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Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014

CFC wraps up 2013 fundraiser

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The 2013 Combined Federal Campaign kicked off in the midst of economic uncertainties, but it ended with good news for local charities.

More than 7,000 military and civilian employees from Fort Benning and the surrounding community contributed $622,314.98 to the CFC.

“It’s all going to some amazing charities and I’m really proud of Fort Benning,” said Laura Walker, manager for the Columbus-Fort Benning Regional CFC. “Because of the sequestration and the federal shutdown, the campaign across the nation has been down on average about 20 to 30 percent of the projected goal.”

Soldiers and civilians had the opportunity to give to more than 3,000 diverse organizations featured in the CFC on international, national and local levels. Serving 11 counties in the Chattahoochee Valley, the campaign annually reviews charities wishing to participate, applying strict criteria designed to ensure that donated money reaches those in need.

Although results were down compared to 2012 efforts, Walker said volunteers and key persons found support from contributors who were eager to give.

“In tough years, the need is still there for the charities,” she said. “Fort Benning has dug as deep as they can during these unusual times and still have been generous to the community. There are people who still wanted to give despite have a difficult financial time because they believe in the cause.”

The new CFC MyPay module also made a positive impact on the fundraiser in 2013, Walker said, with more than $40,000 in online contributions.

“It was very successful,” she said. “Everyone reported that it was easy to use and we didn’t have any significant issues with MyPay at all. I think it will represent the future of giving with the CFC.”

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