Wolf Pack kicks off 2015 CFC-O

by Master Sgt. David Miller, 8th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
Kunsan Air Base

KUNSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea -- There are many causes around the world that depend on charitable contributions. The theme of the 2015 Combined Federal Campaign-Overseas is "give because you care." This theme underscores the importance of passion in charitable giving.

Starting Sept. 21 through Nov. 20, military members serving in one of the five overseas combatant commands have the option to support the CFC-O and donate to organizations or charities of their choice.

The Wolf Pack's 2015 goals are to make 100 percent contact with base personnel and have approximately 500 of those contacted make a contribution.

"The CFC is a good way to give back to organizations you are interested in. The books we have list over 2,500 charities and there are up to 25,000 charities online," said Master Sgt. James Gray, 8th Civil Engineer Squadron, engineering flight superintendent and the 8th CES CFC-O unit coordinator. "Donations can be done through payroll deduction, a cash donation or online and seals of distinction will be added to the traditional unit award plaques for units achieving a 50 percent or higher online giving ratio."

Online giving is an efficient and effective way to give charitable dollars because it lowers campaign costs while reducing processing errors.

According to CFC-O project organizers, if Airmen do not want to give to a specific charity but want to donate to their installation's Family Support and Youth Program, they can do what is called an "undesignated" contribution.

By completing the pledge card without designating any specific charity, the contribution is returned to the installation of origin shortly before the start of the following year's campaign.

"The CFC includes thousands of charities that depend upon support from contributors like you to help those in need at home and around the world," Secretary of Defense Ash Carter said in a statement released earlier this year. "No matter what you are passionate about, there is a charity for you. Our collective contributions will help develop cures for diseases, rehabilitate wounded warriors, feed the hungry, house those displaced by natural disasters and much more."

The CFC-O is the only approved charity drive for federal employees. It was established as an executive order in 1961, and all contributions are voluntary. In 2014, the campaign raised $8.2 million in donations received from military and civilian personnel.

Defense leaders have already made pledges ranging from $7,000 to $2.5 million per organization, including the Air Force, which pledged $1.2 million, the Army, which pledged $1.3 million, and the Marines and Navy together pledged $2.5 million.

Contributors can donate using the paper pledge card, payroll allotment or online at https://my.cfcoverseas.org.  For more information, contact your unit's CFC-O representative.

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