During pandemic and job loss, don’t forget to give...

Each fall, federal employees make the effort to contribute to their favorite charities and causes through the Combined Federal Campaign.

This year—with so many families across the country savaged by COVID job disruptions, illnesses and even deaths—charity offered by those that are lucky enough have made it through the storm with some resources and gainful employment is more important than ever. Don’t forget: Millions of people remain without work, and with their unemployment insurance and government assistance exhausted, as a direct consequence of the pandemic and at best its uneven management.

Of course, in 2020 as in previous years, many feds focused their philanthropy on an increasingly popular day heralding millions of dollars of gifts made in small increments by ordinary working people—Giving Tuesday, Dec. 1. But, if you somehow missed the date—not hard to do, given the disrupted state of many of our lives—it’s not a problem. You can still go to the same websites, and go right ahead and contribute. 

“This fall, the CFC solicitation period will run from September 21, 2020, through January 15, 2021,” as the Office of Personnel Management’s memo on CFC to federal agencies notes. 

Which charity or charities you give to is, of course, your choice. As CFC’s leaders put it on the organization’s website, “Thousands of organizations turn to the CFC for support from everyday philanthropists like you.” Just choose among the many worthy causes—browse or search through them via the campaign’s portal.

Some federal employee organizations simply remind you to give. Some others are making specific recommendations to their members.

For example, the National Treasury Employees Union, is not only reminding feds to participate in the CFC—it’s also putting its thumb on the scale that at least one of your gifts might go to an organization that’s particularly dear to many feds: the Federal Employee Education and Assistance Fund. 

“[P]lease consider supporting the Federal Employee Education and Assistance Fund (FEEA),” a post on the NTEU website suggests. “Your gift will help federal employees dealing with pandemic-related issues, as well as those struggling financially due to natural disasters or other unforeseen events.”

The union notes that since its beginnings in the 1980s, FEEA has provided over 11,000 scholarships to feds and their families.

Reader comments

Thu, Dec 3, 2020

glad this reminder came up on my feed. i totally forgot. been ignoring the emails.

Thu, Dec 3, 2020

This si going to be a very cruel Christmas for many people no matter what you do.

Thu, Dec 3, 2020

It's pretty hard to give when federal workers continue to get 0%-2% pay raises while premiums for healthcare increase by 8% or higher. Federal employees are very generous when we are not battling day to day trying to make it ourselves.

Thu, Dec 3, 2020 Jim

This is something everyone should help out with.

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