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The Power of Compassionate Giving

by Shannon Cameron, Center for Veterinary Medicine, FDA

On October 18, 2010, FDA held the Combined Federal Campaign kick-off event at the agency’s headquarters in White Oak, Md. Joanne Kla, from CVM’s Office of the Director (OD) and FDA’s campaign manager, coordinated the event. The 2010 campaign theme is “The Compassion of Individuals, the Power of Community.” With pledges coming in each day, the campaign is in full swing. As of December 13, 2010, FDA has received pledges of $1,151,843.05, which is 88.6 percent of it’s goal.

The Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) is the nation’s leading fund-raising program. Each fall, federal employees and military personnel conduct the campaign in the workplace. President John F. Kennedy started the CFC for federal workers in 1961. Since then, the campaign has benefited thousands of charities. The CFC is a way for every employee to give back to the community in a meaningful and cost-effective way. Out of all government and non-government annual employee-giving programs, the CFC is the largest and raises the most money for charity.

In 2009, federal workers and military personnel in the Washington, D.C. area raised $66.5 million for charities through the Combined Federal Campaign. Of that $66.5 million, FDA raised $1,431,211.98. This was 119 percent of the agency’s goal and a 14 percent increase over 2008. The contributions by 6748 full-time FDA employees represented a significant portion of the overall contribution of $5,643,682 by Department of Health & Human Services employees in the Washington, D.C. area.

For federal employees and military personnel who haven't made a CFC pledge yet, there’s still time. Talk to a CFC Key Worker and visit www.cfcnca.orgdisclaimer icon for the searchable “Catalog of Caring,” which contains information about the charities taking part in the 2010 campaign.