What is the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC)?
The CFC is the official workplace giving campaign of the Federal government. The mission of the CFC is to promote and support philanthropy through a program that is employee focused, cost-efficient and effective in providing Federal employees the opportunity to improve the quality of life for all. The CFC is the world's largest and most successful annual workplace charity campaign, with 125 CFCs throughout the country and overseas raising millions of dollars each year. Pledges made by Federal civilian, postal and military donors during the campaign season support eligible nonprofit organizations that provide health and human service benefits throughout the world.
Why is the CFC important?
Over the past 55 years, Federal employees contributed more than $8 billion through regional CFCs across America. The CFC of the National Capital Area (CFCNCA) is the largest of the CFCs. Last year, Federal employees generously pledged more than $46 million to charities through the CFCNCA.
When is the 2016 campaign?
The campaign runs from Sept. 1 – Dec. 15, 2016.
Who can donate to the CFC?
Federal workers, retirees and government contractors are eligible to donate to the CFC.
How can a donor make a pledge to the CFC?
Pledges can be recurring or one-time donations and are made online or by paper pledge form. When giving online, you can contribute through the CFC by payroll deduction, credit card, debit card or eCheck. When giving using a paper pledge form, you can contribute through the CFC by payroll deduction, cash or check.
Is there a minimum donation?
There is a $1 minimum per pay period for payroll deduction.
Will I receive a confirmation of my pledge and a tax receipt?
If you pledged by payroll deduction, you will not receive a tax receipt. For tax purposes, you will need to pair the names of the charities you designated (as shown on your pledge form) with the total amount deducted from your paychecks for the year, which can be found on your final leave and earning statement.
If you made a donation by one-time or recurring debit/credit/ACH, you will need a copy of the receipt that was automatically emailed to you for tax purposes. For a recurring donation, you will need that email receipt, along with copies of your monthly credit card or bank statement for tax purposes.
If you made a donation by cash or check and would like a tax receipt, please contact the Finance Department by emailing [email protected]
Can I donate to more than one charity?
Yes. Donors may support as many charitable organizations as they would like in one single pledge. You may choose how funds are allocated to each charity.
What are the eligibility requirements for a charity to participate in the CFC?
To be eligible to participate in the CFC, each charitable organization must be designated as a tax-exempt non-profit organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. An application to participate in the CFC must provide specific information about their auditing, governance and program functions, as specified in the CFC regulations. Applicants must also provide a completed and signed copy of their IRS Form 990 for their most recent fiscal year.
To participate in one of the around 125 local CFC regional areas, as opposed to being nationally eligible and participating in every campaign area, a charitable organization must be able to demonstrate that it has a "substantial" program presence within the campaign's (or an adjacent campaign's) geographical boundaries or within the state of the campaign. Charities may apply to participate in the CFC individually (as an "independent organization"), or they may be represented by a "federation." A federation is a coalition of individual charities with similar missions that align to minimize administrative costs and coordinate activities. All CFC application and participation requirements that apply to individual charities also apply to federations. In addition, federations must demonstrate that they have at least 15 CFC member organizations that meet the CFC eligibility criteria.
Why do charities love the CFC?
Charities truly love the CFC. It is a critical source of revenue and an inexpensive way to attract new donors. Charities require diverse streams of income, including foundations, corporations, direct mail, special events and the CFC. CFC donations are especially treasured because they are unrestricted funds, allowing nonprofit organizations to effectively respond to community needs. Equally important, CFC donations provide charities with a source of funding received throughout the year.
How do I choose a charity to support?
The charity search function on cfcnca.org can help you find the right charity for you. Search for causes that interest you and get a list of charities that support that cause, then make your donation online or by filling out a paper pledge form.
What happens to undesignated donations?
All undesignated donations are combined and shared proportionately among all charities and federations that received designations.
When is the charity application deadline for the 2017 campaign?
The application deadline for the 2017 campaign has not yet been determined. Once the schedule has been set, it will be posted on the CFCNCA website.
How can I get help or more information?
CFCNCA Help Desk