An Executive Order issued late last week will add two new avenues for employees and retirees to contribute to charities through the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC), the more than 50-year-old workplace giving program administered by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) for federal workers.
In an effort to revitalize participation in the program, beginning in 2017, retirees will be able to make contributions through annuity payments, while current employees will be able to credit volunteer time for CFC charities toward their agencies’ giving goals. Acting OPM Director Beth Cobert said that she hopes the new options help “raise even more money for these worthy causes from employees that choose to donate over the course of their career and into retirement.”
Overall, pledges in 2015 were estimated to be $177.8 million, a 37 percent drop from the decade-best of $282.6 million in pledges in 2009. The CFC is the largest workplace charity campaign in the United States and the only campaign authorized to solicit and collect contributions from federal employees in the workplace on behalf of charitable organizations. Pledges made by federal workers during an annual solicitation period support eligible 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations that provide health and human service benefits throughout the world.
Source: Federal Times