Combined Federal Campaign-Overseas drive for 2010 kicks off

By Staff Sgt. Patricia Deal, U.S. Army Europe Public Affairs
Sept. 24, 2010

HEIDELBERG, Germany -- The 2010 Combined Federal Campaign-Overseas program kicks off October 4 and runs through December 3.  The CFC is the world’s largest charity campaign impacting millions globally through the generous donations of military and government civilian personnel and their Family members.

CFC, the only authorized solicitation of federal employees in their workplaces, raises millions of dollars annually and features over 2,300 charities.

During last year’s campaign, U.S. Army in Europe Soldiers and Civilian Employees contributed approximately $2.4 million, with more than $97,000 designated for Family Support and Youth Programs.

An option unique for overseas donors, donations made to FSYP go directly to overseas military communities to help fund quality of life programs in local communities. One hundred percent of donations made to FSYP come back directly to the installation where the contributor lives and works. 

The FSYP is just one option available to donors. “Being able to have control over where their money will go is a definite benefit of the program,” said Kristy Soodavar, USAREUR CFC campaign manager. “Out of the 2,300 CFC charities, most people may find that at least one organization has affected them personally or they may know a person or family member who has benefited from it.”

Another advantage of CFC is the ease in making contributions to the program, Soodavar said.

The CFC-O offers contributors the opportunity to give using the traditional paper Pledge Card or through e-Giving, a fully automated giving option.  Accessible on-line, the program allows contributors to give via credit/debit card or e-Check. User-friendly instructions guide contributors through the process. Visit for more information, or see your organization’s CFC representative.