Combined Virginia Campaign
Spectrum Volume 21 Issue 09 - October 22, 1998
Questions and Answers
As the Combined Virginia Campaign at Virginia Tech continues on the way to its goal of $195,000 by December 15, number of questions have been forwarded to the Campaign Office.
Here are some of those questions and answers:
Q: Why do we have a Combined Virginia Campaign?
A: Several years ago, the state observed the success of the Combined Federal Campaign (for federal employees) and decided to establish a similar charitable-funding mechanism for state employees. By having the campaign run on a state-wide basis, it is possible to have payroll deductions (the only such deductions allowed by the state). Since the CVC was inaugurated, giving levels from state employees to charities have risen dramatically.
Q: Does Richmond control the CVC?
A: Although the CVC is coordinated centrally from Richmond, it has nothing to do with state government. In fact, each state agency (Virginia Tech is one such) has its own volunteer coordinator, volunteer staff, and its own method of operating. All charities that wish to participate in the CVC must be approved by a CVC committee of state employees; but this is done to ensure that these charities are legitimate and qualified.
Q: When I designate a charity (particularly one in the New River Valley) for a part or all of my CVC contribution, does any of this money go to Richmond (the state government)?
A: No--absolutely no money goes to the state of Virginia. All contributions (minus less than 13 percent for administrative costs that are paid to the United Way to distribute the money to the charity or charities) go to support those organizations that contributors designate. Many employees in the Virginia Tech CVC choose to designate charities in the local area, as is the case with most CVC's around the state.