Micronesian Conservation Trust (MCT) Now Part Of Combined Federal Campaign (CFC)  Bottom

  • MCT recently made the news by becoming the first Non-Government Organization (NGO) based in one of the Freely Associatied States (FAS) to join the CFC.

    The details are at http://www.paci…ews&Itemid=156

    This is really big news. CFC is the only charity that is authorized to directly solicit Federal employees, including members of the Armed Forces, for charitable contributions. If a Marshallese NGO could successfully join the CFC, Marshallese soldiers, worldwide (and everyone else employed by the Federal government) would be able to make direct from their paychecks US- Federal tax deductible donations to that NGO!

    As we move toward 2023, I believe the role of NGOs and their importance to the RMI will grow. If the MCT can do this, why not WAAM or Youth To Youth In Health or WUTMI or one of the other NGOs that are so important to the RMI.

    I contribute via bi-weekly payroll deduction to the CFC. I pledge that $20 of my bi-weekly deduction, for one full year, will go to whatever Marshallese NGO is first to join CFC.

    Info on how a charity can apply to join CFC is at http://www.opm.…CharityApp.asp. It is likely too late for 2013 but for 2014, why not?

    Looking forward to contributing to a Marshallese NGO via CFC.



    Edited by pettittm on Jul 23, 2012 - 02:21 AM.

    “I hope the signing of the LUA (Land Use Agreement) allows the Government of the Marshall Islands more time to focus on the biggest issues it faces – how to raise the level of education and health of the Marshallese people and how to create an economy that will be stable after direct US funding ends in 2023.”
    US Ambassador to the Marshall Islands Martha Campbell, as quoted by MI Journal, 13 May 2011, pg 4
  • Thought I would update.

    The annual Combined Federal Campaign (CFC), that solicits charitable contributions from all US Federal Government employees (including active duty military members) just started for 2013.

    Last year, I noted the Micronesia Conservation Trust had just been designated as eligible for contributions through CFC. I noted at time that I looked forward to when a Marshallese Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) (as example, Youth To Youth In Health or the Waan Aelõñ in Majel (Canoes of the Marshall Islands), participated in the CFC. My pledge is to contribute to that organization, each week, through CFC. As (per the CFC website), "CFC is the world's largest and most successful annual workplace charity campaign," clearly being one of the NGOs eligible to receive contributions through CFC can be very significant.

    So, I logged on this morning to the 2013 CFC website and did a search for NGOs that focus on the Marshall Islands. Sadly, none came up. So, I broadened my search for NGOs focused on Micronesia. Out of thousands of charities and NGOs, there was only one "hit" -- Canvasback Missions.

    What about the Micronesia Conservation Trust? Sadly, it appears their inclusion in CFC was a one-time event -- the Micronesia Conservation Trust is not participating in the 2013 Combined Federal Campaign.

    Last year, over $250 million was donated by US Federal employees through CFC to charities and NGOs. Why did the Micronesia Conservation Trust drop out and why don't any Marshallese NGOs participate?

    Marshallese military members (all US military members) are solicited by CFC, through their chain of command, and asked to contribute. Wouldn't it be nice if Marshallese soldiers and sailors and Marines, if they choose to contribute to CFC, had the opportunity to select a Marshall Islands-focused charity to contribute to?



    Edited by pettittm on Sep 11, 2013 - 01:42 AM.

    “I hope the signing of the LUA (Land Use Agreement) allows the Government of the Marshall Islands more time to focus on the biggest issues it faces – how to raise the level of education and health of the Marshallese people and how to create an economy that will be stable after direct US funding ends in 2023.”
    US Ambassador to the Marshall Islands Martha Campbell, as quoted by MI Journal, 13 May 2011, pg 4
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