How much does the CFC cost?
Is it permissible to have your own CFC logo?
What is the CFC?
Where does my gift go?
Why should I give?
Can a federal employee donate to a local agency in a neighboring CFC campaign area?
Can I specify which organization will receive my contribution?
Do I have to give through the CFC?
How do I designate to a federation or one of its members to receive my contribution?
How do I use the International General Designation option?
Is it possible to make the Giving Guide available electronically?
What if I choose not to specify an organization to receive my CFC contribution?
What is the payroll deduction option?
What types of organizations are listed in the Giving Guide?
Will I receive a receipt for my contribution?
Q. How much does the CFC cost?
A. The administrative expenses (overhead) for the 2015 campaign was 14%.The campaign runs on a fixed-expense budget, so the administrative organization does not take a percentage of the campaign, but rather pays campaign expenses based on previous years' campaign totals. The cost of the campaign (AFR) is paid by the participating charities that receive contributions proportionate to the contributions they receive. In 2017 when OPM implements new regulations all participating charities will be required to pay an application fee in order to cover the campaign costs upfront rather than it being deducted from their contributions when they receive their distributions.
Q. Is it permissible to have your own CFC logo?
A. No. Download the CFC logo from the OPM website.
Q. What is the CFC?
A. The CFC was established by Presidential Executive Order in 1961 as a meaningful, efficient, once-a-year, workplace appeal for Military personnel, Federal and Postal Service employees to support charities of their choice through payroll deduction. Read more about CFC history here.
Q. Where does my gift go?
A. Directly to your organization of choice listed in the Giving Guide. Only those organizations you designate will receive your gift, no others.
Q. Why should I give?
A. It is an easy way to help those in need, advance medical research, protect our environment and further human rights. It enables you to make a charitable contribution through the ease of payroll deduction.
Q. Can a federal employee donate to a local agency in a neighboring CFC campaign area?
A. Yes, that is now available through Universal Giving. You would use the Universal Giving search engine to find the charity of your choice and use their 5-digit code.
Q. Can I specify which organization will receive my contribution?
A. Yes. By designating where your CFC contribution will go, you ensure that your donation goes to meet the needs that you feel are most important. You may designate to the organizations of your choice where indicated on your pledge card. Additional designations must be completed on a second pledge card. Except for documented expenses for the operation of the local CFCs and uncollected pledges, all contributions are distributed as designated.
Organization that are participating in the 2016 campaign will have a unique 5-digit code. Adding organizations that are not listed or "write-ins" is prohibited. Donations to such organizations cannot be accepted by the CFC.
Q. Do I have to give through the CFC?
A. No. Participation in the CFC is strictly voluntary. Coercion is forbidden.
Practices not permitted include, but are not limited to: supervisory solicitation of employees supervised, setting of 100% participation goals, providing and using contributor lists for purposes other than the routine collection and forwarding of contributions and installment pledges, establishing personal dollar goals and quotas, and developing and using lists of non-contributors.
If you prefer, you may donate to the CFC anonymously by placing your confidential gift in a sealed envelope.
Civilian employees may register complaints about coercion with the LFCC and contact their personnel offices; military personnel should contact their commanding officers.
Q. How do I designate to a federation or one of its members to receive my contribution?
A. If you wish to designate all or some portion of your contribution to a federation, please record that federation's corresponding code number on your pledge card. The federation name will be listed at the top of the list of the federation's member organizations. Contributions designated to a federation will be shared in accordance with the federation's policy. If you wish to designate all or some portion of your contribution to a federation member organization, please record that organization's corresponding code number on your pledge card.
Q. Is it possible to make the Giving Guide available electronically?
A. Yes. It is available on the Donor tab under "Search for Charities." It is also availble on the Chairs & Key Worker tab under "Downloads."
Q. What if I choose not to specify an organization to receive my CFC contribution?
A. All funds contributed to the CFC that should be designated to a specific organization or federation. Any undesignated funds will be distributed to all organizations listed in the Giving Guide in the same proportion as they received designations.
Q. What is the payroll deduction option?
A. Payroll deduction makes it convenient for you to give by letting you to spread your contribution across an entire year. Each year, more than 90% of all CFC funds raised were given through payroll deduction. Payments on payroll deduction pledges begin with the first pay period in January and end with the last pay period in December. Because there is no simpler way for you to make good things happen for so many people, payroll deduction helps you care for your community and your world.
Q. What types of organizations are listed in the Giving Guide?
A. Organizations listed in the Giving Guide are either affiliated with a federation or are unaffiliated. Federations are established for purposes of supplying common fundraising, administrative, and management services to its member organizations. Charitable organizations participating in the CFC as a member of a federation may pay dues or fees to that federation as a service charge. For additional information on a particular federation and any dues or fees paid by its members, either contact the federation, its members, or review the federation's annual report.
Q. Will I receive a receipt for my contribution?
A. A federal employee who makes a one-time (cash, check, or money order) gift will receive an acknowledgment of their gift by January 31, 2017. A federal employee who makes a gift through payroll deduction collected during 2016 should keep the pink copy #3 as the receipt which, along with their pay stubs, show the amount withheld for their contribution. These acknowledgments will satisfy the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) requirement for substantiation of a charitable gift.
Q. How long is the campaign?
A. The 2016 campaign for the Rocky Mountain Region runs from October 1st - December 15, 2016.