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Federal Workers Support Red Cross during Annual Fundraiser
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Molly Dalton and Josh Kittner
November 3, 2008

The Combined Federal Campaign (CFC), which runs from September 1 through December 15 of each year, is one of the largest and most successful workplace fundraising models in the world. Through the CFC, nearly four million federal employees and military personnel are able to contribute to the charities of their choice.

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The American Red Cross was one of the first charitable organizations to participate in the campaign, which has been in existence since 1961. Over the years, generous donations made by federal civilian, postal and military donors during the CFC campaign have supported the lifesaving mission of the Red Cross, helping people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies.

This fall, the American Red Cross continues its long tradition of participating in the CFC. Federal employees across the country will have the option to select the American Red Cross (charity code #10266) as the recipient of their donation. Many local Red Cross chapters also participate in the CFC, and their numbers can be found in the charity lists of the local CFCs around the country.

What is the CFC?

During the Combined Federal Campaign, all federal employees, postal workers and military members have the opportunity to support their favorite charity with contributions they can make either by cash, check or automatic paycheck deduction. Over 20,000 nonprofit charitable organizations participate worldwide. Last year, more than $273 million was donated to recognized charitable organizations through this campaign, with more than $7.4 million contributed to the American Red Cross national listing.

"Red Cross chapters across the United States benefit from the generosity of federal employees through the Combined Federal Campaign. Each year these contributions make an important difference in the lives of so many-hospital patients needing blood, those affected by disaster or someone wanting to learn CPR or how to swim. The Red Cross is especially grateful to our CFC partners whose philanthropy embodies the humanitarian mission of the Red Cross," says Michael J. Brown, vice president of Corporate and Foundation Giving for the American Red Cross. "I would like to thank them for their generous support, enabling the Red Cross to touch millions of lives and bring help to people around the corner and across the nation."

Federal employees can support the Red Cross by designating to the national listing-#10266-or to their local Red Cross chapter.

About the American Red Cross: The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and counsels victims of disasters; provides nearly half of the nation's blood supply; teaches lifesaving skills; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization - not a government agency - and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its humanitarian mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org or join our blog at www.redcrosschat.org.

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