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Bureaus top expectations in CFC campaign.

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More State Department bureaus met or exceeded their goals in the 2007 Combined Federal Campaign than ever before. In all, Department employees met the $2.15 million challenge made by the CFC National Capital Area, which raises funds for more than 3,600 philanthropic organizations.

Twenty bureaus and the offices of Inspector General and Medical Services met or exceeded their goals, several by big margins. Topping the list were the bureaus of South and Central Asian Affairs, International Organizations and Near Eastern Affairs. The bureaus that met or exceeded their goals and/or met other criteria were honored at a February awards celebration at Main State.

The greatest amount given by any one bureau was the $101,127 raised by Human Resources, followed by the $87,910 raised by Diplomatic Security. A full $862,292 was given by donors at the Department's overseas operations. Retirees gave $27,971, a significant sum for a campaign based in the workplace.

The highest per capita donation was the average of $412 donated by 19 employees in the Bureau of Population Refugees and Migration.

The campaign got a shot in the arm in January when Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, the Department's campaign chairperson, issued a Department Notice saying, "Whether it's supplies for classrooms, better health care for infants or important and vital research to cure cancer, your donations make a difference each and every day."

January was also marked by the Department's first CFC walk/run-athon, held on an unseasonably warm day at Memorial Gardens on the National Mall. The HR-organized event raised several hundred dollars and involved 75 participants, including teams from HR, the Foreign Service Institute and PRM. Walkers covered a one-mile route, and runners covered three miles. At the event's end, participants received water, fruit and goodie bags and took part in a raffle of gift cards donated by the American Foreign Service Association.
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Publication:State Magazine
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Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Apr 1, 2008
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