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This year, the Combined Federal Campaign, or CFC, celebrates its 60th anniversary! Established by President Kennedy in 1961, the CFC has grown into one of the largest and most successful workplace giving campaigns in the world.

It started out in six cities with fewer than 50 participating charities and has expanded to include federal employees and retirees all around the globe who can give to more than 5,000 today.

Since its inception, the CFC has raised $8.5 billion to help those in need locally, across the nation, and throughout the world – all due to the generosity of federal employees and retirees.

As we recover from the challenges of the past year and meet the new challenges of 2021 and beyond, we have seen the federal community exceed their call to public service by contributing through the CFC to improve the quality of life for all.

During the 2020 campaign, the federal community pledged more than $83.6 million in monetary pledges and volunteer time. Federal employees and retirees have always represented a strong, caring community through the Office of Personnel Management’s (OPM) CFC – dedicated to making a difference and being the face of change.

That’s what being a changemaker is all about. Some might say it takes an extraordinary person to care enough to give, but it’s more common than you think, and it’s easy! Anyone can be a changemaker through the CFC. Federal employees prove it every day.

“Many federal employees know CFC is a tradition. My contribution helps to keep the tradition alive; makes a difference in the lives of so many; and sets an example for future contributors,” said Tarnisha Jackson, FDA employee, who gives through the CFC “to causes that ignite a flame of hope for others.”

The need has never been greater, and the answer to that call has never been louder. To honor the 60-year legacy of the CFC, consider pledging a $60 recurring gift or 60 hours of volunteer time today.

If you pledge volunteer hours and would like to be contacted by the charity to arrange an opportunity to help, opt to release your contact information. You may also reach out to the charity to learn about their volunteer options – even remote opportunities!

We have seen federal employees assist in translation, tutoring, budget balancing, event hosting, and more in this past year.

Thank you for being the face of change for charitable causes like helping communities recover from disaster, supporting military families, ensuring education for all, and making a positive difference in our world.

Community members who have questions about the Combined Federal Campaign can talk to their unit or office's CFC rep, or can reach out to U.S. Army Garrison Hawaii's CFC campaign manager at (808) 927-6609.