FAQ

Do I Have To Give Through The CFC?

Can I Specify Which Organization Will Receive My Contribution?

What Are Affiliated And Independent Organizations And Federations?

How Do I Designate A Federation, Or Alternatively, One Of Its Members, To Receive My Contribution?

How Do I Designate An Independent Organization To Receive My Contribution?

What If I Choose Not To Specify An Organization Or Federation To Receive My CFC Contribution?

What Is The International General Designation Option?

What Is The Payroll Deduction Option?

Will I Receive A Receipt For My Contribution?

What Are The Costs Of The Campaign?

What Is On-line Pledging or E-Giving?



Do I Have To Give Through The CFC?

No.Participation in the CFC is strictly voluntary.Coercion is forbidden.
You have the right not to be improperly influenced regarding your decision to give or not to give through the CFC. Prohibited practices include, but are not limited to: supervisors soliciting the employees they supervise; setting 100% participation goals, providing and using donor 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-contributing employees.

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 the LFCC or their commanding officers. If the issue is not resolved satisfactorily, military personnel may also contact the Department of Defense Washington Headquarters Services at (703) 699-1841.

Can I Specify Which Organization Will Receive My Contribution?

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 the organizations of your choice where indicated on your pledge form by entering the five-digit code and the amount you wish to pledge. Additional designations may be completed on a second pledge form. Except for documented expenses for the operation of the local CFCs and uncollected pledges, all contributions are distributed as designated.

The CFC is a donor-designated campaign. There is no limit to the amount of contributions an organization may receive through the CFC.
You cannot designate to an organization that is not listed in this Charity List. Adding organizations not listed, or “write-ins”, is prohibited by CFC regulations and donations to such organizations will be treated as undesignated funds. In addition, pledges made using anything other than the assigned five-digit codes cannot be honored and will be treated as undesignated funds.

What Are Affiliated And Independent Organizations And Federations?

Affiliated organizations receive services from a Federation that supplies 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. Independent organizations are not members of a federation and participate in the CFC on their own.

For additional information on a particular federation and any dues/fees paid by its members, either contact the federation, its members, or review the federation’s annual report.

How Do I Designate A Federation, Or Alternatively, One Of Its Members, To Receive My Contribution?

If you wish to designate all or some portion of your contribution to a federation, please record that federation’s corresponding five-digit code number on your pledge form. 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 an affiliated federation member organization, please record that organization’s corresponding five-digit code number on your pledge form.

How Do I Designate An Independent Organization To Receive My Contribution?

You may wish to designate to an independent organization that is not affiliated with a Federation. Simply enter that organization’s five-digit code number on your pledge form.

What If I Choose Not To Specify An Organization Or Federation To Receive My CFC Contribution?

All funds contributed to the CFC that are not designated to a specific organization or federation will be treated as undesignated funds and distributed to all organizations listed in the CFC Charity List in the same proportion as they received designations. Organizations that do not receive designated dollars cannot receive any portion of the undesignated distribution.

What Is The International General Designation Option?

If you wish to have your contribution distributed proportionately among all international organizations that received designated gifts, you may do so by entering five number ones: 11111 on your pledge form.

What Is The Payroll Deduction Option?

Payroll deduction makes it convenient for you to give by letting you spread your contribution across the entire year. Last year, more than 90% of all CFC funds raised were made through payroll deduction. Payments on payroll deduction pledges begin on the first pay period beginning in January and conclude with the last pay period beginning in December. There is no simpler way for you to make good things happen for so many people than to contribute using payroll deduction. Payroll deduction helps you care for your community and your world.

Will I Receive A Receipt For My Contribution?

Donors should keep a copy of their pledge form, as well as their pay statements, as a receipt of their pledge. A Federal employee who makes a one-time (cash, check, or money order) contribution must maintain a bank record or a written communication from the local campaign showing the name of the organizations contributed to, the date of the contribution, and the amount of the contribution. Every effort will be made by the local campaign to provide a receipt to donors, but it is the responsibility of the donor to request such a receipt from the local campaign. Donors that do not receive a receipt should contact the local campaign to obtain one. Local campaigns can be found using the Campaign Locator search feature on the CFC website at http://www.opm.gov/cfc/Search/Locator.asp Donors should consult a tax adviser to determine if additional verification of the donation is required by the IRS.

What Are The Costs Of The Campaign?

Historically, campaign costs nationwide have averaged ten percent. These funds were spent on printing materials, training volunteers, auditing contributions, and other administrative expenses. All local campaign costs are reviewed and approved by the LFCC governing the local campaign. On average, this cost is low compared with other fundraising campaigns; therefore, every dollar you pledge goes a very long way toward helping others.

What Is On-line Pledging or E-Giving?

On-line pledging and e-giving, in general terms, means that donors have the additional pledging tools of the charity list and pledge form available to them “on-line” or on the internet or intranet. Currently, several local campaigns are participating in pilot projects that offer on-line charity lists and secure pledge transactions through the Employee Express (EEX) HR System. Other campaigns have web-based charity lists and downloadable pledge forms. If you would like to have access to on-line giving tools such as these in your area, or have comments to share, please contact OPM at cfc@opm.gov, Attn: Online Giving, or your local campaign. Local campaigns can be found using the Campaign Locater search feature on the CFC website at http://www.opm.gov/cfc/Search/Locator.asp

For more information about the CFC, including details on the public accountability standards for participating charities, how to contact your local CFC campaign, and more, visit the CFC Home Page at http://www.opm.gov/faqs