2019 ACTIVE DUTY FUND DRIVE IN SUPPORT OF THE NAVY-MARINE CORPS RELIEF SOCIETY:
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FM CNO WASHINGTON DC
INFO CNO WASHINGTON DC
SECNAV WASHINGTON DC
CMC WASHINGTON DC
PASS TO OFFICE CODES:
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SUBJ/2019 ACTIVE DUTY FUND DRIVE IN SUPPORT OF THE NAVY-MARINE CORPS RELIEF
REF/B/DOC/DOD WASHINGTON DC/17NOV2011//
AMPN/REF A IS SECNAVINST 5340.7A, ACTIVE DUTY FUND DRIVE IN SUPPORT OF THE
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. Per reference (a), all U.S. Navy commands and activities with Navy
and Marine Corps personnel will conduct an active duty fund drive in support
of the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS). This is your opportunity to
provide much needed funds for the direct benefit and support of our shipmates
and fellow Marines.
2. NMCRS does not receive government funding and depends upon the support of
active duty and retired Sailors and Marines to help those in need at home and
around the globe. Your contributions support interest-free loans and grants
for shipmates facing financial challenges, including those who have been
displaced by natural disasters and those who are dealing with family
To date in 2018, NMCRS used in excess of $1.6M of your donations to support
those impacted by Hurricane FLORENCE and the ongoing devastating effects of
the wildfires in California. Often the financial assistance provided by
NMCRS is the lifeline that makes the difference for Navy and Marine families
and keeps our Sailors and Marines focused on the mission when an unforeseen
financial crisis exceeds their ability to make ends meet.
3. Today, our Navy and Marine families are better prepared to address the
financial responsibility of marriage, the arrival of new family members, and
car and home ownership because of the budget counseling and financial
education provided by NMCRS volunteers.
4. For over a century, our society has kept faith with Sailors and Marines.
The annual March fund drive is your opportunity to help your brothers and
sisters in arms. The campaign theme, "By our own - for our own"
embodies our shared commitment to take care of our shipmates and fellow
Marines. I am grateful for those who have given generously in the past and
confident that working together we can achieve even more in 2019.
5. As addressed in further detail below, Sailors and Marines are authorized
to endorse, support, and participate in membership drives and fundraising
events as long as commands and organizations uphold the Department of the
Navy's policy of truly voluntary giving during the NMCRS fundraising
a. Commands and organizations are reminded to review the regulations
governing fundraising for NMCRS to properly determine which activities are
permissible during the fund drive. Per reference (a), authorized NMCRS
fundraising activities include, but are not limited to command-sponsored
raffles, lotteries, bake sales, car washes, gently used baby clothing sales,
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 through achieving 100 percent meaningful contact through speeches,
meetings, and videos. Limited appropriated fund support is permissible for
kick-off events, award ceremonies, and other non-solicitation events to build
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 actions that do not allow, or create the
appearance that Service Members do not have, a free choice to give or not to
give; or any actions that do not allow, or create the appearance, that
service nembers do not have, a free choice to publicize their gifts or keep
them confidential are also prohibited. The following fundraising activities
are also 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
c. Unit coordinators for the NMCRS fund drive should consult their
JAG/ethics counselor for further guidance with regard to specific questions.
6. The roadmap to success is assigning motivated fund drive coordinators and
key people to ensure 100 percent of our Sailors and Marines are afforded the
opportunity to learn about the NMCRS mission and the critically important
programs and services they provide to our Sailors, Marines, and their
families. Best Practices and Lessons Learned from the 2018 NMCRS may be
viewed at http://www.secnav.navy.mil/donaa/pages/campaigns.aspx.
7. Our leaders, both Officer and Enlisted, are the best in the world, and I
am confident that with their active support and engagement, NMCRS will remain
positioned to continue the important work of helping our Sailors, Marines,
and their families. I encourage all who are able to consider making a
contribution through payroll allotment, online credit card or cash to help
our brothers and sisters in need - we need to take full advantage of this
annual opportunity to help our shipmates and fellow Marines through the 2019
8. Released by Mrs. Steffanie B. Easter, Director, Navy Staff.//