2020 CFCNCA raises over $37.2 million for those in need
Federal employees and retirees have helped the Combined Federal Campaign of the National Capital Area shatter their 2020 goal to raise $30 million for participating charities and help those in need locally, nationally and internationally. Thousands of charities and countess beneficiaries benefited from more than $37.2 million in monetary contributions and almost 48,000 volunteer hours.
These outstanding gifts raised not only surpass the goal for 2020, but also exceeds the totals raised in 2018 ($34.2), and in 2019 ($34.2). An estimated 25% of donors in the 2020 CFCNCA were first-time givers, and the most-given to cause was health care causes. In addition, a special solicitation was held from April through June 2020 for pandemic relief, during which approximately $1 million was generously given here in the National Capital Area.
“The generous federal community heard our call to action — and they stepped up to ‘Be the Face of Change,’ far exceeding our expectations,” said Vince Micone, co-chairperson. “We are incredibly proud to be part of such a giving community who worked tirelessly to help us meet our goal and ultimately meet the needs of so many.”
“To have not only met and surpassed our goal, but to have raised more than we did in 2018 and 2019, shows how this caring community continues to shine bright even in the face of challenges and darkness,” said Ann Van Houten, co-chairperson of the CFCNCA. “To all donors and CFC supporters, on behalf of charities and countless beneficiaries we may never meet, thank you. Your hearts opened and your gifts are being sent when the need has been most dire.”
The 2020 campaign results were announced at Wednesday’s morning live-streamed finale and awards ceremony. The event highlighted many of the “Faces of Change” who helped make the success possible, including Sage Bolte, Inova Health Foundation’s chief philanthropy officer and president; Sandi Logan, principal; and Marcus Johnson, board member, of Duke Ellington School of the Arts, and the esteemed Voices of Service from Center for American Military Music Opportunities, who competed in NBC’s “America’s Got Talent.”.
The 2020 CFCNCA Campaign contest winners were announced, acknowledging the tremendous support of agency and department leadership and campaign teams this year, as well as chairperson award recipients. The 2020 CFCNCA Heroes were Soraya Correa, U.S. Department of Homeland Security Management Directorate; Colleen Kesselring, U.S. Department of Defense Education Activity; and Carroll Harris III, U.S. Postal Service.
“Our finale is a celebration of the contributions of federal employees, who went far above the call of duty in response to the pandemic,” said Micone. “We are so grateful to the all who have given so generously. We will (be) back later this year, as we need to keep this momentum going. The needs in our communities, throughout our nation, and around the world are great; we must continue to answer the call of service.”
The annual charitable workplace-giving program for federal employees and retirees was held from Sept. 21, 2020 through Jan. 15. The dates for the 2021 CFC have yet to be announced.