The merger was approved by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM)
in Washington, DC and the board of directors for both campaigns called
the Local Federal Coordinating Committee (LFCC). OPM provides broad
oversight of all 200-plus CFCs across the country and overseas.
For now, the campaign will retain the Heart of Alabama CFC name and
will be overseen by an expanded LFCC, comprised of senior federal agency
managers and volunteers from throughout the merged territories. The LFCC
is headed by Ms. Kelly Noland, Assistant District Manager with the
Social Security Administration in Tuscaloosa.
"Although the Heart of Alabama CFC covers a large amount of
territory, each local area will continue to tailor the campaign to meet
the needs in its area," said Ms. Noland. "The result will be
significantly reduced operating costs and expanded resources for federal
employees, such as online giving for every employee," added Colonel
Patrick Denman, commander of the U.S. Army Aeromedical Center, Fort
Rucker, Alabama, and former chairman of the Wiregrass LFCC who now
serves as a member on the expanded board of directors.
In 2010, the Wiregrass CFC raised $256,000 and the Heart of Alabama
CFC raised $1,136,000 from federal employees who made voluntary
contributions to charities via payroll deduction, check and cash gifts
in the annual fall campaign. Operating costs of the combined campaign
are expected to be 10 percent or less, making it one of the most
effective and efficient CFCs in the country.
The River Region United Way in Montgomery will continue managing the
campaign and acts as its fiscal and promotional agent. The United Way is
not paid to perform that service, but receives CFC monies when
designated by individual federal employees, the same as all other
participating charitable organizations.
"The River Region United Way is thrilled to take on the additional
responsibility of administering the expanded campaign that now covers 29
Alabama counties," said United Way CEO, Russ Dunman. "The LFCC has
placed great trust in us, and we remain committed to administering this
campaign with the utmost integrity and enthusiasm."
"Federal employees probably won’t notice much difference in the
campaign, except we’ll be able to make each contributed dollar go even
further, while offering expanded resources such as online pledging,"
said Lew Lewis, director of the Heart of Alabama CFC. "I am also pleased
to announce that Ms. Beverly Arnold, former manager of the Wiregrass
Area CFC, remains on staff as my Campaign Associate," Lewis added.
Established in 1961, the Combined Federal Campaign is among the
largest and most successful workplace charity drives in the world. The
campaign enables military and civilian federal workers, including U.S.
postal service employees, to support charitable causes of their choice
via payroll deduction or cash/check donations. Since 1981, the Heart of
Alabama CFC has raised more than $14 million for human health and
welfare organizations. Nationwide, the CFC has raised more than $6
billion since its inception.
About the Heart of Alabama Combined Federal Campaign
The Heart of Alabama Combined Federal Campaign is the charitable
workplace giving campaign for military and civilian employees in
federal, postal and military workplaces in 29 Alabama counties from the
Tuscaloosa to Dothan areas, including Montgomery and surrounding