By Kalene Lozick, Fort Riley Public AffairsJanuary 19, 2018
FORT RILEY, Kan. -- The Combined Federal Campaign for Fort Riley completed their year under the modernized system and the total funds collected was announced at Riley's Town Hall Meeting Jan. 9.
Clint Strutt, Fort Riley Financial Readiness Program manager, presented two oversized checks to 1st Infantry Division and Fort Riley Commanding General Maj. Gen. Joseph M. Martin and 1st Infantry Division Command Sgt. Maj. Joseph Cornelison. The amount raised was the highest amount in Fort Riley's CFC history.
As of Jan. 9, the total amount of 2017 online pledges presented to Martin and Cornelison was $146,412. In addition, the total amount of 2017 local paper pledges Jan. 9 was $51,235, according to the two oversized checks presented.
In an email interview Jan. 16, Strutt said the grand total online pledges was $205,657, an increase of about $60,000 for the Army family for the Heartland region for local, regional, national and international charities.
In years past, employees donated money to the CFC program by payroll deduction. According to www.opm.gov/combined-federal-campaign/, they said new opportunities arose with the use of new technology.
"What seemed impossible just a few years ago is now entirely possible and will be more commonplace five years from now," said the website. "This technology campaign-wide presents a rare strategic occasion for the CFC to become an even more efficient campaign in the future . . . For example, nonprofits are lending their expertise in web-based philanthropy to bring new efficiencies to giving in the Federal workplace through the use of automated giving."
The efforts shown by federal employees in 2017, showed generosity at Fort Riley through the community and the commitment to community, readiness and resilience.
Looking ahead, Strutt felt honored to be a part of a program that raised more than $200,000.
"It is a great feeling to be the campaign coordinator for Fort Riley and raise thousands and thousands of dollars for needy charities," he said. "I think we all have a giving spirit, being in the position of providing an opportunity for someone to activate that spirit is truly an honor."
As a nationally recognized program, Strutt said the overall mission of CFC is to promote and support philanthropy through a program that is employee-focused, cost-efficient and effective in providing all federal employees an opportunity to improve the quality of life for all.
Looking ahead, Strutt said, he hopes that CFC will continue in future years as the campaign administration continues to modernize.