Great Example of CFC Fundraising Appeal

Posted on November 4, 2009. Filed under: Combined Federal Campaign - CFC, Fundraising, Leadership, Non-profits |

One question I’m asked a lot by non-profit professionals is “How exactly does the CFC work?” Part of the answer can be found in the letter below, that is from the CFC lead for a combined military installation command in southern New Jersey.

This CFC appeal is from the Joint Base, McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst newspaper, located in Southern New Jersey (McGuire AFB, Fort Dix, and Lakehurst Naval Air Station).

The Air Force major who wrote this letter presents a great example of the type of appeals that potential donors in the Combined Federal Campaign see each year. She has a personal story about the impact of CFC donors’ gifts, (to children in Iraq) but that no specific charities are identified (which would be against CFC regulations). Some of the typical objections are addressed, and Federal public servants, including both uniformed and civilians are encouraged to donate to CFC charities that have missions dealing with issues that are important to the donor.

Pledge to the CFC, make a difference

by Maj. Karen Cosgrove
Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst Combined Federal Campaign Lead

11/3/2009 – JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, N.J. — Some givers may never see the impact their donations to the Combined Federal Campaign make in the lives of others.

I have.

Armed with the generosity of CFC donors, my fellow deployed Airmen and I had the ability to make a real difference in the lives of Iraqi children from the rural farms surrounding Balad Air Base.

One of over 2,500 organizations associated with the CFC provided us with the many gifts we delivered to those children.

I will never forget the look on the children’s faces when we handed them a soccer ball or a backpack or a pair of shoes…items we take for granted. This is a prime example of the true worth of donations to CFC organizations

Many do not realize how many options are available when pledging to the campaign. The CFC supports a wide variety of charitable organizations and worthy causes.

Does someone in your family suffer from an illness? Consider donating to an organization dedicated to medical research and development. Are you a pet lover? Check the box for an animal rescue association. House the homeless by funding a charity that builds new homes. Aid abused women with a donation to a group that shelters and protects victims of violence.

Donations may be divided amongst as many charities as desired.

A small portion of a donation subtracted from each month’s paycheck is barely noticeable with the payroll-deduction option available to military members and government employees.

Those on the receiving end of your generosity, however, will certainly notice the large impact it will make on their lives.

I encourage everyone on Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst to pick up a copy of the 2009 CFC directory and make a difference in someone’s life today. The impact of even a small donation can go a long way.

The 2009 South Jersey CFC ends Nov. 30. Contact the JB MDL key worker in your office for copies of the directory and pledge cards. Visit for more information.
by Maj. Karen Cosgrove
Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst Combined Federal Campaign Lead

In 2008, the southern New Jersey regional CFC raised $896,198 for local, national and international charities.

Bill Huddleston

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