Combined Federal Campaign leaders and donors celebrate phenomenal $1.69 million fundraising total

Peggy Sue Unander shares the results of the CFC campaign this year.

One of United Way’s top 5 fundraising campaigns each year is the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) which raises contributions from civilian and military federal employees.

The CFC celebrated another victorious campaign with a breakfast meeting at the Holiday Inn at the University of Memphis Wednesday. The CFC announced a total of $1,695,402 raised for nonprofits in its most recent campaign.

The CFC promotes and supports philanthropy through employee-focused, cost-efficient and effective programs, giving all federal employees an opportunity to improve the quality of life for Mid-Southerners and people across the globe. The celebration was hosted by Jose Cruz (Navy, Retired). Cruz is a past CFC Loaned Executive.

(From left) Jose Cruz, Kim McNeil, Walt Clark and Milton Todd

“I became a Loaned Executive with the CFC two years ago,” Cruz said. “I am still at it. Your donations truly help. Whether it’s helping a big agency like Youth Villages or helping smaller groups like Alpha Omega, you are helping people in the community. Thank you for doing that.”

Peggy Sue Unander, site coordinator for the Internal Revenue Service, broke down the phenomenal campaign numbers.  The top 10 givers for the 2011-12 campaign included The Army Corps of Engineers Finance Office, TVA Alan Fossil Plant, Army Corps of Engineers Memphis, TVA Community Pledge, USPS Customer Service, USPS Network Distribution Center, USPS Processing and Distribution Center, Navy Personnel Command, VA Medical Center and Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

“It’s really nice and comforting to know there are people in place who can get the job done with good leadership and bring in these fabulous results,” Unander said.

Eagle Club contributors ($500 or more a year) set the pace for the campaign. Over the last 6 years, despite economic challenges, membership in the Eagle Club has grown. This year there were 1470 Eagle Club members who gave 69% of the total amount raised in the campaign.

“What impresses me most is that the lower-graded employees have been the pillar of many of our giving and contribution efforts. It speaks to how far money can go when it is given for a cause bigger than itself. It touches my heart,” Unander said.

Faye Carter, Senior Vice President of Fundraising for United Way gave encouraging words to the CFC crowd. She talked about the history of the CFC campaign, which began in the 1940s under President Eisenhower. In the 1960s, President Kennedy authorized the Civil Service Commission to regulate fundraising on the federal level. The CFC campaigns have been in existence nearly as long as the United Way campaigns.

“The CFC is the most inclusive workplace giving campaign in the world,” Carter said. “Almost $1.7 million dollars is a lot of funds going to make life better for people here in our community and around the world. We don’t talk enough about the good things happening in our community. There is a lot of generosity in our city, and we see that as this CFC total ranks in top 50 CFC campaigns in the country.”

Campaign leaders  from the LFCC (Local Federal Coordinating Committee) help steer local CFC efforts. The LFCC members are: Carol Chapman (IRS Field Director and LFCC chair), Rear Admiral Don Quinn (Navy Personnel Command), Capt  Stephen Fimple (Military Navy Command), Mike Baker (Civilian Chair FAA), Lieutenant Colonel Craig Hamilton (U.S. Army Corp of Engineers), James Rogers (USPS), David Jones (USPS), and Chris Alexander (USPS).

The meeting also recognized CFC Loaned Executives Walt Clark (Navy, Retired), Lou Langley (Internal Revenue Service), Chief Jose Cruz (Navy, Retired), Karen Brady (Army Corp of Engineers), Tasha Stewart (USPS), Joyce Oliver and Vicki Churchville.

The 2012 Combined Federal Campaign begins Thursday, September 13th. For more information, visit www.cfcmidsouth.org or Facebook at http://on.fb.me/cfcmidsouth

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