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Frequently Asked Questions Combined Federal Campaign

Special Solicitations During Emergencies and Disasters

  • Because the special solicitation is outside of the CFC, the Federal department, agency, or component conducting the solicitation is responsible for the oversight and administration of the collection of contributions. The Local Federal Coordinating Committee (LFCC) can be contacted for assistance. OPM recommends that Federal departments and agencies holding a special solicitation request that the charitable organizations receiving funds from the solicitation be responsible for the collection and substantiation of all contributions.
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  • A request for donations under either the CFC or a special solicitation is made on behalf of charitable organizations that are tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of Internal Revenue Service regulations. The CFC regulations do not cover workplace solicitations made on behalf of individuals or their families. As a result, your department or agency does not need OPM's authorization for a solicitation to permit collection of funds for this purpose. However, Federal employees may only solicit funds for fellow employees in need subject to established ethics requirements and non-CFC solicitation requests affecting Federal buildings. We strongly encourage you to contact your agency's ethics counsel or General Counsel if you are planning such an activity.
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  • At a minimum, the request should include the following:
    • background on the emergency or disaster that is being addressed by the special solicitation;
    • information on the agency(ies) and location(s) where the special solicitation will be conducted;
    • dates on which the special solicitation will be conducted, and;
    • information on the charitable organization(s) that will be the recipient of special solicitation funds.
    To expedite the request, OPM recommends that the requesting department, agency, or component fax it to 202/606-5056. OPM urges departments and agencies to contact OPM's Office of the CFC at 202/606-2564 or cfc@opm.gov for assistance in the development and implementation of any special solicitation.
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  • Federal regulations, set forth at 5 CFR §950.102, state that the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) is the only authorized solicitation of employees in the Federal workplace on behalf of charitable organizations. Under an exception in this regulation, the Director of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) may grant permission for special solicitations of Federal employees, outside of the CFC, in support of victims in cases of emergencies and disasters. All requests must be made in writing and sent to: Director U.S. Office of Personnel Management 1900 E. Street, NW, Room 5450 Washington, DC 20415
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