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GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — USAG Bavaria federal employees and military service members have until Jan. 15, 2021, to make a Combined Federal Campaign-Overseas donation. Pledges made during the campaign season will support eligible non-profit organizations that provide health and human service benefits throughout the world. This year’s CFC theme is “Show some love. Be the face of change.”


“We have very little time left,” said Elena Smeltz, CFC program manager with USAG Bavaria. “The campaign portal closes on 15 January, so all donations must be submitted by then.  The easiest, fastest and safest way to donate is online, by going to cfcoverseas.givecfc.org, creating an accountsetting up a profile, choosing one or more charities and paying with credit card or payroll deductions.”


Additionally, CFC-O hosts a virtual 500k Relay with prizes. The deadline to participate in this relay is Jan. 9, 2021.


Throughout the USAG Bavaria footprint, $12,650 has already been donated as of Dec. 31, 2020. By the end of the campaign, the goal is to contribute $50,000 collectively. 


What is the history of Combined Federal Campaign?

The CFC is an American tradition established by former President John F. Kennedy in 1961. It is exclusively for federal employees: one campaign, once a year. It offers federal employees a chance to make donations by selecting charities from the thousands of participating charitable organizations approved by the CFC. During its 59 years of existence, the CFC has been one of the most successful workplace giving campaigns in the world — with almost 200 CFC campaigns across the globe raising millions of dollars each year. Since creation, over $8.4 billion has been raised for charitable organizations. And in 2019 alone, the CFC raised over $83.8 million. 


What is the 500k Relay?

The CFC-O “500k Relay” is a virtual event designed to engage the CFC-O community, build excitement and encourage donor giving through the CFC, while also meeting the recommended physical distancing guidelines. This event will be virtual and up to the participant’s discretion. The goal is for participants to walk or run a cumulative 500 kilometers. Participants must walk or run a minimum of one kilometer, and they are encouraged to sign up for any distance of their choosing.


How to register for the Relay?

Registration: Participants can register for the event between Dec. 18, 2020, and  Jan. 9, 2021, using SignUp Genius. Participants have from Jan. 1 to Jan. 9 to complete their walk/run(s), and notify the CFC-O by e-mailing the distance completed and supporting photos to support@cfcoverseas.org.


Can I win a prize?

All participants will be entered to win a prize-pack at the conclusion of the event. One entry will be awarded for each kilometer walked or run by the participant. On Jan. 11, 2021, CFC-O staff will draw five winners at random and make a public announcement regarding the winners. CFC-O prize packs will be compiled by the CFC-O staff and will include a variety of items. 


Who can give?

Members of the federal community can donate, including: DoD civilians, active duty service members, USPS personnel, other federal employees and federal retirees.


How can I give online?

1 ) Click DONATE on GiveCFC.org.
2 ) Create an account or login to your existing account.
3 ) Complete or update your profile:
     a. Check the overseas box to indicate you are stationed outside the continental United States.
     b. Enter your CFC unit code to automatically populate the Department/Agency/Office selections.
4 ) Search for charities you want to support.
5 ) Make your pledge by selecting your designated charities and allocating funds or volunteer hours.


How to give with the CFC Giving mobile app

1) Download the app.
    The CFC Giving Mobile App is available for Apple and Android devices by searching “CFC Giving” in the app store.
2) Sign in or create an account.
    Returning donors: Use the same login as your CFC online pledge portal account.
    New donors: Create an account, verify it, and set up your profile.
3) Search for charities
    If you are attending a campaign event, you can see the list of charities participating in your event.
    You also can generate your own list of CFC charities and their descriptions by entering search criteria (charity name, CFC Code, EIN or keyword).
    Tap each charity you would like to support and enter the dollar amount of the donation you would like to give.
4) Complete your donation.
5) Update or add a funding source (bank account or credit/debit card).

* To ensure your office/unit receives credit for your pledge, update your profile to match your Department/Agency/Office.

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