Sabers may donate through CFC-O

U.S. Air Force Col. Pete M. Bilodeau, 52nd Fighter Wing commander, left, and U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Brian J. Gates, 52nd FW command chief, make donations through the Combined Federal Campaign-Overseas at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, Sep. 3, 2014.  The CFC-O is a charity fundraiser that allows people to donate money to more than 2,500 organizations to help those in need. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Luke J. Kitterman/Released)

U.S. Air Force Col. Pete M. Bilodeau, 52nd Fighter Wing commander, left, and U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Brian J. Gates, 52nd FW command chief, make donations through the Combined Federal Campaign-Overseas at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, Sep. 3, 2014. The CFC-O is a charity fundraiser that allows people to donate money to more than 2,500 organizations to help those in need. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Luke J. Kitterman/Released)

U.S. Air Force Col. Pete M. Bilodeau, 52nd Fighter Wing commander, fills out a donation form for the Combined Federal Campaign-Overseas at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, Sep. 3, 2014.  Events to increase awareness for the CFC-O include a 5k run and a field goal competition.  CFC-O runs Sep. 8-Nov. 7. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Luke J. Kitterman/Released)

U.S. Air Force Col. Pete M. Bilodeau, 52nd Fighter Wing commander, fills out a donation form for the Combined Federal Campaign-Overseas at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, Sep. 3, 2014. Events to increase awareness for the CFC-O include a 5k run and a field goal competition. CFC-O runs Sep. 8-Nov. 7. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Luke J. Kitterman/Released)

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Brian J. Gates, 52nd Fighter Wing command chief, donates to organizations though the Combined Federal Campaign-Overseas using MyPay at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, Sep. 3, 2014.  This alternative method of donating allows Airmen to give to those in need via online. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Luke J. Kitterman/Released)

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Brian J. Gates, 52nd Fighter Wing command chief, donates to organizations though the Combined Federal Campaign-Overseas using MyPay at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, Sep. 3, 2014. This alternative method of donating allows Airmen to give to those in need via online. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Luke J. Kitterman/Released)

SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany -- -- The 2014 Combined Federal Campaign-Overseas will begin Sep. 8 with a 5K run and field-goal competition at the base outdoor track.

The campaign, which was signed into law by President John F. Kennedy in 1962, offers people an opportunity to donate money to more than 2,600 national, international and public philanthropic organizations.

According to the CFC website, there are more than 285 different local CFC stateside agencies and only one CFC-Overseas. CFC-O is unique compared to the CFC stateside because any undesignated contribution will go to the Family Support and Youth Programs, an organization specific to the CFC-O that allows 100 percent of the donations to go back to the donor's installation. The FSYP money is spent at the wing commander's discretion, while following branch of service and OPM guidelines.

"The money from the FSYP helps the base community and supports improvements for quality of life." said U.S. Air Force Capt. David C. Hunt, Spangdahlem CFC-O community area project officer. "FSYP supports projects such as playgrounds, movie theaters, bowling alleys and more to help shape the future of the base."

"We have a lot of events for this campaign designed to raise awareness about the CFC-O," Hunt added.

During the two-month campaign period, events will include a dodge ball tournament, bake sale fundraiser, and Halloween Bowl-A-Thon. These events will be open to DOD members as well as their dependents. All donations will go towards the FYSP.

Spangdahlem's CFC-O goal for 2014 is to achieve a 25 percent participation rate.

"If we could hit that 25 percent mark for participation or even exceed that, it would be an awesome accomplishment." Hunt said.

For each unit there is a CFC-O representative to notify Airmen and civilians about this campaign.

"There is a 100 percent requirement for unit CFC-O representatives to give each active duty member and government civilian an 'informed opportunity to give'," Hunt said. "This means each person should be addressed face to face about what the CFC-O is and if they would like to donate."

Contributors can use three different methods to make a donation: filling out a paper pledge card from their unit CFC-O representative, using the online myPay CFC-O link or via e-Giving on the CFC website.
"People these days are really technologically savvy so in addition to the paper pledge card, we like to offer two great online methods of donating through myPay and e-Giving," Hunt said. "It makes it very easy and accessible for people looking to donate."

The CFC website states that, with donations, individuals may select one or more organizations and an amount they would like to contribute. Military and civilian contributors may give a one-time donation or a reoccurring monthly deduction from their paychecks. Donations will be accepted until Nov. 7 when the CFC-O ends.

"It's not completely about raising funds. It's really about getting people aware of all the great organizations out there that do great things for people in need," said Hunt.

People interested in researching the organizations featured this year can visit the official CFC website at https://www.cfoverseas.org or contact their unit CFC-O representative.