USS HARRY S. TRUMAN, At Sea (NNS) -- USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) exceeded its goal for the 2004 Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) drive, raising more than $200,000 during its two-and-a-half month campaign season, Sept. 1-Dec. 15.
CFC is an annual workplace fundraising campaign for federal employees. Each year, the campaign raises millions of dollars for international and U.S. charities from pledges made by federal employees, postal and military donors.
"These charities are approved on an annual basis and must meet the minimum requirements of a 25 percent or less overhead going to administrative costs," said Lt. j.g. Albert Riccardi, Truman's CFC coordinator. "They can be local, national or international charities."
Truman went into this campaign headstrong. Knowing crew members had achieved just slightly over their goal last year, the coordinators saw no reason why they should not increase the amount just a little to push the crew to do that much better.
"Our original goal was $110,000, which made me a little nervous because the year before it was $100,000, and we barely made it by $1,000," said Riccardi.
The goal proved far too small for Truman's crew who, by the end of the campaign, had raised $203,582. In fact, the crew raised nearly half the overall goal within the first week.
"I was surprised. It really didn't take much to get the crew going. In the first week we made around $40,000," said Riccardi. "Our highest year for CFC prior to this was 2002 at $114,041."
"The total amount of CFC contributions made on behalf of Truman Sailors was truly amazing," said Yeoman 1st Class Rob Hudson. "As departmental CFC representative for Truman's Administrative Department, it was a great feeling knowing so many of our personnel were so compassionate about the charitable organizations they had chosen to support."
So far, the ship has exceeded its goal every year since being commissioned in 1998, added Riccardi.
Much of this success is credited to good planning and support of Truman's chain of command. Many of the senior leaders aboard did not waste any time motivating their personnel to, if anything, fill out a form.
"We used a different technique this year and took 100-percent accountability one step further," said Riccardi. "The first year with 100-percent accountability, we asked representatives just to contact all of their people. This year, we made them give forms to everyone. Literally everyone filled out a CFC form. I think that was a big key to our success."
Aside from support of the command, advertising also facilitated in spreading interest for the campaign. Not only did it let people know it was going on, but it gave them an idea of what the program stood for and how they could participate.
"We had the help of the ship's SITE-TV with advertisements and facts about the campaign. We also put up banners and started getting the word out before we actually began, and we talked to representatives about ways to motivate the crew," said Riccardi. "The crew did a wonderful job making their contributions and helping Truman donate more than every other carrier in the Navy."
"I have to give a lot of credit to the crew," he added. "With the backing from the division officers and the department heads, everyone came together as a team. I just want everyone to know their contribution paid off."
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