Federal charitable giving down slightly

In the wake of a slumping economy, a government-wide charitable giving campaign fell just short last year of matching records set in 2009.

The Combined Federal Campaign, considered the largest workplace giving campaign in the world, collected $281.5 million in 2010 from federal civilian, military and postal employees, down from the record $282.6 million collected the year before.

Last year’s CFC included 209 giving regions across the U.S. and overseas, benefiting about 25,000 charities, according to the Office of Personnel Management.

Regions with the largest percentage increases in giving included South Puget Sound in Washington State, a region comprising parts of Kentucky, Indiana and Tennessee and a region in South Carolina.

Now in its 50th year, the CFC giving season runs annually from September through mid-December. Workers may select from thousands of charities and nonprofit organizations that meet strict accountability and eligibility standards. OPM said federal employees have donated about $7 billion through the program since it began in 1961.

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Ed O’Keefe is covering the 2016 presidential campaign, with a focus on Jeb Bush and other Republican candidates. He's covered presidential and congressional politics since 2008. Off the trail, he's covered Capitol Hill, federal agencies and the federal workforce, and spent a brief time covering the war in Iraq.
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