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December 14, 2015

Finance Controversy Hits Giving to State Charity Drive in Fla.

Florida state employees rescinded donations totaling more than $172,000 to their workplace charity campaign amid media reports that more than half the money raised goes to a for-profit management company, according to the Tallahassee Democrat. The 541 gifts removed nearly a quarter of the money pledged to the Florida State Employees' Charitable Campaign, which ended up raising $545,003, the lowest tally in more than 30 years.

With the lowered collection, Solix, the New Jersey firm that took over management of the campaign in 2013, will receive nearly 72 cents of each dollar donated. The company's fees — this year amounting to nearly $390,000 — are based on its costs rather than a percentage of the fundraising total, which has plunged in recent years. The newspaper's prior coverage of Solix's fees prompted state lawmakers to call for changes in how the charity drive is administered.