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CFC Memorandum 2000-05

August 10, 2000

MEMORANDUM FOR PRINCIPAL COMBINED FUND ORGANIZATIONS AND LOCAL FEDERAL COORDINATING COMMITTEES
FROM: MARA T. PATERMASTER, DIRECTOR
OFFICE OF CFC OPERATIONS
SUBJECT: Revisions -- Year 2001 CFC Application for Federations

This is to announce amendments to the Model CFC Application for national, international and local federations for the year 2001 application cycle. The purpose of these amendments is to make application requirements uniform for all organizations and federations that participate in the Combined Federal Campaign.

The CFC application for local, national and international federations has been amended to include additional certifications related to the following standards of public accountability as defined in 5 CFR Part 950, sections 202 and 203:

  1. Human Health and Welfare Organization certification -- federations must certify that they directly or indirectly, through their member oganizations, provide services, benefits, or assistance to, or conduct activities affecting human health and welfare. If a federation claims direct services, federations must also include supporting information that describes the human and welfare benefits provided within the year.
  2. Governance -- federations must certify that the organization is directed by an active and responsible governing body whose members have no material conflicts of interest, and that a majority of governing body members serve without compensation. Federations must provide a list of board members and minutes of meetings held during the preceding year prior to the date of application.
  3. Prohibition of the sale or lease of CFC contributor lists -- federations must certify thath their fundraising practices prohibit the sale, lease or other public disclosure of CFC contributor lists.
  4. Publicity and Promotional Activities -- federations must certify that their publicity or promotional activities are based upon its actual programs and operations, are truthful and non-deceptive, and make no exaggerated or misleading claims.
  5. Effective use of Contributions -- federations must certify that the contributions received directly as a federation are effectively used for the announced purposes of the charitable organization.
  6. Support and Revenues -- federations must certify that the organization has received at least 20% of its total support from public sources.
  7. Annual Report -- federations must certify that the organization prepares and makes available to the public an annual report that includes a full description of the organization's activities and supporting services and identifies its directors and chief administrative personnel. (Other provisions under 950.203(11) also apply). With the exception of newly established federations, the application must include a copy of the annual report.

The attached Model Application for federations has been modified to include these additional certifications. Except where noted above, applications received in the year 2001 must attach supporting documentation as proof of compliance with these standards.

If you have any questions regarding these changes please contact Linda Sundro at 202/606-2564.

Thank you for your cooperation.

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