The season for giving: Combined Federal Campaign

by Stacy Roman
Stripes Europe

Every fall, the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) kicks off its annual contribution drive. From Sept. 1 through Dec. 15, CFC solicits donations from the federal workforce for eligible non-profit organizations. Donors can opt to give a one-time or recurring donation to the charities of their choice.

What is the CFC?

Prior to its implementation in 1961, fundraising in the federal system was essentially a free-for-all. Rules were not enforced and undue pressure was often applied in order to persuade employees to donate to less–than-honorable organizations. The amounts solicited were paltry, as most employees donated pocket change.

In order to revamp the system, President John F. Kennedy authorized the U.S. Civil Service Commission to develop rules and regulations for fundraising in the federal workplace. The CFC is the end result: the official workplace charitable giving campaign of the federal government. Pledges that are made by donors during the campaign season support eligible non-profit organizations around the globe.

How it works

The CFC compiles all eligible charitable organizations into one list. In order to be considered eligible, charities must have a 501(c)(3) tax-exemption status and provide details about auditing, governance and program functions. They must also file a completed and signed copy of their most recent IRS Form 990.

During the campaign season, donations are solicited from federal employees. Donors can choose to give once or on a recurring basis. Donors can also support as many organizations as they would like. Once a pledge amount has been decided, donors can divvy up the donation to the different charities of their choosing. 

There are two different ways to donate: paper pledge form or online. Donations made via the paper pledge form can be made through payroll deduction, cash or check. If a donor chooses to donate online, contributions can made through payroll deduction, credit card, debit card and eCheck.

For more information, visit the CFC website or contact your local CFC representative.

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