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MISSION OF THE CFC

The mission of the CFC is to support and to promote philanthropy through a voluntary program that is employee-focused, cost-efficient and effective in providing all Federal employees the opportunity to improve the quality of life for all.

Terms & Definitions

Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) - The Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) is the only authorized solicitation of Federal employees in their workplaces on behalf of approved charitable organizations.

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.

Federal employees continue to make the CFC the largest and most successful workplace philanthropic fundraiser in the world. Continuing a long-standing tradition of selfless giving, Federal employees annually raise over $200 million dollars for charitable causes around the world.

Local Federal Coordinating Committee (LFCC) - The Local Federal Coordinating Committee (LFCC) is comprised of Federal employees and representatives of labor unions with Federal employees as members that are officially designated by the Director to conduct the CFC in a particular community. The LFCC selects the principal combined Fund Organization (PCFO0 that serves as fiscal agency for the campaign. The LFCC provides oversight for the local campaign in conformance with the CFC regulations and the policies established by OPM. The LFCC also approves local (and in some instances, statewide) charities in their campaign area that have met CFC eligibility standards as set forth in the CFC regulations. Federal employees interested in volunteering with the CFC should contact their local LFCC found at the Campaign Locator or ask your duty-station Agency CFC Coordinator for more information.

Office of Personnel Management (OPM) - OPM has responsibility for the oversight of the CFC. It reviews and provides guidance and technical advice on regulations, and has the authority to conduct compliance audits on any CFC local campaigns’ fiscal records.

Principal Combined Fund Organization (PCFO) - The PCFO administers the local campaign and acts as fiscal agent under the direction and control of the LFCC and the Director. OPM sets strict requirements for this role. Annual audits are required of the PCFO by an independent CPA.

Keyworker - Federal employees who are generally responsible for distributing campaign materials, such as, charity lists and pledge forms within their agency or unit/division. Key workers may also collect pledge forms and cash/check/money order donations from contributors, and transmit these items back to either the agency coordinator, a loaned executive (LE) or the PCFO. The process varies in each campaign and/or agency.

Federation or Federated Group - A group of voluntary charitable human health and welfare agencies organized for purposes of supplying common fund-raising, administrative, and management services to its constituent members.

Independent/Local Organization - A charitable organization that is not a member of a federation for the purposes of the Combined Federal Campaign.

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Download the CFC Regulations

Learn more about the CFC. Download the CFC Regulations PDF