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Giving guidance

Be mindful of donations rules

The Combined Federal Campaign supports thousands of charitable organizations.

’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 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.

For a more detailed description of the rules related to giving and the workplace, email the CFC team at or the Ethics team at