The Combined Federal Campaign: In The Making
Vol.6 Issue 7
Combined Federal Campaign

With the Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center’s (MMAC) Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) kickoff quickly approaching, planning and national training has already begun. The mission of the CFC is to promote and support philanthropy through a program that is employee focused, cost-efficient, and effective in providing all federal employees with the opportunity to improve the quality of life for all.

CFC is the world’s largest and most successful annual workplace charity campaign, with almost 200 CFC campaigns throughout the country and overseas raising millions of dollars each year. Pledges made by Federal civilian, postal and military donors during the campaign season will support eligible non-profit organizations that provide health and human service benefits throughout the world. Fundraising for charitable organizations in the Federal workplace can be traced back to the late-1940’s.

This year’s campaign has three co-chairs; Debbie Uglean (AMC-3), Cynde Starnes (AMK-20), and Sarah Musler (TSI). To date, 46 MMAC employees have stepped up to volunteer to work as coordinators and keyworkers, and there is always room for more. "Running a campaign during a global health crisis has opened doors and presented opportunities that our campaigns have not seen before," says CFC Co-Chair, Debbie Uglean. Because a large percentage of the Center’s workforce remains in telework status, this campaign will be primarily virtual. Those employees that remain working on the Center will have access to Charity Lists and Pledge Forms, and will see CFC Posters and Tent Cards in their common areas. Nothing has changed from last year’s online CFC pledge and resource site except that now organizations will have their individual identification codes loaded.

Coordinators and Keyworkers will begin training sessions next week and the Center’s Kick Off will be held on October 7th (watch for more details on this soon). This year’s campaign will run from October 5th through December 18th and the Center’s goal for 2020 is $240,000. However, we have a realistic, ambitious stretch goal of $250,000.

Be the Face of Change!

There are many virtual campaign event ideas that can build CFC awareness and/or become fundraising events such as cooking lessons, talent shows, workout classes, concerts, photo contests, funniest home video contests, just to name a few. Because we are working in a virtual environment, we can now incorporate our pets, families, and hobbies into events if we want, which adds a whole new element to the campaign. This will add a warmer and more personal quality to our events. Going virtual also means that now there is no set limit to virtual charity fairs and speakers, as in the past when we were limited in doing this due to Center access and space. Going virtual opens the door for greater creativity and broader participation. By thinking creatively, imagine who can be engaged in a virtual event that you might not have thought about when otherwise holding an event in-person.

Watch for more information from the Center Coordinators and Keyworkers soon. In these uncertain times, our community is now more important than ever before, and our community’s charities need our help. Let’s be the face of change!

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