This year, the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) will lead the 2020 NIH Combined Federal Campaign (CFC).

The CFC officially runs thru January 15, 2021.  The theme is once again “Show Some Love” with a tag line “Be the Face of Change.”

The CFC is the largest and most successful federal workplace fundraising drive in the world, and an opportunity to support your favorite causes easily and efficiently. There are 6000 local, national, and international organizations participating in the 2020 CFC that NIH employees can support.

This year, due to the evolving COVID-19 pandemic, things will look a little different than in past years.  The 2020 NIH goal is $1M.  The goal was significantly reduced in an effort to be sensitive to those who are experiencing difficult times.  Although the goal has been reduced, there is confidence that the NIH community will once again come together, exceed the goal and support the exceptional work that charities do in our communities.

Also, different this year are the NIH-wide events.  Please mark your calendars to join us for the following virtual events:

  • The next event will be a Virtual CFC Halloween Charity Fair and Mask Contest, held on October 29 from 11:00 am -12:30 pm at The NIH CFC Halloween Charity Fair has been a festive NIH tradition for many years.  Although it will be virtual this year, it promises to be another fun time for the NIH community. Please join us and hear from multiple charity speakers on how your generous donations make a difference.

    New this year is a virtual CFC Halloween Charity Fair and Mask Contest!  Employees are asked to design an original mask that is creative, inspirational, funny, or scary. Employees can use various types of material to create a mask, paint, decorate or draw messages. Designs that include a CFC message will earn an extra point.  Due to virtual time limitations, only 20 entries will be accepted on a first come-first served basis. Only one single or group entry is permitted. Those entering as a group must be in the same location. The winners will be selected by a panel of three judges. Although costumes are encouraged, please note the mask is the only item that will be judged.

    While creating your mask or thinking of a theme, please include your family members and ask them to join the virtual fun and use their creative and innovative minds to dress up in Halloween costumes.

    The event flyer, entry form and mask contest information can be found at under 2020 Events in the left column. Please note all entry forms must be completed and submitted by 4:00 pm, October 22, 2020 to

    I encourage you to browse the CFC website at to learn more about the campaign, search through a comprehensive list of over 6,000 charities, and consider making a pledge, monetary or volunteer hours, if you are able to do so this year.  If you prefer to use a paper pledge form, please see your IC Keyworker for assistance.

    We are excited to see you “Show Some Love” in your costumes and “Be the Face of Change “in your imaginative and inspiring CFC Halloween masks.

    For additional information about this year’s Virtual Halloween Charity Fair and Mask Contest please contact us at or Debra Gale, NIH CFC Program Manager at 301-496-2370.

    Sign Language Interpreters will be provided. Individuals with disabilities who need reasonable accommodation to participate in this event should contact Shirley Coney-Johnson, OSPC/NIBIB,, 301-496-9208, and/or the Federal Relay (1-800-877-8339).

NIH Charities

NIH is one of the leading CFC contributors in the area, but we still need your help.  We can’t meet our goal without you!  Any amount you can give helps those in need!  Federal employees are encouraged to designate their contributions to as many as five charitable CFC organizations.  Support the NIH Charities!

Special Love/Camp Fantastic                                       #49642

Special Love’s mission is to provide support to children with cancer and their families. This is normally accomplished thru camp and adventure programs, but right now that is in jeopardy. No one can gather, let alone immune-compromised children. As we all do our part, by staying home to slow the spread of COVID-19, the need to communicate, share and feel supported is heightened, especially for a family battling pediatric cancer. We rose to this challenge and created VOICE (Virtual Online In-home Camp Experience), an ongoing program thru social media; and made our summer camps (BRASS Camp for siblings and Camp Fantastic for patients) completely online. We mailed a ‘Camp-in-a-Box’ to all campers and even hand delivered to some hospitals, filled with craft and woodworking supplies, games and more to enjoy with their families. The goals are to share a camp experience, help families connect, encourage time to unwind and take care of the body, and most importantly, provide the support they need. We are also proud to support families thru our Emergency Financial Relief Program and in the current climate has seen stories of strength and resilience, but unfortunately, also grief and uncertainty. Special Love has seen a drastic increase in requests and as of June 30th, Special Love provided more financial support to families as it did in all of 2019, and the requests continue to roll in.

The Children’s Inn                                                          #10324

The Children’s Inn at NIH is a nonprofit dedicated to providing a free “place like home” to children and young adults with rare and serious diseases, and their families, while they participate in NIH clinical research studies. Located on the NIH campus across from the NIH Clinical Center, The Children’s Inn provides free lodging, meals, recreational, educational and therapeutic services to more than 1,500 children and their families from across the United States and the world every year. In 2020, The Children’s Inn celebrates 30 years of being “INN it” for making childhood possible and advancing medical breakthroughs for a brighter tomorrow. Visit The Children’s Inn for more info. Contact The Inn if you would like someone to speak to your employees.

Friends of Patients at the NIH                                    #85994

Friends of Patients at the NIH provides emergency financial support to patients while they are receiving groundbreaking and life-saving treatments at the NIH Clinical Research Center.  We cover unmet needs so that the patients can focus on recovery, healing and fulfilling their crucial role partnering with the NIH researchers in advancing knowledge, discoveries and breakthroughs.

The Foundation for the NIH                                       #29165

Donors of the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH) help advance breakthrough biomedical discoveries and improve the quality of people’s lives in support of the mission of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the world’s largest biomedical research agency. As a 501(c)(3) charity chartered by Congress, the FNIH convenes scientific leaders, individuals, not-for-profits and corporations around biomedical research goals—all in an effort to respond to the most urgent priorities in human health, domestically and around the world.  By leveraging the vast resources of the NIH with research expertise, equipment, infrastructure and funding from the private sector, the FNIH builds and manages public-private partnerships across the biological spectrum of diseases and disorders, including Alzheimer’s disease, autism, cancer and lupus, among many others. The FNIH also supports the next generation of scientists by funding educational and training programs at the NIH and raises funds for the Edmond J. Safra Family Lodge, which provides free lodging to patients of the NIH Clinical Center and their families. The FNIH has consistently been recognized for demonstrating strong financial health and a commitment to accountability and transparency, earning Charity Navigator’s “Exceeds or Meets Industry Standards” rating for 17 years. Visit FNIH for more details.