Q: WHAT IS THE COMBINED FEDERAL CAMPAIGN (CFC)?
A: The CFC is the official workplace giving campaign of the Federal government. The mission of the CFC is to promote and support philanthropy through a program that is employee focused, cost-efficient, and effective in providing Federal employees the opportunity to improve the quality of life for all. The CFC is the world’s largest and most successful annual workplace charity campaign, with 35 CFC zones throughout the country and overseas raising millions of dollars each year. Since the campaign’s inception in 1961, generous Federal employees have donated more than $8.2 million through the CFC. Pledges made by Federal civilian, postal, and military donors during the campaign season support eligible nonprofit organizations that provide health and human service benefits throughout the world.
Q: HOW CAN A FEDERAL EMPLOYEE MAKE A PLEDGE THROUGH THE CAMPAIGN?
A: Federal employees can make a pledge online via the centralized giving platform. Donors can choose a payroll deduction or a one-time or recurring monthly pledge via a credit card, debit card, or direct bank transfer. For the next five years, donors also have the option of completing a paper pledge card and submitting it to the Central Campaign Administrator (CCA) using the address provided on the pledge form or by giving the completed form to their Keyworker. Paper pledge donors can give via payroll deduction or check. For the first time, Federal employees are also invited to broaden the impact of their gift by pledging volunteer hours to participating charities in addition to monetary donations.
Q: CAN FEDERAL RETIREES PARTICIPATE IN THE CFC?
A: Federal retirees are invited to continue to support the charitable causes they care about by giving through the CFC by making a donation through their Federal annuity. Retirees can use all giving options available via the centralized giving platform or they can contact their local CFC office to obtain a pledge form.
Q: DO I HAVE TO CHOOSE A CHARITY OR CAN I LEAVE MY PLEDGE UNDESIGNATED?
A: Undesignated contributions are not longer permitted under new CFC regulations. Please designate your pledge to the specific CFC charity or charities of your choice.
Q: CAN I GIVE CASH?
A: No, donating with cash is no longer permitted.
Q: WHAT IS THE MINIMUM CONTRIBUTION?
A: Federal employees who choose payroll giving must pledge at least $1 per pay period. The minimum credit card contribution is $10. The maximum donation amount for those pledging online via the centralized giving platform is $9,999.