It's CFC time again:
The 2014 Campaign will begin in September, please get with your CFC representative to make your contribution to the work of Into-Africa.
Here is just a little history about the CFC:
The mission of the CFC is to promote and support philanthropy through a program that is employee focused, cost-efficient, and effective in providing all federal employees the opportunity to improve the quality of life for all.
CFC is the world's largest and most successful annual workplace charity campaign, with almost 200 CFC campaigns throughout the country and overseas raising millions of dollars each year. Pledges made by Federal civilian, postal and military donors during the campaign season (September 1st to December 15th) support eligible non-profit organizations that provide health and human service benefits throughout the world.
Fundraising for charitable organizations in the Federal workplace can be traced to the late-1940's. However, formal authority to permit fundraising in the Federal workplace was not established until 1961. In signing Executive Order 10927, President John F. Kennedy authorized the U.S. Civil Service Commission to develop guidelines and regulate fundraising in the Federal service.
Prior to the 1950's, on-the-job fundraising in the federal workplace was an uncontrolled free-for-all. Agencies, charities, and employees were all ill-used and dissatisfied. Some of the problems cited were:
- Quotas for agencies and individuals were freely established and supervisors applied pressure to employees.
- Designations were not allowed.
Even with the frequency of on-the-job solicitations, total receipts for charitable causes that were worthy of employee support were minor. In many cases, employees donated their pocket change.
The first participating charitable organizations were:
- The American Red Cross
- Local Community Chests
- United Funds
- Federated Groups
- The National Health Agencies (an ad hoc group of nine health-related voluntary organizations, now known as Community Health Charities)
- International Voluntary Agencies (an ad-hoc group, later known as International Service Agencies, of two voluntary agencies primarily interested in overseas assistance programs).
President Eisenhower further formalized the administration of the program by Executive Order 10728 of September 6, 1957. The Executive Order placed it under the supervision of a Presidential Committee, staffed by the Civil Service Commission. Solicitations by charities were consolidated into three on-the-job campaigns a year (for different groups of charities), and operational ground rules were established and eligibility tightened.
The principal characteristics of the emerging federal fundraising program were that all individual voluntary health and welfare agencies were grouped into the four categories above, and that each of the groups was assigned specific periods during each year when they would be permitted to carry out on-the-job solicitations.
Into-Africa is happy to be an official member of the Combined Federal Campaign. If you desire to support our cause as we continue to build churches, schools, send medical mission teams and bring fresh water to the people of Africa. To locate a campaign near you follow the Campaign Locator instuctions below.
Locate your campaign in one of three ways:
Campaign Name (or partial name)
Campaign Code Number
Select one of these options and click submit.
To request a CFC Charity List, pledge form, access a local CFC website, or request a tax receipt, please use the Campaign Locator to find your local CFC office. The Principal Combined Fund Organization (PCFO) will be able to assist you.
A doctor examines blood samples of Ebola - Getty
Note: I have received lots of calls concerning the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia. In all of these nations we have churches that have been affected by this sickness. We have lost a young man and women in the Church in Monrovia, Liberia to this disease. I'm forwarding youa recent report from Edward Saffa in Freetown, Sierra Leone. Please take some time out of your day and join with us in prayer, as we believe God for a supernatural breakthrough for complete deliverance from this sickness.
Dear Pastor Smith,
We give God all the glory who has been so faithful to us as fellowship in Sierra Leone, because ever since the out break of this epidemic non of our pastors and church members in all parts of the country have been affected. We thank God for the blood and the name of Jesus and His blood, which is our refuge and fortress.
Things are not going the way it should be due to the EBOLA crisis here in Sierra Leone. We are faced with so many challenges as many lives have been affected by death and severe sicknesses with no proper medications, good clinics and hospitals. The best international hospital at hill station has been quarantined and many more. Many teachers, students, nurses and about two main doctors have died from this disease and right now another popular doctor have contacted the disease and is now in kailahun undergoing treatment of which the possibility of surviving is very very slim. Four military men have died just yesterday, the military hospital too have been quarantined. This disease is spreading like wild fire from person to person. It is very scary and has caused a lot of panic. Because of this many people are moving from one place to the other as if we are having another REBEL WAR. In fact we are fighting two dangerous wars: THE EBOLA VIRUS AND THE SPIRIT OF FEAR that has griped the lives of our congregations and the nation as a whole.
Therefore the churches attendance is been affected, plus our tithes and offerings. People are really afraid to attend church services fearing to avoid all possible means of contacting this virus. Our house to house bible studies too have been affected as families no longer want to allow people in their homes so that they will not contact the disease.
We are right now in a state of emergency almost like a curfew. Because of this we have moved the time for service from 7:00pm to 6:00pm. We are running out of chlorine and sanitizers, which we give to people to wash their hands before and after service. In fact there is even shortage of them in the country. Prices of commodities are escalating everyday, many people are afraid to use public transport. There is a total cut off from KENEMA AND KAILAHUN district and these areas are now experiencing food shortage, poor water supply and electricity. The situation now is getting very serious everyday but we are still trusting God to move in our land. WE MUST TAKE THIS LAND FOR JESUS.
Please pray for us, as the name of Jesus is higher than Ebola
From Edward Saffa
The Door C.F.Church
Ferry Junction, Freetown,
Sierra Leone, West Africa