Claiming 100% Credit

Posted on August 18, 2008. Filed under: Customer Service, Fundraising, Leadership, Non-profits |

CFC Treasures, August 18 post

This story was in the Washington Business Journal and the reason for putting it on the CFC Treasures blog is to highlight the issue of the United Way claiming credit for monies raised through the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC). There are 277 regional CFCs and in many regions the local United Way is the contractor to the government that manages the CFC campaign and disburses the funds to the non-profits once the solicitation period ends and the disbursement period begins.

If the United Way is the campaign management contractor for a particular CFC campaign, they are entitled to some credit, but what galls many is that they do often do not even mention the CFC. This is analogous to Michael Phelp’s Olympic swimming coach claiming all the credit for the gold medals and never even mentioning the one doing the actual work.

Chuck Anderson resigns from local United Way
Washington Business Journal – by Jonathan O’Connell Staff Reporter

Chuck Anderson is leaving his post as chief executive of the United Way of the National Capital Area, opting to take a job with the organization’s national headquarters.
Anderson will serve as a senior consultant on system design for the United Way of America in Alexandria.

Angela Woods, chief operating officer of the local office, will serve as the interim CEO of the United Way of the National Capital Area. Anderson said in a statement that he was leaving with mixed emotions. “I leave with the confidence that I have made a difference and that I have helped lead this organization through a difficult time,” he said. “The present is stronger and the future is brighter for the United Way of the National Capital Area. I am looking forward to joining the [United Way of America] team and furthering my career with the agency.”

The United Way of the National Capital Area serves Arlington, Fairfax, Prince William, Loudoun, Montgomery and Prince George’s counties, and the cities of Alexandria and D.C.
Anderson joined the United Way of National Capital Area in 2003, arriving from a similar post in Delaware. Anderson’s predecessor, Norman Taylor resigned amid questions of financial mismanagement at the nonprofit 2002. Oral Suer, who held the position before Taylor, eventually pleaded guilty in the spring of 2004 to stealing $500,000 from the group.

In his five years at the helm, Anderson sought to turn around the organization’s management, image and ability to raise money. He reworked the board, hired a new chief financial officer and sold more than $15 million of real estate he deemed unneeded. But returning confidence to donors proved more difficult. Though Anderson experimented with administrative changes aimed at drawing more large individual gifts, a step away from the organization’s traditional reliance on workplace giving, the organization’s annual revenue bounced between $35 million and $39 million from fiscal years 2003-2007, a far cry from the $93 million the chapter raised pre-scandal, in 2002.

In a statement, Lynnwood Campbell, the national capital region’s board chair, said Anderson “has served us well and helped us regain our footing in an increasingly competitive environment. He is a national expert in the field of workplace giving and he has served our region and the United Way program in an exemplary fashion. We will miss him and we wish him well.”

READER COMMENTS
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Bill Huddleston August 14, 2008 11:37AM EST
Chuck Anderson has done a fine job at the National Capital Area United Way.

The information comparing the pre-2002 levels to the current levels is incomplete. Prior to 2002, the United Way NCA ran two campaigns in the National Capital area – one is the United Way campaign which exists in private businesses and some state or local govt agencies. The other program that the United Way ran AS A CONTRACTOR to the government, is the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC). The CFC is a completely separate campaign and the oversight of the campaign within the Federal govt. is with the Office of Personnel Management.

The United Way would report CFC results as part of its overall totals. The 2001 campaign was one where the CFC raised $50 million, and the United Way raised 43 million for a total of $93 million.

The NCA United Way did not bid to be the contractor for the 2002 CFC campaign. Since 2002, the contractor that has won the CFC bid each year has been Global Impact.

The totals for the campaigns that Global Impact has been the contractor for are:

2002 – $47 million
2003 – 50 million
2004 – 55 million
2005 – 57 million
2006 – 59 million
2007 – 60 million

The point is that for comparison’s sake, the accurate number to use is 43 million ($93M – the CFC $50 million) not $93 million.

Due to the lingering effects of the UW scandal, plus companies having many more workplace giving options (America’s Charities, other workplace giving management options, etc.) the NCA UW has not come back to its’ pre scandal $43 million dollar level, but it is unfair to use $93 million as the comparison.

Regards,
Bill Huddleston, CFC Expert
http://www.cfcfundraising.com
BillHuddleston@verizon.net

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what a great site and informative posts, I will add a backlink and bookmark your site. Keep up the good work!

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