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CFC Has Banner Year at NIEHS

By Eddy Ball
January 2010

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Combined Federal Campaign

shown serving chili to attendees are, left to right, Essie Jones, Veronica Godfrey Robinson, Jacqui  Marzec and Rachel Frawley
The volunteer spirit that pushed NIEHS over the top was evident throughout the campaign. Shown, left to right, Essie Jones, Veronica Godfrey Robinson, Jacqui Marzec and Rachel Frawley served up chili to attendees at the kickoff on the Rall Building patio. (Photo courtesy of Steve McCaw)

By the time organizers completed the accounting in early December, the 2009 Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) at NIEHS exceeded its goal by more than $20,000, with a total of $91,392 in pledges. Following its kickoff on Sept. 28, the campaign continued through Nov. 20.

The numbers represent a 24 percent increase over pledges for the 2008 campaign and is the third highest amount ever pledged at the Institute - exceeded only by the campaigns in 2001, when the terrorist attack at the World Trade Center inspired record giving, and in 2005, as NIEHS and the nation responded to the devastation in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita along the Gulf Coast.

Organizers praised the level of participation

A total of 178 employees pledged to the 2009 CFC, representing 26 percent of the Institute's full-time equivalency. Of that number, 73 percent, 130 employees, utilized the online pledge system. Employees Cheryl Thompson and Robin Mackar, working with contractors Paul Cacioppo and Jason Suter, developed the user-friendly NIEHS Web site that proved so popular.

"Even in difficult economic times," said CFC Co-chair Rachel Frawley, "NIEHS employees consistently show their generous spirit, acknowledge the benefits that they have, give back to their communities, and support more than 2500 non-profit organizations."

The 2009 CFC benefited from the talent and support of volunteers Institute wide

The record level of pledging is a testament to the concerted efforts of the co-chairs for the 2009 CFC campaign - Veronica Godfrey Robinson and Frawley - and division leaders - Dona McNeill (OM), Robin Mackar (OD), Eli Ney (DIR), Claudia Thompson (DERT), and Rachel Frawley (NTP) - as well as a dedicated group of volunteer keyworkers (  Download Adobe Reader (124KB) .

The speakers at the tailgating kickoff events, Acting Scientific Director John Pritchard, Ph.D., and Acting Deputy Director Steve Kleeberger, Ph.D., also did their part with moving testimony on the importance of helping others. The 2009 kickoff events took advantage of the catchy campaign statement "I Can...Now More Than Ever," free samples from a chili cook-off contest, and a football motif to boost employee turnout at events at the Rall Building and Keystone.

Frawley and Godfrey Robinson both emphasized the team effort that lead to the successful campaign. They pointed to support from NIEHS Deputy Associate Director in the Office of Management Chris Long and NIEHS/NTP Director Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D., who sent a series of all-hands e-mails to encourage employee participation.

In her final campaign message to employees, Birnbaum wrote, "How exciting for our Institute! Thank you to everyone who volunteered to assist with this year's campaign. I personally appreciate your hard work and dedication. I especially thank those who contributed to CFC. Your contributions will help make a difference and for that you should be proud. I am certainly proud of our entire NIEHS family. Let's keep up the great work!"  

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