Postal Service employees pledged $6.7 million during the most recent Combined Federal Campaign (CFC), the highest amount of any single federal government agency. The average pledge from a USPS employee was $283.
The annual CFC allows federal employees, retirees and contractors to contribute to more than 6,000 charitable organizations.
The most recent campaign was held from September 2019 through January 2020, although a special solicitation opened in April and will continue through June to aid charities affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
Donations raised during the special solicitation will be added to the 2019-20 CFC totals.
The Postal Service wanted to raise $8.2 million during the most recent campaign. While contributions were down 13 percent from the 2018-19 cycle, donations were up 14 percent from the 2017-18 drive.
USPS reported its tally for 2019-20 last week.
The data also show postal employees pledged more than 10,300 volunteer hours to CFC charities, exceeding the hours pledged during the previous cycle by more than 230 percent. The volunteer hours pledged by USPS — valued at more than $191,630 — represent approximately 8.5 percent of the hours pledged across all federal agencies this year.
Throughout the 2019-20 campaign, postal workers shared stories of the support their families received from a variety of organizations.
“As the past two years have shown, the generosity of USPS employees is unmatched. While our average pledge isn’t as high as that of other federal agencies, USPS employees always give whatever they can. The power of our caring postal community helps thousands of charities every year to bring hope and help to those who need it,” said Kathleen Harper, a human resources program and policy analyst at USPS headquarters in Washington, DC, who oversees the organization’s CFC efforts.
Since its inception in 1961, the CFC has raised more than $8.4 billion to support charitable organizations around the world.
The 2020-21 CFC campaign is slated to begin in the fall.