After several years of trying, the Preeclampsia Foundation was recently notified that it has finally been accepted in to the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC).
As anyone familiar with the CFC knows, the application and review process for acceptance as a CFC charity is rigorous. Among other things, to be part of the national campaign, each charity must prove that it actually does have a national presence. As always, our Preeclampsia Foundation volunteers came through with data, facts, and figures that enabled staff to complete the application in timely fashion and make the cut!
For those who may be unfamiliar with the CFC, it is the only authorized fundraising entity for federal government employees, including postal employees and military personnel. It enables all federal employees to easily donate money to the charity organizations of their choice. CFC’s mission is to promote and support philanthropy through a program that is employee focused, cost-efficient, and effective in providing all federal employees the opportunity to improve the quality of life for all. The inclusion of the Preeclampsia Foundation is exciting because it opens a potential funding stream that previously had not been available.
This year’s campaign will kick off on September 1 and run through December 15. When asked about how PF members can get involved, Tom Viall, PF Executive Director said, “Obviously, if you work for the Federal government, we hope you will commit to supporting the Foundation by designating your contribution to CFC Donor Code 99819.” He continued, “if you know someone who works for the ‘Feds,’ please don’t be shy about giving them information about PF (send them to our website or get some brochures) and ask if they would consider designating a contribution to CFC Donor Code 99819.”
The Federal Office of Personnel Management (OPM) administers the CFC which they describe as the world’s largest workplace charity drive. In 2005, the campaign raised $268.5 million. Since its inception in 1961, the federal community has donated more than $5.75 billion to the CFC. Employees and military personnel in the National Capital Area CFC, the largest local campaign, made pledges totaling more than $60 million, an increase of more than $2.4 million over the previous year.
Viall added, “It may take some time for the Foundation to build a following within the campaign, but…this can be big! Oh, did I mention that our CFC Donor Code is 99819?”