It’s a Wrap!
Raising Over $2.6 Million for Charity, 2011 NIH CFC Ends on a High Note
The National Library of Medicine, this year’s lead IC for the Combined Federal Campaign, hosted the NIH CFC awards ceremony Feb. 29. The event recognized the hundreds of NIH CFC leaders and volunteers who worked to make the 2011 campaign a success and saluted the ICs’ achievements in the areas of total giving, per capita giving and employee participation.
The NIH community contributed over $2.6 million for local, national and international charities. NIH achieved an impressive 111.6 percent of its overall goal and nearly half of all NIH workers (48 percent) made a gift to the 2011 CFC.
The awards were presented by Dr. Lawrence Tabak, NIH principal deputy director, and NLM director and 2011 CFC vice chair Dr. Donald Lindberg. Other speakers included James Francavilla, deputy director for the CFC National Capital Area (CFCNCA), who praised NIH’s long record of generous giving and presented NIH with the CFC of the National Capital Area’s Million Dollar Circle Award. The honor recognizes federal departments and agencies that donate over $1 million to the CFCNCA to help people and communities in need.
Todd Danielson, NLM associate director for administrative management and NIH CFC campaign manager, shared with the audience appreciation for advice he’d received from Patrick Shirdon, manager of the 2010 campaign, headed by NIMH. Tips included: Make the charities the central focus of the campaign. Keep in mind that everything you are doing will help to improve the lives of so many. Assemble a strong team of steering committee members, IC coordinators and IC keyworkers. And make the campaign fun.
“So that’s what we did,” Danielson noted, “and it worked!” Interestingly, Shirdon, who is now director of management at NIA, will repeat as NIH CFC campaign manager in 2012.
The NIH 2011 campaign also received accolades at the CFCNCA awards program Mar. 6. The awards were for Best Photography and Use of Images, Best Campaign Writing or Publication and the Most Innovative Campaign Technique (large agency division), the latter for the “Picture of Giving” photo contest, featuring a unique online voting system.—Allison Fisher
Among the CFC volunteers honored were NLM’s three campaign deputy coordinators (from l) Hue Banh, Alise Freund and Janie Robak. NLM director Dr. Donald Lindberg presents the President’s Award as NIH principal deputy director Dr. Lawrence Tabak looks on.
At left, Tabak receives the Million Dollar Circle Award from James Francavilla of the CFCNCA. At right, NLM’s Todd Danielson (r) prepares to pass the baton, or at least the banner, of the NIH CFC to incoming campaign manager Patrick Shirdon.
Photos: Michael Spencer