’Tis the season of giving — and a good time to remember the rules guiding USPS employees on charitable donations.
Here are some things to keep in mind:
• The Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) is the only authorized solicitation of employees in the workplace. Employees may make donations online at givecfc.org or opt for payroll deductions.
• Raffles and drawings may be used to incentivize CFC participation. Prizes must not be valued at more than $25 and cannot include the exchange of cash (for example, the purchase of a raffle ticket).
• There are restrictions around fundraising for non-CFC charitable or nonprofit organizations. Employees must be off duty and outside the workplace using nonpostal resources, and they may not use a job title in any effort to support outside fundraising activities.
• Employees cannot be coerced into donating. This includes direct requests and indirect assessments of participation. Even when fundraising apart from the CFC, do not solicit a subordinate or an outside source that does business or is seeking to do business with the Postal Service.