledges. Undesignated pledges will no longer be accepted.
Please 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, 2018.
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.
To learn more, see your unit’s CFC coordinator or contact the installation CFC program by calling 706-545-1670.
One person might not change the world, but you can change the world for one person. Donate to a charity today.
To learn more, to explore charities or to make a pledge, visit https://cfcgiving.opm.gov.
For more on CFC at Fort Benning, visit https://benningnews.org/2017/10/26/cfc-open-2017.