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Combined Federal Campaign wraps up

TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. --

After a year that brought many changes, the 2017 Combined Federal Campaign has come to an end. The campaign, which kicked off Oct. 16 ran for approximately two months, ending Jan. 12.

Tinker raised $534,553, surpassing the expectations of CFC base representatives Capt. Samantha Davies, 72nd Force Support Squadron, and Capt. Mike Olson, 72nd Security Forces Squadron.

“It’s not just a number,” Davies said. “This fantastic achievement will improve the quality of life for many, many people. It may even save lives.”

The impact of CFC often goes unseen, but thanks to the efforts of Team Tinker fewer children will go to bed hungry, more veterans will receive quality care, life-threatening diseases will be staved off, animals will find homes and the environment will be cleaner. Funds will benefit research that changes lives.

Tinker didn’t falter to “Show Some Love” in spite of the changes made to the worldwide fundraiser. Penngood, a social services organization based in Washington, D.C., took over from long-time sponsor United Way. Penngood specializes in national and community-specific multicultural campaigns, initiatives and programs to improve the overall health and well-being of individuals.

The biggest change in this year’s campaign was the implementation of one centralized pledge portal. In previous years, employees were able to make cash or check donations but the 2017 campaign only allowed credit card donations, which reduced any risk inherent in collecting cash.

Though a different year, Tinker was successful in contributing half of a million dollars to charities in the community, state and across the nation.

Considered the most inclusive workplace giving campaign in the world, CFC reaches more than 20,000 not-for-profit organizations globally. Participating charities benefit through events like charity fairs, and employees are able to donate with little overhead. CFC is designed to allow for more money to go directly to charities specified by each donor, providing anything from food, shelter, medicine, education and clothing for those in the community, as well as around the world.