The Tuesday after Thanksgiving is recognized as Giving Tuesday in more than 150 countries. Founded in 2012 by a NYC social impact organization, the campaign kicks off the charitable season as thoughts turn from giving thanks to giving support to causes around the world.
One of the most significant ways that District residents give is through the Combined Federal Campaign of the National Capital Area (CFCNCA).
The CFC is one of the world’s largest and most successful annual workplace charity campaigns, with 36 CFC zones throughout the country and overseas raising millions of dollars each year. The funds raised each fall through the campaign help neighbors in need around the corner, across the nation, and throughout the world.
The CFCNCA is the local campaign for federal employees and retirees in the Washington Metropolitan Area and surrounding regions, and is the largest CFC in the country. Last year, the CFCNCA raised more than $38.7 million and more than 50,000 volunteer hours for thousands of participating local, national, and international charities. This year, the campaign goes until Jan. 11, 2019.
Federal employees can Show Some Love to causes they care about by choosing to give financial support or they can Show You Care by pledging volunteer hours. “The Show You Care messaging is an exciting new addition to the campaign and emphasizes the importance of volunteering to federal employees,” said Vince Micone, Chairperson of the Local Federal Coordinating Committee that oversees the CFCNCA.
Federal employees can contribute by donating financially or by volunteering time to participating charities. Employees in the National Capital Area can give online at www.cfcnca.org or by a paper pledge form. Donors may choose a one-time gift or payroll deduction that allows them to contribute funds each pay period. Giving time and money to multiple charities can be done in one easy process.
Federal retirees can now also pledge monetary gifts through their annuity. “This is a recent addition to the program and is being welcomed by retirees who contributed through the CFC during their government careers,” said Micone.
Contributors can be assured that the funds they are donating are going to the organizations and people they want to support. All CFC charities have been vetted and approved through a secure online system. Donated funds are unrestricted, and charities depend on these funds to have an impact on the communities they serve.
Federal employees or retirees who wish to donate or learn more about the campaign should visit www.cfcnca.org. Connect with the campaign on social media via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.