Fedweek

President Obama has issued an executive order that seeks to boost the annual Combined Federal Campaign, the official federal workplace charity drive that has been declining in recent years, although the changes won’t be effective until next fall’s drive. One change would allow federal retirees to participate, including by making donations through withholdings from their annuities in the same way as active employees donate through payroll withholding. The other would allow federal employees to pledge to perform volunteer service with charitable organizations in lieu of a monetary donation and that time would be counted toward fundraising goals, based on the value of the volunteer’s time. Federal employees and military personnel donated $178 million in 2015 but that has decreased steadily in recent years from a peak of more than $280 million a year in 2009-2010, and there have been similar decreases in the number of local campaigns and the number of contributors. The changes flow from a 2011 report reviewing the program that previously resulted in changes including allowing donations to local charities in other areas.