October 20, 2014 --
Combat Center holds CFC Kickoff Breakfast
By Pfc. Thomas Mudd
TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. - The Combined Federal Campaign Kickoff Breakfast was held at the Officers’ Club, Oct. 15, 2014.
The CFC was put into effect in 1961 when President John F. Kennedy signed the fundraiser into law as an executive order. Every year the campaign starts on Sept. 1 and ends on Dec. 15.
It offers a time for charities to receive funding from the government and service members through the specialized campaign, according to Craig Smith, Southern California campaign manager.
This year the CFC is pushing for online donations through http://www.socalcfc.org/_root/index.php?main_menu_id=1&content_id=5079.
“We are highlighting online giving,” Smith said. “Service members can give through MyPay or you can go to the local CFC website and give.”
Federal employees can donate to more than 4,400 charities that have registered to be a part of the campaign. Though the annual campaign lasts two and a half months some units choose to utilize only a portion of the time to collect donations.
“A lot of commands only allow a two or three-week window to conduct their campaigns, depending on the size of their unit,” Smith said. “That works well [for military units].”
The Southern California campaign has an overall goal to reach $5 million. The goal of the Combat Center is to give everyone the chance to donate.
“We had the same goal last year, but because of the government shutdown and lost workdays, we only got to $4.75 million,” Smith said. “The only goal we ask the commands to set is one-hundred percent contact to give everyone the opportunity to make a CFC pledge.”
Donating to the CFC allows service members to give to organizations of their choice or discover new charities supported through the campaign.
“Donating is a good way to give back to America,” said Staff Sgt. Z.B. Stokes, radio chief, 3rd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion. “I have seen people give thousands of dollars to these charities.”
The CFC has been fundraising for charities of all types for 53 years. This year, the campaign has aimed to achieve one-hundred percent contact alongside their goal of $50 million in donations.
For more information on the CFC or how to donate, please call, 858-636-4117.