Giving Campaign Passes Halfway Mark

Posted December 5, 2003 at 3:08pm

With one month of donating ahead, the Combined Federal Campaign of the National Capital Area passed a milestone last Monday, raising $25.2 million, a little over half of its $50 million goal.

Roughly 22 percent of the federal workforce, more than 78,000 workers, has donated to the campaign that raises millions of dollars for various charities such as the Girl Scouts of America and Special Olympics.

The generosity of federal workers is keeping this year’s campaign ahead of the $50 million pace set by the 2001 campaign — a statistic the CFC’s new managing company is monitoring weekly.

“Each week through Oct. 13 on has been about $100,000 to $300,000 above the pace of 2001,” said Anthony De Cristofaro, special assistant to the president of Global Impact, the nonprofit group overseeing this year’s campaign. “Our progress is tracking right at the same level and our goal remains the same.”

The average contribution to this year’s campaign is $322, well ahead of last year’s average $295, De Cristofaro said. Last year’s campaign raised $47 million.

In addition to pleasing numbers, Global Impact has also had a positive response to its online pilot program, which allows employees to search for their respective charities online.

At the end of October, the Web site produced more than 25,000 hits per day.

— Inga Beyer