The Combined Federal Campaign, or CFC, is a workplace charity campaign aimed at collecting donations from federal employees in the civilian, military and postal sectors. Donations made to the CFC go to support national and international charitable organizations throughout the world. The program is overseen by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM), which ensures that all participating charities meet the agency's strict eligibility requirements.
The CFC has operated in the United States since 1961 and has raised over $6 billion to support national and international charitable organizations. The giving fund is managed by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, which assumes complete responsibility for the fund and ensures that donations made by federal employees are distributed to the charities of their choice. All charities that benefit from CFC donations must hold 501c3 status, complete yearly Campaign Assessment Reports and submit to random audits by the Office of the Inspector General.
Because the CFC only works with charitable organizations that hold 501c3 status, all donations made through the CFC are tax deductible. All of the contributions that federal employees make through their local CFC office are tracked throughout the year, so donors have accurate records they can use to claim their deduction during tax preparation time.
Charities that participate in the CFC giving campaign include the American Cancer Society, Cancer Treatment Research Foundation, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, the Lymphoma Foundation of America and Angel Flight for Veterans. All federal employees can donate through the CFC and should receive a catalog at their workplace describing the available charities, their missions and how to make a donation. It is important to note that donors can only donate to those charities listed in the CFC charity brochure. According to the CFC website, there are over 2,000 charities that currently participate in the giving program.
If you have any questions about making a CFC donation, contact the local CFC coordinator in your area. If you are unsure who you should contact, search by location on the federal CFC webpage to find the chairperson and individual website of the CFC giving campaign in your area. This website will provide you with crucial information about the CFC, local events and the distribution of donations (see Resources).
Lynn Burbeck is a professional writer with over five years of experience writing for the Web. She has published numerous articles for print and online media including "Grit" Magazine. Burbeck holds a B.A. in journalism and political science.