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Glendora, CA - Dec 2020: A volunteer loads goods into the trunk of a vehicle during a drive thru food bank. The CFC is the only official government-sponsored solicitation in the federal workplace and for military personnel.

After years of sometimes sharp declines in the Combined Federal Campaign, contributions rates leveled off in 2020, OPM has reported.

Federal employees and military personnel committed to donating $81.6 million plus the equivalent of $2 million in volunteer hours during last fall’s campaign, compared with a total value of $86.4 million in 2019. An additional $2.5 million was pledged during a special solicitation last spring related to the pandemic; a special solicitation related to the recent severe winter storms in Texas and nearby states is currently ongoing.

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Those figures however still are down substantially from a decade ago, when total donations were in the $270 million-$280 million range, despite changes of recent years including wider online giving and allowing donations to regional participating charities regardless of the donor’s place of residence. Despite those changes and the CFC’s automatic payroll deduction feature, some employees have said they prefer to make donations directly rather than through the CFC.

The CFC is the only official government-sponsored solicitation in the federal workplace and for military personnel.

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