Combined Fed Campaign calls on feds to support “Giving Tuesday” & IVD

Fall is the high season for the Combined Federal Campaign—the “most inclusive workplace giving campaign in the world,” as the campaign’s website aptly puts it.

With over 8,000 nonprofit charitable organizations participating in CFC, fed giving within it ranges, as the site notes, from “nascent community groups to large, well-known charities.”

And so it is that CFC—the roots of which can be traced to the 1950s and the Eisenhower administration—continues decades later to be an incredibly wide-ranging, inclusive and effective program for raising funds for charities.

Yet what most feds might not know is that CFC is not just about raising money—but also pledges of volunteer time.

And a key moment in the campaign—which runs from September into January—is upon us: “Giving Tuesday,” Nov. 27.

Giving Tuesday comes just after Thanksgiving. It’s a kind of an antidote for Black Friday and Cyber Monday—days of rampant consuming. Instead, it’s day of focused giving.

“Fueled by social media, #GivingTuesday is celebrated as an annual day of giving on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving,” CFC for the National Capital Area said in a statement on its website. “Last year $1.8 million dollars was raised on #GivingTuesday through the CFCNCA. This year the campaign is aiming for $2 million in pledges on this single day and is asking the federal community to get involved in [multiple ways].”

The group suggests that feds “Join the giving movement by following along with #GivingTuesday on social media,” and by pressing agencies to publicize and post about the campaign using #ShowSomeLoveCFC. CFCNCA also encourages every fed to wear green on Giving Tuesday, to choose a cause and communicate why you are “passionate about that issue,” to talk about and update others about Giving Tuesday at meetings and, of course, to give and encourage others to give—money and time—at cfcna.org.

“With the campaign in full swing, we are ramping up our efforts around Giving Tuesday and International Volunteer Day to kick off the holiday giving season,” said Vince Micone, who chairs the local Federal Coordinating Committee that oversees the CFCNCA. “There is a lot of momentum in the campaign this year and we are encouraging the federal community to rally around these two days to help make the largest collective impact possible for the thousands of participating charities doing critical work here at home and around the world.”

“Most federal employees know you can make a donation to your favorite causes through the CFC, but what you may not know is that you can also make a pledge to volunteer with your favorite charities through the program,” Micone, who is also a longtime DHS official, stated in a recently-published opinion piece. “That’s why this year, you are encouraged to Show You Care by pledging volunteer time—especially on International Volunteer Day on Dec. 5th.”

The CFC and Micone are increasingly tying the annual federal workforce giving effort to the venerable International Volunteer Day.

As noted, CFC has deep roots. But so too does IVD—which got its official launch back in 1985, when the United Nations agreed to designate a specific day to promote and honor worldwide volunteer efforts, to better communities and help others all over the world.

“[IVD] is viewed as a unique chance for volunteers and organizations to celebrate their efforts, to share their values, and to promote their work among their communities, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), United Nations agencies, government authorities and the private sector,” a UN statement on IVD notes. “Apart from mobilizing thousands of volunteers every year, the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) program contributes to peace and development by advocating for the recognition of volunteers and working with partners to integrate volunteerism into development programming.”

With such similarly-aligned goals, CFC has embraced IVD and the concept behind it.

“In each of the 36 CFC areas throughout the country, local and national nonprofit organizations collaborate closely with committees of volunteer Federal employees to design marketing strategies for the campaign and to process the receipt and distribution of Federal employee contributions to the charities they choose.”

As you allocate your giving for this CFC, don’t just make a monetary donation, but also move forward with donating just a bit of your time. It’s yet another way to make a big difference in your world—and touch others who can so clearly benefit.

Federal employees and retirees located outside the CFCNCA can look up and donate to their local campaign at cfcgiving.opm.gov.

 

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