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OPM has opened a special solicitation through the Combined Federal Campaign for donations to charities working on relief efforts related to the Coronavirus pandemic, saying that “organizations providing critical services during this national emergency are struggling with reduced resources.”

Donations will be accepted through June 30 to the same 6,000 charities that participated in last fall’s CFC, said a memo to agencies urging them to encourage their employees to donate through https://cfcgiving.opm.gov/welcome.


“Federal reviewers vetted these qualified 501(c)(3) organizations, which are now working overtime, assisting people who need food as well as other day-to-day needs. They also are experiencing challenges due to the pandemic. The CFC is uniquely positioned to supplement the federal government’s overall response by allowing employees to pledge additional resources to these vetted charities and to those that are actively responding throughout the world to various community needs as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak,” it said.

Donations can be made both by those who did not pledge during that drive or for additional amounts by those who did. Those who pledged by payroll allotments last fall can make additional donations with electronic credit, debit, or bank draft since those payroll pledges cannot now be increased.

All contributions will be made directly to the charities with no distribution fee, OPM said.

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