The Washington area's two major fundraising efforts, the United Way and the Combined Federal Campaign, have reported "healthy increases" in donations this year, according to mid-campaign tallies.
The United Way already has received pledges totaling $13,507,586, general campaign chairman Joseph B. [WORD ILLEGIBLE] announced at a mid-campaign luncheon at the Sheraton Park Hotel yesterday. Campaign workers hope to surpass last year's record-breaking total of $19,288,559.
The Combined Federal Campaign, the annual solicitation of the area's 380,000 feder al employes, is right on target toward its goal of $12.5 million announced in September by HEW Secretary Joseph Califano Jr., who is CFC chairman.
CFC is having the best year in campaign history, raising $8,278,000 so far, according to the group's most recent tallies. Seventy-five percent of the CFC donations go to the United Way, with the remainder distributed among international service agencies such as CARE and Project HOPE and national health agencies such as the American Cancer Society.
The largest single fundraising effort in the Washington area, the United Way Campaign, consolidates the charitable appeals of 163 local community service agencies into one yearly fund drive. Fifty of these agencies receive funding from the United Way's campaign partner, the United Black Fund. UBF is an autonomous organization representing many health, welfare and social service agencies whose programs serve inner-city residents.
C&P Telephone Co. employes and the Communications Workers of America, AFL-CYO, have again pledged more than $1 million to the United Way. The area's largest private employer, the telephone company last year became the first business in the Washington area to exceed $1 million in employe contributions. To date, C&P reported donations are $1,082,791.
All seven United Way regional units reported increased contributions so far during this year's campaign. To date, the Montgomery County region reported donations of $155,000 and the Prince George's region reported donations of $205,368.
Among CFC contributors, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration has emerged as a star, according to CFC campaign director Bill Schaeffler. So far, NASA has collected more than $150,000, with almost 100 percent participation from its 1,442 employes. The average NASA employe gift exceeds $109.
Fifteen government agencies have completed their campaigns with contributions totaling $43,963. The National Commission on Manpower Policy was first to complete its campaign, raising $1,161. All 11 agency employes contributed.
Coordinators for both campaigns expressed their appreciation to executives provided to help run the campaigns by local businesses and government agencies. The United Way campaign closes Nov. 30, and CFC ends its fund drive Nov. 22.