September 14, 2017

ABA fund-raising arm joins Combined Federal Campaign to give federal donors new option

CHICAGO, Sept. 14, 2017 -- For the first time, the charitable fund-raising arm of the American Bar Association will be part of the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC), the largest and most successful workplace giving drive in the world. 

Starting this fall, federal civilian, military and postal donors can support access to justice by selecting the ABA Fund for Justice and Education (#83957) as their CFC charity of choice. The 2017 CFC Open Season runs from Oct. 2 through Jan. 12, 2018.

The ABA Fund for Justice and Education, a recognized 501(c)(3) by the Internal Revenue Service, supports more than 200 ABA public service and educational programs every year, raising money for legal services that benefit veterans, military families, seniors, children, the needy and disabled, among others. Programs train lawyers and offer resources that promote access to justice, children and family rights, public education, professionalism and the legal profession, and international justice.

“We are pleased and honored to be included with the CFC,” said Jack Rives, ABA executive director and a retired U.S. Air Force lieutenant general, formerly The Judge Advocate General. “For federal government employees, including military, this is a very popular way to support worthy causes. The ABA Fund for Justice and Education is very deserving and we appreciate the support. We look forward to recognizing the generous contributions of our important work.”

Recent accomplishments through Fund for Justice and Education-funded programs include:

  • Clearing up legal hurdles to reduce the time children spend in foster care by nine months, an effort that impacted more than 3,000 children and generated nearly $32 million in savings.
  • Providing pro bono legal services valued at more than $1 million to military service members and their families facing civil legal issues.
  • Training 2,400 pro bono attorneys to help domestic violence survivors.

The Combined Federal Campaign is the only authorized charitable organization solicitation of federal employees in their workplaces and is structured to support and promote philanthropy through a voluntary program. Through the CFC last year, nearly 200 different campaigns throughout the country and overseas raised more than $167 million to benefit thousands of local, national and international causes.

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