Holiday season is a good time to donate to CFC

By John Reese
USAG Stuttgart Public Affairs

The annual Combined Federal Campaign is in full swing and easier than ever to donate to the charities of your choice.

CFC 2018 opened its online portal Sept. 10 and runs until Jan. 11. Every week in October, November, December and the last week of the campaign in January has a theme: environmental charities, for example. If you haven’t already been approached by your unit/office’s CFC rep, you can donate 24 hours a day here.

“The website is great because you no longer have to wait to be contacted or carry cash. You can do it at the office or while you are home,” said Andy Munsterman, 2018 CFC community/area project manager. “There are currently 7,953 different charities to choose from, so no matter what you support, you can find it online.”

Paper pledges are still accepted but cash is no longer an option as of last year.

“Online is the best option,” Munsterman said. “I encourage everyone to visit the website and find something they passionately support. Your contribution is helping to support your cause and your community.”

Money isn’t the only way members of the Stuttgart military community may contribute. The CFC now accepts hands-on help pledges of time from those who could volunteer instead of donating cash.

“Your unit can be located online so that your organization gets credit for the donation,” Munsterman said.

Whether you make your pledge online or on paper, be sure to check the specifics of the charity to see how effective your donation will be.

Donors may remain anonymous if they wish.

Since it began 57 years ago, CFC has raised more than $8 billion for charities.