by Washington Post Editors

The 2010 Combined Federal Campaign raised more than $281.5 million for charities, and Tuesday federal employees got their kudos at a White House ceremony. Those efforts yielded only less than half-percent of the record-setting 2009 results of $282.6 million.

In announcing the 2010 donations in April, the Office of Personnel Management praised the campaign, noting its success despite a tough economic year and an overall drop in the nation’s charitable giving.

On Tuesday, OPM’s John Berry honored 26 CFC personnel and


volunteers, recognizing 11 individuals, nine campaigns with the largest increase in pledges from 2009, and five campaigns for their innovation.

“Federal employees show their generosity every year in the hundreds of millions of dollars they give to our nation’s charities, helping those who need it most,” Berry said in a statement. “These campaigns and individuals went above and beyond, making CFC such an enormous success. All federal workers can be proud of their accomplishments and dedication.”

This year is CFC’s 50th anniversary, and Berry has formed a commission to study improving the program. The campaign was founded in 1961, and federal civilian, postal and military personnel contribute. The CFC has 199 campaigns around the world. CFC has raised $7 billion since 1961, according to OPM.

Here’s a list of honorees:

Campaigns recognized for innovation include:

· Central California CFC,

· CFC of the National Capital Area,

· Northern California CFC,

· North Coast CFC, and

· CFC Overseas.

Campaigns recognized for increase in pledges include:

· CFC of South Puget Sound,

· North Central Kentucky - Southern Indiana - Fort Knox CFC,

· Greater Chattanooga Area CFC,

· Lowcountry CFC,

· Rio Grande Valley CFC,

· Greater Southwest Texas CFC,

· Rowan/Iredell CFC,

· CFC of North Shenandoah Valley, and

· Eastern Panhandle CFC.

Individuals recognized at the ceremony include:

· Chet Boutelle (North Coast CFC),

· Joyce Bryant (Central Ohio and West Virginia CFC),

· Kyle Clements (Intermountain CFC),

· Yolanda Dangerfield (Metropolitan Atlanta CFC),

· Dorassa Fields (South Hampton Roads CFC),

· Landa Harris (Texas Gulf Coast CFC),

· Christine Nunez (CFC Overseas),

· Keith Roers (Southern California CFC),

· Elizabeth Staggs (Miami Valley CFC),

· Marquis Travis (CFC Overseas),

· Lisa Tucker (CFC Overseas), and

· Linda Siegle (Chesapeake Bay Area CFC)