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Record-Setting Number of Federal Workers Contribute to Charitable Causes

berryThe Office of Personnel Management last week announced a record-setting level of charitable giving by federal employees through the Combined Federal Campaign, amounting to nearly $282.6 million in pledges to nonprofit programs in 2009.

Presenting 25 awards to federal workers whose work contributed to raising the funds, OPM Director John Berry said just as federal employees work for the American public in communities throughout the nation, they also give back to these same communities through programs such as the Combined Federal Campaign.

“I am proud to recognize the volunteer efforts of federal employees, whose donations through the CFC program represent the largest workplace charity program in the world,” Berry said.

The OPM director recognized nine regional CFC campaigns for recording the largest increase in CFC pledges in 2009 over pledges in 2008. Five campaigns were highlighted for taking innovative measures to encourage employee contributions, while 10 federal employees were awarded special recognition for their leadership on behalf of the program.

In a letter to award recipients, President Barack Obama noted how despite difficult economic times, many Americans “still selflessly offer all they are able to give and your donations through the Combined Federal Campaign demonstrate the true heart and spirit of federal workers.”

With more than 300 campaigns throughout the country, the Combined Federal Campaign is the world’s largest annual workplace charity campaign. Pledges made by federal civilian, postal and military donors during the campaign season support eligible nonprofit organizations providing health and human service benefits throughout the world. Since its birth in 1961, the campaign has raised more than $6 billion in charitable donations.

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