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Combined Federal Campaign Donating Through CFC

 

Overview

Thank you for contributing through the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC). Your tax deductible donations support thousands of worthy causes.

The CFC is comprised of 30+ zones throughout the United States and overseas. Each of these zones has a unique list of participating charitable organizations. Please log into the donor pledging site: https://cfcgiving.opm.gov/welcome or contact your local CFC Outreach Coordinator for the complete CFC Charity List.

Resources

If you would like more information about the finances, services, benefits or programs a CFC-participating organization provides, you may contact the organization directly using the information provided in the CFC Donor Pledging System or the charity listing available through your local campaign office.

Charitable Organization Accountability Resources

Trends in Giving and Volunteering in the Nonprofit Sector

Glossary

Administrative Expenses, PCFO Expenses, Campaign Expenses, or CFC Expenses
All documented expenses identified in the PCFO application relating to the conduct of a local CFC and approved by the LFCC in accordance with these regulations.
Agency, Voluntary Agency or Charity
A non-profit, philanthropic, human health and welfare organization.
Agency Coordinator
Federal employee generally responsible for overseeing key worker activities and working with the PCFO to conduct the solicitation at his/her agency.
Campaign Cycle/Period
A time reference for CFC campaigns that consists of a two-year reporting period which marks the beginning of a campaign and the end of a campaign. Depending on when the PCFO is selected by the LFCC, most campaigns will begin operation on or around March 15 of the first year of the campaign and end around March 14 two years later, depending on the final disbursement for the campaign. For example, March 15, 2012 begins the fall 2012 campaign and March 14, 2013 marks the end of the fall 2012 campaign. More generally, the annual campaign runs between September 1st and December 15th. Actual dates are determined by the LFCC and PCFO and may vary from one campaign to another.
Central Campaign Administrator
Performs the centralized fiscal and administrative functions of the CFC, to include developing and maintaining a centralized website for charities applying to participate in the CFC and an online pledging function for Federal donor use and disbursing funds received from the Federal payroll offices or service providers. See 5 CFR §950.106(a)
Charity, Charitable Organization or Organization
A private, non-profit, philanthropic, human health and welfare organization.
Combined Federal Campaign or Campaign or CFC
The charitable fund-raising program established under Executive Order Number 10728, as amended by Executive Order Number 10926, 12353, and 12404.
Office of CFC
Is charged with overall responsibility for day to day management and supervision of the CFC. OCFC provides regulatory oversight, including annual audits, and technical guidance to the CFC campaigns.  It is part of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management.
Designated Agency Ethics Officer (DAEO)
An officer or employee who is designated by the head of a Federal agency to coordinate and manage the agency's ethics program in accordance with the provisions of 5 CFR §2638.201.
Designated Funds
Contributions which the donor has designated to a specific voluntary agency(ies), federation(s), or general option(s). Also see Undesignated Funds.
Director
The Director of the Office of Personnel Management.
Domestic Area
Means the United States, including the District of Columbia, Guam,  Puerto Rico, and the United States Virgin Islands.
Employee
Any person employed by the Government of the United States or any branch, unit, or instrumentality thereof, including persons in the civil service, uniformed service, Foreign Service, and the postal service.
Federation or Federated Group
A group of voluntary charitable human health and welfare agencies organized for purposes of supplying common fund-raising, administrative, and management services to its constituent members.
International General Designation Option
A donor option indicating that the gift be distributed to all of the international agencies listed in the international section of the campaign brochure in the same proportion as all of the international agencies received designation in the local CFC. This option will have the code IIII.
Key worker
Federal employees who are generally responsible for distributing campaign materials, such as Charity Lists and pledge forms, within their agency or unit/division. Key workers may also collect pledge forms and cash/check/money order donations from contributors, and transmit these items back to either the agency coordinator, a loaned executive (LE) or the PCFO. The process varies in each campaign and/or agency.
Loaned Executive (LE)
Federal employees "loaned" by a Federal agency to either the LFCC or PCFO to assist in the conduct of the campaign. LE responsibilities vary in each campaign. Responsibilities may include pre-screening charity applications, entering pledge card data into the PCFOs tracking system, and assisting Federal agencies in conducting solicitations of its employees.
Local Federal Coordinating Committee (LFCC)
The Local Federal Coordinating Committee (LFCC) is comprised of Federal employees and representatives of labor unions with Federal employees as members that are officially designated by the Director to conduct the CFC in a particular community. The LFCC selects the principal combined Fund Organization (PCFO that serves as fiscal agency for the campaign. The LFCC provides oversight for the local campaign in conformance with the CFC regulations and the policies established by OPM. The LFCC also approves local charities in their campaign area that have met CFC eligibility standards as set forth in the CFC regulations. Federal employees interested in volunteering with the CFC should contact their local LFCC found at the Campaign Locator for more information.
Office of Personnel Management (OPM)
OPM has responsibility for the oversight of the CFC. The Director of OPM has designated to the OCFC responsibility for day to day management of the CFC. OCFC reviews and provides guidance and technical advice on regulations, and has the authority to review any local campaign's fiscal records.
Outreach Coordinator (OC)
Provides local marketing support to a campaign zone, including developing marketing plans and materials, employee training, campaign event and activity support, and the printing and distribution of CFC Charity Lists and pledge forms as permitted in 5 CFR §950.102(d).
Overseas Area
The Department of Defense (DoD) Overseas Campaign which includes all areas other than those included in the domestic area.
Solicitations
Any action requesting money, either by cash, check or payroll deduction, on behalf of charitable organizations.

