Fundraisers, fun and more mean CFC
has kicked into high gear for 2014
The Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) is the annual workplace charitable giving campaign for the Department of Defense (DoD) and Federal workforce. Contributions support eligible non-profit organizations that provide health and human welfare benefits. Since its inception in 1961, DoD and Federal employees have contributed more than $7 billion through CFC.
This year’s campaign saw the return of the Charity Fair and Campaign Kickoff on Oct. 8 at Wright State University’s Nutter Center. More than 900 attended the event that featured food and fun along with a chance to learn and collect information from 138 charities exhibiting on the Nutter Center concourse. Meanwhile, there was a flash mob dance, a lip sync performance and a chance to win prizes in a ‘minute to win it’ competition on the main floor.
(The photo is from the AFIT Burger Burn on Oct. 1)
Community partners JTM Food Group provided a picnic-style lunch while Mike-sell’s Potato Chip Co. also contributed to the meal. Other sponsors of the event included Wright State University’s Nutter Center, DJ Billy T, the Wright-Patterson Junior Force Council (WPJFC), Spark Space Creative LLC, Tim Horton’s and Starbucks.
Last year, CFC was adversely impacted by government furloughs, a government shutdown and the cancelling of many key events and, therefore, organizers have spent many hours trying to refresh this year’s campaign through new events, extended marketing efforts and additional senior leadership presence.
This year’s campaign began on Wednesday, Oct. 1 and will run through Friday, Nov. 14. Campaign events started on Oct. 1 with a Burger Burn hosted by Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) at the AFIT pavilion, followed by a motorcycle ride, a car show and National Air and Space Intelligence Center's (NASIC) kickoff on Oct. 3 that featured three charities and other events.
(The photo is from the MVCFC Fundraiser Motorcycle Ride on Oct. 2.)
More cars than expected turned out for the first charity cruise-in that was open to all models of cars, trucks and motorcycles on Oct. 2 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the parking lot opposite the Air Force museum annex along C Street in Area B at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.
Hosted by the Association of Old Crows, Kittyhawk Chapter, with support from the WPJFC and the Association of Graduates of the United States Air Force Academy, the cruise-in featured more than 75 cars - some classics, some flashbacks from the 80's, some military and some just really cool.
The event included a 50/50 drawing, scavenger hunt and food trucks with proceeds benefiting the 2014 Miami Valley Combined Federal Campaign (MVCFC). The second week of the campaign included the charity fair, a basketball shoot hosted by the WPJFC at the Wright Field Fitness Center, a CFC golf outing at Prairie Trace and a volleyball tournament hosted by NASIC. The 2014 Pumpkin Chuck was bigger and better than in past years and took place on Oct. 17. Food trucks, big and little chuckers, a pie-eating and pie-baking contest were just a few highlights of the event.
(photos coming soon!)
To view photos from events so far click 2014 photos tab under the “Success” button on this website.
Organizations have found exciting ways to make money through penny wars, bowling, sporting events, charity fairs, special lunches, chili cook-offs, scavenger hunts and other games. We will continue to post photos from events as the campaign continues.
(The photo is of "Herbie" from this year's first CFC charity cruise-in)
JUST A NOTE: Miami Valley CFC is the local charitable giving campaign in an 11-county region including Champaign, Clark, Clinton, Darke, Fayette, Greene, Miami, Montgomery, Preble, Shelby and Warren counties in Ohio. The local Federal workforce has contributed more than $88 million through Miami Valley CFC since its inception. Nearly 28,000 Federal government employees work in Miami Valley CFC’s 11-county region.
Giving back through the annual campaign is the best, most efficient way for Federal employees to improve lives, strengthen communities and encourage change...a solid investment!
The decision to participate and the amount of one's gift are up to each individual. There are tens of thousands of reasons to give through the CFC...each one has a name and a face.
This year's CFC theme is 'Making a Difference Together' and by doing just that the campaign hopes to bring in a goal of $2,310,000. New in 2014 is universal giving, introduced by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. Through universal giving, donors can direct their pledges to any CFC-approved charity regardless of duty location or charity location.
For instance, a donor can designate his/her pledge to a CFC-approved charity in his/her hometown. The pledge counts where it is made. The entire list of CFC-approved charities can be found on this website by clicking Search Charities. Even though the campaign comes to a close Nov. 14, e-pledges will still be accepted through Dec. 15. Payroll deductions will be made from January through December of 2015.
(The photo is of this year's lip sync winners.The event took place during the kickoff, Oct. 8 at the Nutter Center.)