The mission of the NorCal CFC is to promote and support philanthropy through a program that is employee focused, cost-efficient and effective in providing all federal employees the opportunity to improve the quality of life for all.
What is the CFC?
The Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) is the only authorized solicitation of Federal employees in their workplaces on behalf of approved charitable organizations.
The NorCal CFC starts October 1st and Ends December 15th.
The CFC began in the early 1960’s to coordinate the fundraising efforts of various charitable organizations so that the Federal donor would only be solicited once in the workplace and have the opportunity to make charitable contributions through payroll deduction.
Who Sets the Standard of Public Accountability?
OPM is accountable for assuring Federal employees that their designations are honored and distributed to the charitable organizations of their choice. OPM achieves this in several ways.
What is the Structure of the CFC
The CFC is made up of local campaigns that organize the annual fund raising effort in Federal workplaces in the United States and abroad.
What is the CFC Charity List? (formerly Donor's Brochure)
The Charity List is a paper or web-based display of national, international, and local organizations that have met CFC eligibility requirements. A sample charity listing is shown below with key elements shown in italics. Key elements include: the organization’s new five-digit CFC code, the legal name in parentheses shown if it is “doing business as” under another name, the employer identification number (EIN), a 25-word statement of purpose (except in abbreviated listings), its administrative and fundraising expense rate (AFR), and its Service Categories (Taxonomy Codes).
11405 ABC Charity (Alpha-Charity) (800) 555-5555 www.abccharity.org EIN#12-3456789 ABC Charity attacks the causes of hunger and poverty by promoting effective and innovative community-based solutions that create self-reliance, economic justice, and food security. 15.8% P,S,K
How Do I Make An Informed Giving Decision?
The EIN, AFR, and the Service Categories are included to help donors identify organizations that meet their interests and performance standards.
What Are Service Categories? (Taxonomy)
A -- Arts, Culture, and Humanities
B -- Educational Institutions & Related Activities
C -- Envir. Quality, Protection & Beautification
D -- Animal Related
E -- Health – General and Rehabilitative
F -- Mental Health, Crisis Intervention
G -- Disease, Disorders, Medicinal Disciplines
H -- Medical Research
I -- Crime, Legal Related
J -- Employment, Job Related
K -- Food, Agriculture, and Nutrition
L -- Housing, Shelter
M -- Public Safety, Disaster Preparedness & Relief
N -- Recreation, Sports, Leisure, Athletics
O -- Youth Development
P -- Human Services – Multipurpose and Other
Q -- International, Foreign Affairs, National Security
R -- Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy
S -- Community Improvement, Capacity Building
T -- Philanthropy, Voluntarism & Foundations
U -- Science & Technology Research Institutes, Services
V -- Social Science Research Institutes, Services
W -- Public, Social Benefit: Multipurpose, Other
X -- Religion Related, Spiritual Development
Y -- Mutual/Membership Benefit Orgs., Other
Z -- Other
For additional guidance on selecting charities, visit the CFC
What are Affiliated, 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.
How Do I Designate Organizations 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 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 code number on your pledge form.
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.
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.
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.
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 Locater 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 is the cost of the campaign?
Historically, campaign costs nation-wide 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.