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The Office of CFC Operations (OCFCO) has received inquiries from Federal Departments/Agencies and donors asking whether 2005 CFC cash/check contributions could be designated to charitable organizations supporting the Hurricane Katrina relief efforts and be disbursed sooner than the standard April (monthly)/June (quarterly) 2006 initial disbursement schedule. The CFC should be viewed, under normal circumstances, as a means for long term assistance with cash/checks and payroll deductions being used to fund organizations providing relief throughout the 2005 CFC. As a result of the unusual exigencies of Hurricane Katrina, the OCFCO requests that Local Federal Coordinating Committees (LFCC) accommodate, to the extent possible, requests from Federal agencies to make cash/check advance disbursements available to designated charities involved in Hurricane Katrina relief efforts.
Contributions received through this process are considered CFC pledges. The contributions will be counted toward the total raised in the local campaign. Donors and Federal agencies should receive credit toward their campaign goals for any cash/check contributions received.
We recommend the following procedures advancing cash/check contributions:
PCFOs should model their plan in accordance with these instructions:
The first disbursement should include all cash and checks received through October 14, 2005, which have been processed by the PCFO. The PCFO should follow these procedures when processing funds for this first advance disbursement:
The second disbursement should include all cash and checks received between October 15 and November 15, 2005, which have been processed by the PCFO. The PCFO should follow the same procedures identified in #1-9 above when processing funds for this second advance disbursement, except that the PCFO should make the second advance disbursement no later than November 16, 2005.
Any cash/check contributions received and processed after November 15, 2005, even if designated to an identified relief organization, must be processed as normal under the CFC and included in the initial disbursements in April/June of 2006.
If campaigns have any further questions, please contact either Curtis Rumbaugh or Mark Lambert with further questions on 202/606-2564 or on firstname.lastname@example.org or to email@example.com.
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