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2019 Department of Commerce Combined Federal Campaign

The CFC Campaign Connection Newsletter, December 2, 2019

Dear Commerce Employees:

Donating through the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) is a time-honored tradition within the Federal community. But your window to make a pledge and change lives is closing. The final day to pledge is January 12, 2020. Before that deadline, let’s revisit some of the basics about the CFC.

Why should I give through the CFC?

  • The hard part is done. Thousands of charities are already vetted and approved for you.
  • It’s convenient. You can pledge via payroll deduction.
  • Choose your favorites. You can support multiple charities in one pledge.
  • It’s easy to renew. The secure online giving platform makes it easy to renew your gift each year.
  • You can even volunteer. Extend your impact by pledging volunteer hours.
  • We can have a critical impact. Together we have a collective impact, supporting the thousands of charities that depend on our generosity.

How does the CFC work?

  • Choose your cause: Whether you care about youth development, military families, housing and shelter, or animal welfare – the CFC has a charity for any cause you want to support. You can even give to multiple charities with one pledge.
  • Make your pledge: The online pledge portal at [] allows you to renew your pledge each year easily and offers the full range of pledge options: payroll deduction, credit/debit card, e-check, and volunteer hours. Paper pledge forms are also available upon request.
  • Help is on the way: Thanks to your generosity, your chosen charities will make a difference in your local community, across the nation, and around the world.

For those who have already pledged, thank you so much—on behalf of the countless people who will benefit from your kindness. If you have not had a chance to make your pledge, visit [] today.


Wilbur Ross

Secretary of Commerce

Last Chance to Donate - CFC Ends on Jan. 12!

Dear Colleagues,

The 2019 Combined Federal Campaign is coming to an end on Jan. 12, but there is still time to make your pledge!

To date, NIST staff have generously contributed over $233,000. However, we are still about $170,000 short of our 2019 CFC goal of $405,000. Your donation can help get NIST over the finish line and achieve our goal.

It’s easy to participate in the CFC. Visit the CFC donation website where you can search for charities and make your pledge. The thousands of charities affiliated with the CFC represent a wide range of causes, from helping the homeless to improving our environment to STEM education and outreach. There are many charities that serve our communities and causes about which we care deeply. For example, one of the organizations I was pleased to support through the CFC is the NIST Child Care Association. I encourage you to find a charity that matters to you.

Additionally, we have one last fun event as part of our 2019 CFC festivities:

NIST Idol Talent Competition
January 9, 1-3 p.m. EST
Building 101, Red Auditorium
NIST Idol is a chance to put a spotlight on your favorite charity through your singing, dancing or musical performance. All NIST staff are welcome. If you have a talented performer in your OU or division, please encourage them to participate in this fun event!
For additional details, contact heather.mayton [at] (Heather Mayton) or visit the NIST intranet.

To the many NISTers who have already made a pledge, thank you! Your contributions to the CFC help to improve our communities, our world, and carry on the proud tradition of charitable giving by federal workers.

Warm Regards,

Walter Copan
NIST Director

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Remember CFC at Thanksgiving

Dear Colleagues and Friends:

As we reflect on the many blessings in our lives during this season of gratitude, I want to take a moment to thank each of you for all the ways you Show Some Love. Through hard work and selfless dedication, you embody the spirit of public service while giving back to those in need through the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC).

You touch so many lives near and far with your donations and gifts of time. You even have an impact within our federal community. LaShawn Fortune is a fellow employee at the Department of Commerce who works at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Four years ago, her aunt passed away from kidney disease. Last year, doctors diagnosed her mother with the same illness. “While undergoing treatment at appointment after appointment, we went through several centers for different services. CFC-supported charities assisted us in so many ways and provided us with information and what we needed,” said LaShawn. Although kidney disease shortened her aunt’s life, she is optimistic about her mother’s condition. “I look forward to the same support from the CFC charities for my mother – she was just approved for a kidney through the donation list.”

If you haven’t pledged, I encourage you to participate in this year’s campaign. If you have already submitted your donation, consider increasing your gift by 5% or 10%. Even a small amount can go a long way, and through payroll deduction, it can add up. By pledging a little bit each paycheck, your contribution will accrue throughout the year. Before you know it, you’ve donated enough to assist someone undergoing a medical procedure, like LaShawn’s aunt or mom.

What’s great about the CFC is that together, the combined total of our contributions will add up to Show A LOT of Love! Visit:, to Show Some Love today. Thank you for participating in the CFC!


Walter Copan
Department of Commerce Combined Federal Campaign Co-Chair
Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology and NIST Director

Dear Team Commerce: 
The 2019 Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) has begun and needs your support to continue its tradition of supporting a broad array of charities. The National Capital Area campaign is the largest of 125 CFC campaigns throughout the country, and last year raised nearly $35 million for causes in our local community, across the country, and around the globe.   
I encourage you to support the CFC, whose theme again this year is “Show Some Love.”   
The Department of Commerce has been a leader in the CFC every year. In 2018, our employees gave $2.5 million and donated 1,700 volunteer hours valued at $40,000. This year, our goal is to raise $2.6 million, and I am confident that we can make that mark.  
Find out which charities are eligible and how to give at, where you can sign up to receive updates on the National Capital Area campaign. In the coming weeks, your bureau campaign managers and keyworkers will provide information on CFC events and how you can contribute.
On Tuesday, November 19, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. there will be a CFC rally in the lobby of the Herbert C. Hoover Building for all employees of the Department of Commerce. I hope you will attend to learn about some of the many charities this giving campaign supports and to show them some love through a payroll deduction or one-time contribution.

 Wilbur Ross
U.S. Secretary of Commerce 

Dear Colleagues,

The 2019 Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) has officially begun! This year’s theme is once again “show some love.” Our campaign volunteers will be asking you to show some love by donating to the cause of your choice.

The CFC raises millions of dollars each year to support the life-enhancing and lifesaving work of thousands of local, national and international charities that improve our world and create promising futures for so many in need. 

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I fully support the CFC and I am honored to be part of our remarkable community of generous federal workers. I hope you’ll consider donating to the charities that are meaningful to you.


Walter Copan
Department of Commerce Combined Federal Campaign Co-Chair
Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology and NIST Director


Created September 9, 2016, Updated January 8, 2020