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It’s that time of year again! Time to “show some love.”

I am happy to announce that online giving through the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) site is officially open! Employees may now visit https://cfcgiving.opm.gov/welcome - a brand new, centralized giving portal for all potential CFC contributors across the nation - to create their own profile, research charities, and then choose how they would like to support the causes they care about most by donating money or volunteer time. The site will also give Federal employees better access to manage their pledge information, charity payments, and more.

The CFC is one of the largest and most successful workplace fundraising campaigns in the world, and how rewarding is it that we have the opportunity to participate as Federal employees. Over the past 56 years, the CFC has raised $8.2 billion to help those in need around the corner, across the nation, and throughout the world.

However, as times change, the way things are done also change. For all the generosity of the past 55 years, something was missing.  People were still giving millions of dollars a year through the campaign but fewer people were participating.  At OPM, we asked, “What could we do to get back on a better, stronger trajectory that will set the CFC up for its next 55 years of success?”

Thanks to the CFC 50 Commission and the support of CFC Director Keith Willingham, former Commission members, and people like you, we put together a plan to strengthen the integrity, the operation and effectiveness of the CFC.

This new regulatory framework revitalizes the CFC by doing several things: eliminating many of the redundant systems (and costs) from more than 120 different markets by having one online charity application and employee donation system; reducing costs as we phase out the paper systems in the next five years; increasing the accountability and transparency of CFC and all the charities by reflecting costs up front with fees for charities who elect to participate; maintaining the pool of committed donors by staying close to our employees when they retire; and growing that pool by bringing in new donors as we appeal to them to pledge through the CFC AND to volunteer as your ability warrants.

We think the volunteer aspect is very important. Independent Sector tells us that about 63 million Americans gave 8 billion hours of volunteer service. I am sure that Federal employees are a big component of that volunteering workforce.  Finally, I’d like to stress that with this new online system, security was also foremost in our mind.  Not only will we lower campaign costs and get donations to charities more quickly but we will do so through a platform that safeguards donor information.

The CFC exists so you can donate to causes that are near and dear to your heart. We just made it easier to do so. I invite you to explore the CFC new online donation website, and I thank you in advance for showing some love.


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