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2016 Campaign Contest

The CFCNCA Contest rewards creative efforts that happen during the campaign season, including special events, written materials and overall communication strategies. These awards recognize the individuals, reporting units, departments and agencies that demonstrate the theme of Show Some Love and support the goals of the campaign.

Entries will be judged by a panel of experts at CFCNCA headquarters with approval from the Local Federal Coordinating Committee. Submissions will be judged on first impression, presentation quality, creativity/uniqueness, communication of CFC messages and perceived level of effort. Three awards will be given per category (one small, one medium and one large).

Winners will be recognized at an awards ceremony in March 2017.

The following information is also available in PDF format

2016 Campaign Contest Information

Submission Guidelines - Civilian

Deadline: Monday, Jan. 23, 2017 @ 5:00 p.m.

Mail or hand-deliver entries to: 
CFCNCA Headquarters
Attention: Geoffrey Rixon
1717 H Street NW, Suite 800
Washington, DC 20006
Telephone: (202) 465-7200
Emailed submissions will NOT be accepted.
Materials to Include:
  • Complete and submit the Entry Form on the front of your entry.

  • Include a description (no more than two pages), and examples/materials (website screenshots, photographs, publications, etc.)
  • Each entry should be submitted in only one category, and each department/agency/reporting unitshould enter only once per category.
  • Use a separate Entry Form for each submission – each entry should have its own Entry Form.
CD & DVD Requirements:
For the submission of videos, only the following formats will be accepted: .wmv, .mp4, .mov, and .avi.

Submission Guidelines - Department of Defense

Submit entries through the Voluntary Campaign Branch. Please contact the VCB for further details.


Award Categories

Pillars of Success Awards
  • Executive and Leadership Involvement Award — To the department, agency or reporting unit that best involved the head of the agency and/or senior leadership of their organization in the implementation of campaign activities, events and communications. You should submit photos, articles, letters or speeches showing your leaders’ involvement in the campaign.
  • Most Innovative Campaign Technique Award — To the department, agency or reporting unit that develops the best creative campaign technique. Innovative activities can be in the areas of campaign administration/management, marketing, donor research or other innovations.
Communications Awards
  • Best Special Event — To the department or agency with the most outstanding campaign rally, kickoff, volunteer involvement, day of caring or other event. Include pictures, video, scripts or other media to capture the details of your event. Describe the event, creative team, attendance, special speakers/guests and other background information in your submission.
  • Best Website/Electronic Communications — To the department, agency or unit that makes the most creative use of the website and video tools to communicate the CFCNCA story. Submit copies of screenshots of your website with the entry form. You can also enter in this category: samples of computer network messages, email blasts, calendar/meeting reminders, electronic newsletters, or other ways you electronically deliver the CFCNCA message.
  • Best Use of Social Media — To the department, agency or unit that makes the most creative and consistent use of social media, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Flickr, GovLoop, and any internal social networks at the agency/department. Examples of an effective social media strategy may include posting photos of Jeans & Jersey Day (on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram), tagging CFCNCA in photos on Facebook, using the #ShowSomeLoveCFC hashtag on Twitter, and frequent status updates to promote the campaign.
  • Best Poster/Display — To the department, agency or reporting unit judged to have the most creative poster to publicize CFCNCA and attract contributors to the campaign. Actual poster must be submitted. For larger displays, pictures of the display will be accepted.
  • Best Campaign Writing or Publication — To the individual who creates the best essay or feature story on an employee or charity. In addition, you may enter any internally-created magazine, newspaper, or other printed periodical that does its best to draw donors into the campaign and communicate the appeal of CFCNCA.
  • Best Photography — To an individual or organization for outstanding use of original images to publicize the CFCNCA. The images can show how employees get involved in voluntary activities, how people in need are assisted by CFCNCA-supported charities or artistic and creative ways images are used in the course of the campaign.
  • Best Overall Communications Program — To the organization that uses multiple techniques to inform and motivate employees to participate in the 2016 Campaign.
CFCNCA Hero Awards 
Each department or agency will have the option of nominating a CFCNCA Hero of the Year to be honored at the awards event in 2017. The individual nominated will be evaluated based upon two key factors: 1) exceptional commitment to CFCNCA activities as a Federal worker, and 2) dedicated service to community-wide volunteerism on a personal level. 
Campaign Managers, Coordinators, Keyworkers, Loaned Executives and others may be recognized. CFCNCA Hero Awards will be given in each of the following categories: Civilian, Military, and Postal Service. The top three highest-scoring local CFCNCA Heroes (one from each category) will be entered in the National CFC Hero Awards contest, administered by the Office of Personnel Management. To receive the nomination form and for more information on how to submit, please email Geoffrey Rixon at [email protected].

See the winning entries from the 2015 Campaign Contest for inspiration on implementing your campaign.