Annual Federal Charity Drive Launches With Tempered Expectations

Annual Federal Charity Drive Launches With Tempered Expectations

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The Combined Federal Campaign — the 52nd annual federal employee charity drive — kicked into gear this week, hoping to reverse the recent trend of decreasing donations and participation. But the fundraiser comes during an ongoing pay freeze and the mandatory furloughs of hundreds of thousands of workers.

Elaine Kaplan, acting director of the Office of Personnel Management — which administers the CFC — sent a memorandum to human resources representatives across government, spelling out tips to encourage employees and managers to play their part in making the 2013 campaign a success. Kaplan suggested playing up the ability to spread out donations over the entire year, the ease of giving online and the message CFC sends to Americans about the benevolence of federal employees. Managers should encourage their employees to not just donate but volunteer on the operational side of the campaign, she said. Continue reading “Annual Federal Charity Drive Launches With Tempered Expectations”

Poll: Feds are fed up with charity campaign

Poll: Feds are fed up with charity campaign

 
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Most federal employees said they don’t plan to donate money to charities this year through the Combined Federal Campaign, according to an informal Government Executive poll.

Sixty percent of 1,529 respondents indicated feds would not contribute to the government’s annual program to raise money for charities while 28 percent said they would give money and 12 percent were undecided. The poll, posted online on Aug. 30, asked respondents four questions about their past and future contributions to CFC and tallied individual votes for each query. The results are as of Sept. 10.

The poll also showed that a government pay freeze and proposals to increase the amount they contribute to their pensions are taking a toll on federal employees’ good will — at least as it relates to giving to charities through CFC. Fifty-seven percent of 1,324 respondents surveyed said concerns over changes to pay and benefits would affect their decision to contribute to the campaign in 2012. Of that total, 34 percent said threats to pay and benefits would not affect their decision to donate, while 9 percent were undecided. Continue reading “Poll: Feds are fed up with charity campaign”

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