FAQ

WHY DO PEOPLE GIVE THROUGH THE CFC?

  • They have received help from an organization supported through the CFC. They know someone who has been helped. They want to help others. CFC is a convenient way to make a charitable contribution. They feel good knowing their contribution will make a difference.

  • Because each charity has been screened by a committee of Federal employees, ensuring its legitimacy. Charities can count on gifts given through the CFC. They are notified early in the year of what their revenue will be from CFC and can plan their programs accordinagly.

  • Payroll deduction is available only through CFC. Your gift through CFC has a greater impact because it is combined with contributions from other Federal employees. CFC protects the Federal employee from year-round, in-the-workplace solicitation by charitable organizations.

WHY ISN'T MY FAVORITE CHARITY A MEMBER OF THE CFC?
All charities listed in this year's charity brochure apply annually to be part of the CFC, either nationally at the Office of Personnel Management or locally to the Local Federal Coordinating Committee.  All applications are reviewed by a committee of federal employees for compliance with the regulations.

WHY SHOULD I SUPPORT A CAMPAIGN THAT INCLUDES ORGANIZATIONS THAT I DON'T LIKE?
CFC does not make any political judgment as to the worth of an organization. CFC is a DONOR CHOICE campaign: YOU DECIDE where your money goes.  Choice is the foundation of the CFC.

HOW DO I KNOW THAT MY MONEY REALLY GETS TO THE CHARITY I DESIGNATE?
All designations are honored by regulation and each year the administrative agency (PCFO) undergoes two separate audits - a financial audit is conducted by an independent accounting firm and a compliance audit is conducted by the LFCC.  Both audits include a review of designations to be sure they have been honored.  Additionally, if you complete the "Information Release" section on the pledge form, your name will be forwarded to the charities you designate.  They will generally write to you acknowledging your pledge.

WHAT IF I DON'T DESIGNATE?
Undesignated pledges are distributed in the proportion that organizations received designations.  Consequently, organizations that did not receive any designations in this campaign area will not receive any undesignated money.

IS A CONTRIBUTION TAX DEDUCTIBLE?
YES.  100% of a contribution to any CFC organization is tax deductible.  The third part of the pledge form qualifies with the IRS as the donor's receipt for cash and check donations.  For payroll deductions, the year-end LES statement is the satisfactory documentation for a charity contribution.