News | Oct. 21, 2021

DLA kicks off 2021 CFC campaign with $300,000 goal

By Beth Reece

The 2021 Combined Federal Campaign is underway at Defense Logistics Agency Headquarters with a goal of $300,000 in monetary contributions. 

That’s $40,000 more than the 2020 goal, which employees exceeded by 17%.

DLA Director Navy Vice Adm. Michelle Skubic challenged employees during the Oct. 21 kickoff at the McNamara Headquarters Complex to become changemakers by giving a one-time or recurring donation. They can also support their favorite cause by donating volunteer hours. Federal employees gave over 86,000 hours of volunteer service last year. 

Charities receive most of their funding through individual gifts, corporate gifts and government grants, said Curtis Rumbaugh, CFC campaign manager for the national capital area and guest speaker at the event. 

“If we were a foundation or a corporation, federal employees would be the 5th largest giving body in the world,” he said. “That’s all the more impressive given the fact that none of us are getting wealthy through our civil service.”

In celebration of CFC’s 60th anniversary – DLA is also celebrating its 60th birthday – Rumbaugh asked employees to “do 60 or give 60” by donating $60 or 60 hours of time. Most of the 20,000-plus charities supported by CFC have volunteer opportunities, some of them virtual. 

“Consider volunteering as an office. You could spend a lunch hour visiting a veterans’ retirement home and providing them some company. You could be putting together care packages for the troops, or you could be making bedding for cats and dogs at animal shelters,” he said. “It’s a great way to give back and get to know each other.”

Skubic reminded employees that their compassion can make a powerful difference in others’ lives. 

CFC is the world’s largest, most successful workplace charity campaign. Donors can support causes ranging from homeless veterans and endangered species to cancer research. Since it began in 1961, federal employees have raised over $8.5 billion. 

Employees can donate by credit card or payroll deduction on a one-time or recurring basis at GiveCFC.org or the CFC Giving Mobile App on their cell phone. Both options are secure and allow users to search for specific charities or view a list of organizations that support specific categories by location. A hand icon appears next to charities needing volunteers.

Each week throughout the campaign will be dedicated to raising awareness for causes like ending hunger, environmental protection and human rights. For more information, go to GiveCFC.org or contact a keyworker in your directorate.