Bucking a trend of declining campaigns in recent years, the annual workplace giving program for federal employees in the Washington, D.C. area eclipsed its $47 million goal and surpassed last year’s total by almost $1 million.
The Combined Federal Campaign of the National Capital Area (CFCNCA) announced that federal employees contributed more than $47.4 million, which will be distributed to thousands of participating local, national and international charities. The total was announced during a celebratory finale hosted at the National Museum of African American History and Culture last week. The CFCNCA’s campaign raised some 1.6 percent more than the $46.64 million generated in 2015.
“This year’s success is a testament to the generosity of federal employees in the National Capital Area,” Vince Micone, chairman of the Local Federal Coordinating Committee that oversees the campaign, said in a press release announcing the results. “I truly appreciate the efforts of everyone involved in the campaign. These women and men have gone beyond their commitment as public servants by giving to the thousands of charities that work to improve the quality of life for all. I’m looking forward to building upon this year’s momentum for another successful campaign in 2017,” he said.
The top five departments or agencies donating to the 2016 campaign were:
- Department of Defense, $9.4 million;
- Department of Health and Human Services, $5.3 million;
- Department of Commerce, $3.6 million;
- Department of Homeland Security, $2.9 million; and,
- Central Intelligence Agency, $2.2 million.
The campaign, which this year had a theme of “Show Some Love,” ran from Sept. 1, 2016 to Dec. 31, 2016. This year’s campaign was running ahead of the 2015 pace early on, with $17.6 million in pledges reached through Nov. 22, according to the organization.
The federal workplace giving tradition has raised more than $8 billion for charities in its 55-year existence. CFCNCA is the largest single campaign among 125 CFCs around the country and overseas, with contributions coming from civilian and military federal employees.