A panel commissioned to propose reforms to the Combined Federal Campaign has recommended shifting administrative costs for the U.S. government’s workplace charity drive from donors to the recipient nonprofit groups, The Washington Post and Federal Times report.
Among 24 recommendations, the panel, headed by Tom Davis, a former congressman from Virginia, and Beverly Byron, a former congresswoman from Maryland, calls for charities to take on “the burden of CFC costs” through a flat application or participation fee. Operational expenses are currently borne by federal workers through deductions from their donations.
The group, empaneled last year to mark the campaign’s 50th anniversary, also suggested expanding the CFC’s donor base to include federal and military retirees and extending the drive by a month. Collections have dropped from a record $282.6-million in 2009 to $272.7 million last year, and participation has declined to fewer than a quarter of federal employees.