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Friday, May 31, 2013

Medical Cannabis Charity Accepted for Southeastern Michigan Area Combined Federated Campaign

May 17, 2013, Royal Oak, MI – The Officers and Board of Directors of Michigan Compassion are pleased to announce their successful application to participate in the Southeastern Michigan Area Combined Federal Campaign (CFC.) The CFC is the nation’s largest workplace charitable giving program made-up of all State and federal agencies in a 9 county region including the Metropolitan Detroit counties. Michigan Compassion is one of 2,500 other public charities accepted to participate in the program in the Southeastern Michigan Region but the first Medical Cannabis charity to be accepted in any of the 200 nationwide regions.

According to Heidi Parikh, Executive Director of Michigan Compassion, “this opportunity is entirely unique to the medical cannabis movement throughout the entire country. Not only is this a coveted fundraising opportunity for a young charity but Michigan Compassion is going to learn the real pulse of the State and federal government on medical cannabis through direct feedback and charitable giving by its employees.”

Employee participation in a CFC campaign is voluntary and charities are selected for contributions based on individual preferences. The 2011 Southeastern Michigan CFC raised over $2.3 million. “This is also a great opportunity to pursue our mission of education to a very large audience. I think a lot of people will be interested in learning about Michigan Compassion’s program,” Parikh said.        

Michigan Compassion is a 501(c)(3) exempt organization. Their mission is to increase awareness and understanding through education, information and advocacy of all the medical benefits and healing properties of Cannabis. They are the first medical marijuana public charity in Michigan and only 1 of 4 in the United States to have received federal exemption. Michigan Compassion’s main program for 2013 is its Medical Cannabis Awareness project which includes a media strategy, high profile educational symposiums, community outreach and education programs, as well as its weekly public meetings which the organization has consistently held since 2009. For more information on Michigan Compassion visit the website or view the Charity Report on Guidestar :

The mission of the CFC is to promote and support philanthropy through a program that is employee focused, cost-efficient, and effective in providing all federal employees the opportunity to improve the quality of life for all. CFC is the world's largest and most successful annual workplace charity campaign, with more than 200 CFC campaigns throughout the country and internationally to help to raise millions of dollars each year. Pledges made by Federal civilian, postal and military donors during the campaign season (September 1st to December 15th) support eligible non-profit organizations that provide health and human service benefits throughout the world.

Heidi Parikh, Executive Director, Michigan Compassion

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