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CFC-O kicks off 50th year of helping people in need Oct. 3

Posted 9/29/2011   Updated 9/29/2011 Email story   Print story


by Staff Sgt. Justin Weaver
31st Fighter Wing Public Affairs

9/29/2011 - AVIANO AIR BASE, Italy -- The opportunity to make a world of difference begins as the Combined Federal Campaign-Overseas kickoff event at 1:30 p.m. Oct. 3 in the BX foyer.

The CFC-O, which ends Dec. 2, is the annual workplace-giving campaign for the five overseas combatant commands. The opening ceremony will feature opening remarks by Brig. Gen. Scott Zobrist, 31st Fighter Wing commander, as well as free give-aways, cake and an opportunity to donate to the campaign.

"The CFC is the only opportunity for charity organizations to solicit federal employees at their workplace," said Capt. Jose Garcia, 31st Security Forces Squadron and CFC-O project lead. "What this does is it allows federal employees to donate to the charity of their choice in an easily accessible and streamlined manner. Additionally, by consolidating all the charity solicitations into one event, it significantly cuts down marketing, processing, and overhead costs for the individual charities, which allows a greater percentage of donated funds to directly benefit those in need."

Aviano's local CFC-O goal aimsa to raise $215,000 during this year's campaign. The CFC-O, managed by Global Impact, has raised more than $140 million during the past decade, with nearly $14 million going to humanitarian causes last year alone.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the campaign, founded in 1961 by President John F. Kennedy. The generosity of DoD uniformed and civilian personnel serving throughout the five overseas combatant commands makes the CFC-O one of the most successful charitable workplace giving campaigns in the world.

Contributors also have the option to give to the overseas military community through the Family Support and Youth Program fund. FSYP donations are returned to overseas military installations to support quality of life programs for uniformed service members, federal civilians and their families.

"There are two ways to ensure donated money directly benefits Aviano through the FSYP," said Garcia. "The first is by donating directly to the Aviano FSYP by selecting FSYP on the CFC donation slip. By choosing this route, 100 percent of contributions are routed back to Aviano with no deductions for CFC overhead. The secondary method is to make an undesignated contribution; meaning you donate to CFC but do not allocate the money for any particular charity or program. This money is then pooled with the undesignated donations from all the other bases in USAFE and primarily used for CFC campaign overhead but a percentage is also returned to the bases via the FSYP. Last year, Aviano received $7,018 from the FSYP."

The CFC-O offers an opportunity to touch lives of people in military communities, across the nation and around the world. With more than 2,400 charities from which to choose, contributors can find and support causes that have personal significance.

Contributors can go to www.cfcoverseas.org to complete a paperless contribution via credit card, debit card or e-check. Donations can also be made via payroll allotment, cash or check on a paper Pledge Card. For more information, visit www.cfcoverseas.org or click here to contact local CFC-O Unit Representatives.

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