What is the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC)?

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 around 140 CFCs throughout the country and overseas raising millions of dollars each year. 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.

Why is the CFC Important?

Over the past 55 years, Federal employees contributed more than $8 billion through regional CFCs across America. The CFC of the National Capital Area (CFCNCA) is the largest workplace giving campaign in the world. Last year, Federal employees generously pledged more than $46 million to charities through the CFCNCA.

How much should I give?

You can donate as little as $1 a pay period or you can donate as much as you like. While the military does track to make sure all are given an opportunity to give to the CFC, no one is obligated to give.

Can I choose the charity that will receive my gift?

You may choose any of the charities listed in the Catalog of Caring to receive your gift. A guide to CFC charities can also be found at DCMilitary.com/special/combined_federal_campaign.

You can designate your gift by giving online or writing the appropriate 5-digit charity code in the boxes on the pledge form. The 5-digit codes can be found online at cfcnca.org or in the Catalog of Caring, where there is also a brief description of each organization followed by the percentage of its total revenue used for administrative and fundraising expenses, as well as other pertinent information. If you designate your contribution, only the charity(ies) you select receives your gift. Note that only charities listed in the Catalog of Caring can receive designations.

What if I do not designate?

By leaving all the designation boxes blank, your gift will be considered “undesignated." In accordance with CFC regulations (see CFC Regulations, 5CFR Part 950 for details at opm.gov/cfc), all undesignated funds will be distributed to those organizations in the campaign that have received designated contributions in the same proportion as they received those designations. For example, if a charity received 1 percent of the total designated contributions through the campaign, it would receive 1 percent of the total undesignated contributions. Organizations that do not receive designated dollars cannot receive any undesignated donations.

Take a look below at the charities you could be helping with as little as $1 a pay period. Remember that in the toughest of times, the need is even greater for those less fortunate. Make your pledge today.

Updated Aug. 2, 2016