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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. CFC is the world's largest and most successful annual workplace charity campaign, with almost 200 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 non-profit organizations that provide health and human service benefits throughout the world. 


When is the 2015 Campaign? 

The campaign runs from September 1 – December 15, 2015. 


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?

Donors to the CFC have the option of submitting a pledge via payroll deduction, cash, check, credit or debit card, or e-check/ACH. Pledges may be processed online or by completing a paper pledge form.  See our Pledging Tutorial for a step-by-step guide on how to submit a pledge to the CFC.


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 do not know which charities you selected on your pledge form and you created your pledge online, you may login and access your giving history HERE.

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 at 202-465-7261 or [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 140+ local CFC campaign 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.


When is the charity application deadline for the 2016 Campaign?

The application deadline for the 2016 Campaign has not yet been determined. Once the schedule has been set, it will be posted on the CFCNCA website by early fall 2015.


How do I contact the CFCNCA Help Desk?

You may contact CFCNCA by emailing [email protected] or calling 202-465-7230.