CFC 'an installment plan for a better world' Published Sept. 19, 2008 By Senior Airman Shane Dunaway 36th Wing Public Affairs ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam -- The Combined Federal Campaign, an annual workplace charity drive providing Team Andersen Airmen opportunities to donate to one or more of 2,400 causes, kicks off Oct. 1 here. "One of the great things about the CFC is its variety," said Capt. Adam Rector, 36th Wing AFSO 21 project manager. "If a person is worried about AIDS in Africa or they have a relative with autism, they will be able to find charities that deal with those issues specifically. If you have a charitable cause that is important to you, but don't know of the charities that focus on that cause, you will be able to find them through the CFC." To view a list of all charities supported by the CFC, go to http://www.opm.gov/cfc/08lists/index.asp and click on the four available documents to access the list alphabetically, numerically, or with or without 25-word descriptions of the charities. According to the CFC's Web site at http://www.opm.gov/cfc/, the organization's mission is to promote and support philanthropy through a program that is employee focused, cost-efficient and effective in providing all federal employees a chance to improve the quality of life for all. "The CFC is a very efficient government organization," Captain Rector said. "Only 4.9 percent of every contribution goes back to the CFC to pay for administrative and campaign costs. When you look at your CFC booklet, you will see percentages by each of the charities. These percentage tell you how much of your donation will go to pay for administrative costs for these charities. Very few charities are as efficient as the CFC." In 2007, the wing donated more than $137,000 to the CFC, $200 more than in 2006 with 800 less potential donors. "A goal for this year's campaign has not been set yet, but it will probably be around $140,000," Captain Rector said. "Based on the amazing generosity I see from all of Team Andersen, I do not think we will have any problem reaching this goal. I will say that my personal goal and that of all the unit project managers' is to ensure that all of Team Andersen receives one-on-one contact about the CFC and is given ample opportunity to donate." For Airmen who want to contribute, but can't give all of the money upfront, an option available for them is to enroll in a monthly payroll deduction program. "If you can put aside just $20 a month out of your paycheck, you will donate $240 to a charity over the course of a year," Captain Rector said. "Think of it as an installment plan for a better world. For $5 a month, you can vaccinate 150 children against Polio. For $25 a month, you can provide six months of health care for one senior. If you want to make a positive difference in the world this is a venue to do exactly that." For more information on the CFC, Airmen can contact their unit CFC project officer or visit http://www.opm.gov/cfc/.