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'Lend a Hand' event to boost federal giving

By Ed O'Keefe

The federal government's Combined Federal Campaign is the world's largest workplace giving campaign, but dozens of Washington-based charities are hoping to gin up new financial support among younger federal workers less likely to participate.

The federal social networking site GovLoop and Washington City Paper are co-hosting the "Lend a Hand" happy hour next Thursday at the U Street Music Hall. Already representatives of 30 charities have signed up to attend the event -- NOT to explicitly fundraise or ask for donations, but to simply mix and mingle with federal workers who plan to attend.

"This event is designed to put you in the same room with 30 charities so that you can shake hands and learn more about their awesome work," according to the happy hour invite.

"The traditional CFC process is targeted to the older workforce with paper booklets, bake sales, and big charts just focusing on the agency goal," said GovLoop founder Steve Ressler. "This doesn't address the younger audience that cares more about volunteering, the mission and faces, and giving online and with new tools."

The hope is that the happy hour helps cast the CFC in the same "cool" spirit as online charity sites CharityWater.org, Kiva.org or Good Magazine, Ressler said.

Do you give to the CFC? Why or why not? Would a happy hour help convince you to give more? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below

By Ed O'Keefe  | October 5, 2010; 9:00 AM ET
Categories:  Workplace Issues  
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