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Web Sites Point Donors to CFC-Affiliated Organizations

By Gerry J. Gilmore
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Oct. 11, 2001 – Military members and DoD civilians who desire to contribute to this year's Combined Federal Campaign can locate appropriate charitable organizations with the click of a computer mouse.

The day after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the New York World Trade Center and the Pentagon, the Office of Personnel Management authorized a special fundraising solicitation in addition to and separate from the CFC.

This allows federal employees a one-time voluntary opportunity to contribute financially to disaster relief efforts immediately by check or cash only.

On Sept. 19, David O. Cooke, Defense Department director for administration and management, sent a memo (http://persec.whs.mil/cfc.doc) to senior DoD military and civilian leaders titled: "Combined Federal Campaign and Special Disaster Relief Fundraising."

Cooke remarked it is "important to note that almost all organizations involved in the special relief effort are also part of the CFC, wherein a payroll deduction option is available."

DoD kicked off its National Capital Area CFC campaign Oct. 2 at a Pentagon ceremony.

Historically, payroll deductions account for 90 percent of DoD contributions to the CFC and have tended to be four times larger than cash and check donations, Cooke noted in the memo.

"The ever-growing need for assistance that many CFC charitable organizations provide underscores the value of contributions via payroll deduction," he wrote.

Officials note that a partial list of local disaster relief organizations and addresses may be obtained on the National Capital Area CFC Web site at http://www.cfcnca.org. The area Catalog of Caring is also available online at www.cfcnca.org, in addition to the hard copy of the catalog provided to every employee in our campaign.

Listings of national organizations and addresses assisting at the three terror attack disaster sites can be accessed on the OPM CFC Web site at www.opm.gov/cfc. Alternatively, prospective donors also can use the American Liberty Partnership Web site at www.libertyunites.org/.

Cooke said disaster relief organizations also welcome other forms of assistance in addition to financial aid.

"Whether contributing directly to the CFC, to the special disaster fundraising effort, or to both, thank you for providing help in any form to the victims of the recent disaster," he remarked.

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