Executive order opens CFC to volunteer time, retiree donations
- By FederalSoup Staff
- Oct 14, 2016
President Obama issued an executive order that makes two key changes to the Combined Federal Campaign program aimed at broadening participation in next year’s effort.
The first change outlined in the Oct. 13 order broadens the scope of charities’ solicitations beyond asking for monetary donations by also allowing charities to ask federal employees and members of the uniformed services to pledge volunteer time.
Under the order, those volunteer hours will be “monetized” by giving each hour of volunteer time an estimated monetary value that will count toward the total amount raised by CFC campaigns.
The second change revises the rules to permit federal retirees to participate in the CFC—including allowing donations through monthly annuity payments.
The order also replaces the term “voluntary organizations” with “voluntary health and welfare organizations.”
“These changes will allow more federal, postal, and military personnel to give back to their communities, whether through their checkbooks or with their time,” said Office of Personnel Management acting Director Beth Cobert. “And by adding an easy option to allow our more than 2 million federal annuitants to participate in the CFC through their annuities, we hope to raise even more money for these worthy causes from employees that choose to donate over the course of their career and into retirement.”
The changes will take effect in September 2017.