Friday, February 17, 2017

TOP STORY >> Base takes award in campaign

During a ceremony Tuesday the Combined Federal Campaign of Greater Arkansas awarded the 2016 third place trophy for the largest campaign category to Little Rock Air Force Base for the base’s total donations given during 2016.

Col. Frank Marconi, 19th Airlift Wing acting vice commander, accepted the trophy on behalf of LRAFB.

The annual Combined Federal Campaign officially kicked off Oct. 7, 2016, at the base. The fundraising drive conducted by federal employees in their workplace each autumn supports and promotes generosity through a voluntary program that’s employee-focused, cost-efficient and effective in providing all federal employees the opportunity to improve the quality of life for all.

In addition to workplace support, CFC hosts fundraising booths at local base events. One such event was the Chiefs’ Fun-Run. The run helped kick off the event, setting aside $500 from the entry fees for the CFC, making the CFC’S total donations during the event more than $1,500.

According to the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, the CFC is the world’s largest and most successful annual workplace charity campaign, raising millions of dollars each year. Pledges made by Federal civilian, postal and military donors during the campaign season support eligible nonprofit organizations that provide health and human service benefits throughout the world.

Fundraising for charitable organizations in the federal workplace can be traced to the late 1940’s. Formal authority to permit fundraising in the federal workplace was not established until 1961. In signing Executive Order 10927, President John F. Kennedy authorized the U.S. Civil Service Commission to develop guidelines and regulate fund-raising in the federal service.