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. Danzansky 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 federal employes, is right on target toward its goal of $1.5 million announced in September by HEW Secretary Joseph Califano, who is CFC chairman.
CFC is having the big year in campaign history, raising $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 autonemous organization representing many health, welfare and social service agencies whose programs serve the needs of inner-city residents.
C&P Telephone employes and the Communications Workers of America, AFL-CIO, 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 employe contribution. To date, [WORD ILLEGIBLE] donations are $1,602,791.
All seven United Way regional units reported increased contributions during this year's campaign. Virginia regional reports show Alexandria at $142,513, Arlington at $68,000 and Prince William at $22,000.
Among CFC contributors, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration has emerged as a star, according to CFC campaign director Bill Schaeffler. Sor far, NASA has collected more than $150,000, with almost 100 percent participation from its 1,442 employees. The average NASA employe gifts exceeds $109.
Fifteen government agencies have completed their campaigns with contributions totaling $43,963. The National Commission on Manpower Policy [WORD ILLEGIBLE] to complete its campaign [WORD ILLEGIBLE] All 11 agency employes [WORD ILLEGIBLE]
Coordinators for both campaigns expressed their appreciation for executives, provided by local businesses and government agencies. The United Way campaign closes Nov. 30, and CFC finishes its fund drive Nov. 22.