The Southeastern North Carolina Combined Federal Campaign is still calculating its final tally for campaign donations toward its $2.2 million goal, but as of Monday, the campaign had reached $1.6 million, or 74 percent of its goal.
The CFCSENC, which allows federal employees to make payroll deductions to various charitable organizations, is the largest workplace philanthropic fundraiser in the world, and Fort Bragg is the homebase of the Southeastern region of the CFC.
In past years, the campaign relied more heavily on face-to-face communication, but a push toward online pledging may have contributed to dwindling donations, said Dan Russell, director, CFCSENC.
“With the push to go green on everything, the face-to-face interaction is lost and so many potential donors lose the message of why it is important to give,” Russell said.
The CFCSENC, according to its website, has helped organizations provide an array of services including tutoring to elementary school students, temporary shelter following a disaster, baby formula for low-income infants, scouting for youth and wigs for children undergoing chemotherapy.
But, the implementation of new CFC regulations in 2016 will make it difficult to continue to move forward, Russell added.
The new regulations will not allow written pledges and users will be required to use mypay or other forms of federal pay systems. Additionally, charities will be required to pay application, listing and disbursement fees, which could give charities a lack of return on investments, Russell said.
He continues, however, to encourage potential donors to contribute to a charity of choice.
“Without support, many charities and causes alike could not do the business of taking care of those less fortunate than ourselves,” said Russell.
Final figures for the 2014 campaign which ran Sept. 22 to Dec. 15, 2014, will be available in about two weeks.
For more information about the CFCSENC, visit www.senccfc.org.