2023 ACTIVE DUTY FUND DRIVE IN SUPPORT OF THE NAVY-MARINE CORPS RELIEF SOCIETY:
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SUBJ/2023 ACTIVE DUTY FUND DRIVE IN SUPPORT OF THE NAVY-MARINE CORPS RELIEF
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NARR/REF A IS SECNAVINST 5340.7A, ACTIVE DUTY FUND DRIVE IN SUPPORT OF
NAVY-MARINE CORPS RELIEF SOCIETY.
REF B IS DOD 5500.07-R, JOINT ETHICS REGULATION.
REF C IS STANDARDS OF ETHICAL CONDUCT FOR EMPLOYEES OF THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH,
FUNDRAISING ACTIVITIES (5 C.F.R. 2635.808).//
RMKS/1. For almost 119 years, NMCRS has helped Sailors and Marines in
hard times. The campaign theme, "By Our Own, For Our Own," embodies our
shared commitment to take care of our Shipmates and fellow Marines.
This year, the 2023 Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS) Active Duty
Fund Drive (ADFD) will be conducted from 1 March to 30 April 2023.
2. The confidential financial assistance NMCRS provides to our Sailors
and Marines gives peace of mind when a financial crisis exceeds their
financial ability and keeps them mission ready. Your contributions
support interest-free loans and grants for Shipmates and Marines facing
financial challenges, including those dealing with basic living expense
issues and family emergencies. In 2022, NMCRS saw an extraordinary
increase in the need for support, providing approximately 40,000 Sea
Service members with more than $42 million in relief. The Society does
not receive government funding; it relies on the support of Active Duty and
retired Sailors and Marines, and other benefactors.
3. The budget counseling and financial education provided by NMCRS
volunteers allows our Navy and Marine Corps families to be better prepared
to address the financial responsibility of adding a new family member or
being prepared for emergencies.
4. The roadmap to success requires engaged leadership and management
at all levels. Early assignment of motivated fund drive coordinators
and key people will ensure we have sufficient time to reach 100 percent
of our Sailors and Marines. Staying engaged throughout the drive is
imperative to meeting the goal of 100 percent meaningful contact.
Leadership must ensure that our Sailors and Marines have the opportunity
to learn about the critically important programs and services provided by
NMCRS and offered the opportunity to donate.
5. During the NMCRS ADFD, Sailors and Marines are authorized to endorse,
support and participate in fundraising events, but commands and organizations
must uphold the Department of the Navy's policy of truly voluntary giving.
a. Commands and organizations are reminded to review the regulations
governing fundraising for NMCRS to determine which activities are permissible
during the fund drive. Authorized ADFD fundraising activities in support of
NMCRS include, but are not limited to command-sponsored raffles, lotteries,
bake sales, car washes, or bowling tournaments. Fundraising events must be
conducted on Department of Defense owned or leased property; otherwise, the
event loses its "By Our Own, For Our Own" designation and cannot be
command-endorsed. Commands and organizations are also strongly encouraged to
communicate the benefits of NMCRS and its programs and achieving 100 percent
meaningful contact through speeches, meetings, and videos, both in person and
shared on social media. Limited appropriated fund support is permissible for
kick-off events, award ceremonies, and other non-solicitation events to build
support and awareness.
b. References (a) through (c) prohibit any coercive activities counter
to the policy of truly voluntary giving, such as setting unit-level dollar
goals or participation goals. Any action, or perceived action, that does not
allow Service Members to have free choice to give or not to give, or any
action, or perceived action that Service Members do not have a free choice to
keep their gifts confidential is prohibited. The following fundraising
activities are prohibited: selling civilian clothes privileges or special
liberty, raffling government parking spaces, sponsoring casino-like games of
chance, soliciting civilian or contractor personnel, or soliciting outside of
the federal workplace. Civilian or contractor personnel are allowed to
support the ADFD through online donations and participation in fundraisers,
but may not be solicited to do so.
c. Coordinators for the NMCRS ADFD should consult their JAG or ethics
counselor for further guidance with regard to specific questions.
6. I am confident that with the active support and engagement of our
leadership during the ADFD, NMCRS will remain positioned to continue the
critical work of helping our Sailors, Marines and their families.
There are numerous ways to make a contribution through either payroll
allotment, online credit card, or cash to help our brothers and sisters in
need. We should take full advantage of this annual opportunity to help our
Shipmates and fellow Marines through the 2023 ADFD campaign.
7. Released by Admiral Michael M. Gilday, Chief of Naval Operations.//