NIEHS tops $100,000 in donations for 2014 CFC
By Ian Thomas
NIEHS employees united to donate more than $100,000 towards the 2014 Combined Federal Campaign (CFC). Much of the money raised went to local charities like Vets to Vets United and NC First Robotics. Combined, the contributions of NIEHS and other National Institutes of Health institutes and centers totaled more than $2.36 million and went to more than 24,000 charities worldwide.
“All contributions to the CFC, no matter how big or small, make an incredible difference in the lives of those they go to support,” said Erik Tokar, Ph.D., NIEHS biologist with the National Toxicology Program (NTP). “2014 saw the addition of several new charities to our roster of recipients, and it’s great to see our institute embrace them with this level of giving.”
Tokar and NTP Health Scientist Administrator Lori White, Ph.D., co-chaired this year’s NIEHS campaign.
Myriad ways to give
Since 1961, the goal of the campaign has been to provide federal personnel with an opportunity to give back to their local communities through CFC donations directed to organizations they choose. The campaign team organized activities to encourage employee involvement, including a 5K Fun Run/Walk, Fall Fest, Discovery Lake Regatta, book sale, silent auction, and bake sale.
“As an avid runner, it probably won’t shock anyone that the Fun Run is always my favorite event,” joked Liam O’Fallon, a program analyst with the NIEHS Division of Extramural Research and Training.
A culture of giving
Unlike previous years, when NIEHS donations went exclusively to charities in North Carolina, 2014 marked the first time that federal employees could give to any listed charity in the world.
“I’m always so proud of the level of generosity our employees show through the CFC,” said NIEHS and NTP Director Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D. “They’re always willing to help those in need, particularly when a charity supports a cause that speaks to them, based on their personal experiences.”
(Ian Thomas is a public affairs specialist in the NIEHS Office of Communications and Public Liaison, and a regular contributor to the Environmental Factor.)