‘A’ is for altruism

The Combined Federal Campaign’s cause of the week is education.

According to the National Center for Education Statistics:

• Only eight states have public high school graduation rates of 90 percent or higher.

• Only 35 percent of fourth-graders are proficient in reading, according to the standard set by the National Assessment of Educational Progress.

These sobering statistics are from 2019, before the coronavirus pandemic hit the educational system like an EF-5 tornado.

Your donation to a nonprofit in the education category helps shore up education in all its forms, an especially dire need in the wake of the worst years of the pandemic.

If you are unsure of where to focus your giving in this category, the website for the campaign, also known as the CFC, makes it easy:

• Under “Donors” on the homepage, choose “Online Charity Search” from the drop-down menu.

• The second field shown will be “Select a Specific Category.” From there, choose “Education.”

• Page after page of education-related charities can help guide your choice.

The Combined Federal Campaign is the federal government’s workplace charity drive. The latest campaign began Sept. 1 and runs through Jan. 14.

Participation in the CFC is voluntary.

The GiveCFC.org website has more information.

This is the first in a series of articles spotlighting the Combined Federal Campaign’s cause of the week. Next week: global health.