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Nov. 19, 2001

Ann Hutchison

NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.

(Phone: 650/604-3039 or 650/604-9000)

e-mail logoahutchison@mail.arc.nasa.gov


Release: 01-89AR

NASA AMES SETS RECORD COMBINED FEDERAL CAMPAIGN DONATIONS

Civil service employees at NASA’s Ames Research Center in California’s Silicon Valley have set an all-time record for donating to the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC).

The federal employees and retirees at Ames contributed more than $263,000 this year, exceeding the Ames campaign goal of $223,473 by nearly $40,000. This represents an increase of about 18 percent over last year’s total contributions. Campaign organizers held the annual two-week fundraiser earlier than usual, to give employees an opportunity to contribute to organizations supporting the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

"This year’s Combined Federal Campaign at NASA Ames is the most successful ever," said Ames Director Dr. Henry McDonald. "I am extremely pleased and proud of the way the Ames family responded, particularly when the needs are so great."

Grace Ann Weiler, Ames’ CFC chairperson, also was thrilled with this year’s campaign. "The CFC volunteers at NASA Ames stepped up to the challenge and started the annual request for donations early this year," she said. "This allowed civil servants and contractors to help support the charitable organizations that are aiding the victims of the recent attack on America, the victims’ families and the usual charities of their choice." Ames ranks first in per-employee donations among Santa Clara County employers with more than 1,000 workers.

The Combined Federal Campaign supports and promotes philanthropy through an employee-focused, cost-efficient and effective program by providing all federal employees the opportunity to improve the quality of life for all. It was established in 1961 by President John F. Kennedy to consolidate numerous charitable campaigns, allowing for a single annual campaign in all federal, postal and military agencies. Donations to the CFC support more than 2,000 local, national and international charities.

"The people of Ames showed outstanding participation by helping to continue the tradition of leadership in displaying compassion for the people in our community and country," Weiler noted.

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