Employees from across NIEHS united to raise more than $100,000 for the 2016 Combined Federal Campaign (CFC). These contributions, along with those of others at the National Institutes of Health, totaled an impressive $2.4 million for more than 20,000 charities worldwide.
"We really shot for the stars this year with a six-figure campaign goal," said David Bullard, a procurement lead with the NIEHS Administrative and Research Services Branch (ARSB). "We never doubted we’d reach it."
Bullard co-chaired this year’s CFC campaign with Shannon Duncan, an administrative specialist with ARSB.
Fall Fest headlines a full season of giving
Kicking off with a packed launch event, this year’s CFC drive offered numerous ways for employees to give. Among them were a 5K Fun Run and Walk, a silent auction, two bake sales, and the first door and office space decoration contest for the holidays.
The 2016 CFC also saw the return of the NIEHS Fall Fest — an event with local charities staffing exhibits where employees could learn more about the organization.
"I always enjoy Fall Fest because it puts me face-to-face with local charities, and gives me a chance to learn about the various causes they support," said Tammy Collins, Ph.D., director of the NIEHS Office of Fellows’ Career Development. "This way I really get to know who they are, as people and organizations."
Funds raised through Fall Fest and other events were added to those donated through cash contributions or payroll deductions.
A culture of giving
Since 1961, CFC has supported philanthropy through an employee-focused program that is cost efficient and effective in providing federal workers the chance to improve life for others. Today, CFC is the leading employee giving program in the country, raising more than $5 billion in total for charity.
"I am so proud of the NIEHS employees and their tremendous generosity," said NIEHS and National Toxicology Program Director Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D. "Our CFC giving this year reached an impressive level. We really care about the needs in our communities, and we are committed to doing all that we can to help."
(Ian Thomas is a public affairs specialist in the NIEHS Office of Communications and Public Liaison, and a regular contributor to the Environmental Factor.)