For the first time, employees of the federal government will have the option to choose a payroll deduction benefiting a marijuana-related charity in the government's annual Combined Federal Campaign Catalog Charity Listing.
Michigan Compassion, a federally-recognized 501c(3) non-profit entity, will be included in the catalog that is distributed annually to federal military, postal and civilian employees. The Campaign allows employees to payroll deduct their charitable contribution; other Catalog charities include the Red Cross, Boy Scouts of America and the American Cancer Society.
None of this would be possible if not for Michigan Compassion's unique federal non-profit status. Michigan Compassion co-founder Amish Parikh says, "Ultimately what opened the door was providing information about (longtime federal cannabis patient) Irv Rosenfeld to the Executive Director of the CFC Campaign. After a lengthy application process and background checks, Michigan Compassion has been approved to be the first medical cannabis federal non-profit to be approved for the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) Catalog Charity Listing."
The Michigan Compassion listing will appear in the Southeastern Michigan CFC catalog. There are over 200 CFC listings across the USA and worldwide, each offering local non-profits and national charities to the federal employees in the region. The Campaign season runs from September 1 through December 15, 2013.
"Once September arrives the hard work begins as we start educating federal employees across southeast Michigan, the Toledo region, Flint, Lansing, Kalamazoo, and Mid-Michigan," said Parikh. The Campaign is much more than just a catalog- it includes 175 Fairs in government building all across the region. These Fairs are opportunities for charities to impress potential donors and for Michigan Compassion to introduce people to the concept of alternative uses for the cannabis plant. Michigan Compassion plans to participate in fairs at Selfridge ANG Base, various Post Offices and Veterans Affairs buildings and at the Federal Building in Detroit.
More information about the CFC Catalog program, and a listing of Fair appearances, will be available on Michigan Compassion's website in the future.
Source: The Compassion Chronicles