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Getting Involved

CFC's involvement with the nonprofit sector is not limited to direct financial support. Each campaign is run by a volunteer group of Federal employees who work with experienced nonprofit executives in their communities to generate contributions and distribute them to eligible charities. This also provides an opportunity for Federal workers to become involved in their communities and to have their giving and volunteering efforts viewed as a direct extension of their commitment to public service. If you would like to know more about participating in your local CFC campaign, go to the Campaign Locator and contact the Local Federal Coordinating Committee or your agency coordinator or key-worker.

FAQs

  • You can retrieve your OPM Form 1654 (CFC Pledge Form) online on the CFC Pledging System. If you made a payroll deduction pledge, you will also need to obtain a copy of your final pay slip for the tax year, which documents the total amount deducted for the CFC.
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  • Federal retirees may make a one-time (i.e., cash, check or credit card) contribution to the CFC.  Please contact your local CFC office to obtain a pledge form and learn more about how you can support a participating CFC charity (http://www.opm.gov/combined-federal-campaign/find-local-campaigns/locator/).
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  • The March 2012 Directive from OPM prohibited the use of CFC funds to pay for food or entertainment expenses.  Federal employees who wish to donate food for a CFC event may do so.  However, these individuals cannot be reimbursed for any expenses related to the preparation or transportation of the food.
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  • Historically, campaign costs nation-wide have averaged ten percent. These funds were spent on campaign promotion, printed materials, employee training, and other administrative expenses. All local campaign costs are reviewed and approved by the Local Federal Coordinating Committee (LFCC) governing the local campaign. On average, this cost is low compared with other fundraising campaigns. Charitable organizations pay for these expenses when they apply to participate in the CFC.
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  • Organizations that are not required to file IRS Form 990 with the IRS or that file some other form—such as the IRS Forms 990-EZ, 990-N, or 990-PF—must submit a pro forma IRS Form 990. This includes subordinates to group exemptions and bonafide chapters or affiliates, which are required to submit pro forma IRS Forms 990 specific to the entity and service location named in the CFC application. The pro forma IRS Form 990 is not a separate form. Rather it is a partially completed IRS Form 990 that is used for CFC purposes only. The following items must be completed on the pro forma IRS Form 990:
    • Page 1, Items A-M
    • Part I, Summary, Lines 1-4 only
    • Part II, Signature Block
    • Part VII, Compensation –Section A only
    • Part VIII, Statement of Revenues
    • Part IX, Statement of Functional Expenses
    • Part XII, Financial Statements and Reporting
    Please note that the CFC cannot accept other forms, such as IRS Forms 990-EZ, 990-N, 990-PF, or other comparable forms.
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  • Yes. One-time gifts using credit/debit cards can be made on the CFC Pledging System.
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  • Federal contractors working in Federal facilities may make one-time contributions (credit/debit card or e-check) through the CFC. This can be done on the CFC Pledging System.
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  • To be eligible to participate in the CFC, a charitable organization must be recognized as a tax-exempt non-profit organization under 26 U.S.C. 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. An application to participate in the CFC must provide specific information about the organization's accounting, governance, and program functions, as specified in the CFC regulations at 5 CFR §950. The organization must also provide a completed and signed copy of its IRS Form 990 for the most recent fiscal year. Organizations must demonstrate that they provide services in the service area to which they are applying:
    • National/International organizations provide services in 15 different U.S. states and/or one foreign country over the three year period immediately preceding the start of the campaign’s application year.
    • International organizations are defined in regulation as charitable organizations that provide services either exclusively or in a substantial preponderance to persons in areas outside of the United States. These organizations must provide evidence of services in at least one foreign country over the three year period immediately preceding the start of the campaign’s application year.
    • Local organizations are those that (1) have a substantial local presence in; and (2) provide services in the local campaign zone to which they apply. The services must be provided during the calendar year immediately preceding the start of the campaign’s application year.
    Charities may apply to participate in the CFC individually (as an unaffiliated, or "independent", organization) or they may be represented by a federation. A federation is a coalition of individual charities that align to minimize administrative costs and to 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 no fewer than 15 CFC member organizations that meet the CFC eligibility criteria.
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  • 5 CFR Part §950.701(e)(1) states, "The minimum amount of the allotment will not be less than $1 per payday per charitable organization, with no restriction on the size of the increment above that minimum." As the purpose of the CFC is not to “increase revenue”, OPM does not plan to change the regulatory minimum.
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  • Yes.  This decision applies to all Federal agencies. 
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