DOD Raises Nearly $16 Million in CFC Contributions
By Army Sgt. 1st Class Tyrone C. Marshall Jr.
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, Feb. 17, 2012 The Defense Department raised nearly $16 million in contributions during the 2011 Combined Federal Campaign, marking its fifth consecutive year raising more than $15 million, Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter said today.
“With almost $16 million raised, we have again surpassed this year’s fundraising amount,” Carter said. “This is DOD’s eighth consecutive record-setting year; our fifth year in a row we’ve raised over $15 million -- no small accomplishment.”
Carter spoke during the 2011 DOD CFC Awards for the National Capital Region to celebrate the department’s “impressive contributions to the Combined Federal Campaign.” It also was the campaign’s 50th anniversary.
“Working at this department signifies the devotion all of you have to public service and I think of our contributions to the Combined Federal Campaign as an extension of that devotion,” he said. “It’s a reflection of that devotion that underscores just how committed each of you are to bettering our nation and our world.
“So it’s not surprising that we do so well in the Combined Federal Campaign in this department because it’s the kind of people who make it up,” he added.
Carter praised DOD employees for their substantial contributions during a period of fiscal austerity.
“The individual contributions you make have a huge collective impact even during difficult times for individuals and families, and I know many of you face them. This commitment in our department continues to be truly remarkable,” he said.
“From the earthquake and tsunami in Japan [to] the deadly outbreak of tornados in the American South and Midwest,” he said, “[to] the continued uncertainty and turmoil in the global economy, the past year reminds us of just how important it is to extend a helping hand to others.”
The deputy secretary referred to volunteerism as a part of the “fabric of our society.”
“Our commitment to each other through charity and service is one of the things that keep this country great,” Carter said. “Every year those that contribute to the CFC astound us with their personal dedication to philanthropy.”
Carter said CFC contributions go to more than 4,000 charities and impact the lives of tens of thousands of people domestically and overseas.
“What you give extends access to medicine and medical care to some of the most impoverished parts of the world,” he said. “What you give fights hunger from poverty with technological advances and agricultural education.”
Carter noted contributions also provide emergency relief to disaster-stricken areas and promote women’s health, freedom and dignity.
“Thanks to you, once again, these organizations and charities will benefit from another record-setting year of generosity,” he said.