The deadline for the Combined Federal Campaign is December 15, but many of you may still have questions. Luckily, we have the answers!
Who can donate through the CFC?
If you are a federal employee, government contractor, postal worker, service member or are retired from federal/postal or military service, you can donate!
How much or frequently can I donate?
You can give either as a one-time thing or through regular donations. Either way is completely fine!
How do I give?
You can donate either online or through a paper pledge form. Online donations can be made through payroll deductions, credit or debit card or an eCheck. Payroll deduction, cash or check is accepted when using a paper pledge form.
Your unit should have a CFC representative who can guide you through the process. If you need more help, contact email@example.com.
Are payroll deductions pre-tax?
You cannot make charitable contributions through payroll deductions pre-tax, per federal laws. However, you can claim these donations on your taxes.
Is there a minimum pledge amount?
For payroll deductions, you must give at least $1 per payroll period.
What if I want to cancel my donation?
Canceling a payroll deduction or recurring credit/debit card donation is the only change allowed outside of the pledge period. To cancel a payroll deduction, contact your payroll department and request that the allotment be stopped. To cancel a recurring credit card statement, call your credit or debit card company. You can get more information from firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can I give to more than one charity?
Yes! You can give to one specific charity, to specially chosen charities you select, to a group of charities or give to undesignated funds. You can search through the eligible charities at cfcnca.org. When giving to more than one charity, you can specify how much of your funds will be given to each charity. Undesignated funds will be equally allotted among all charities and federations.
I donated to the CFC last year. Do I need to make a new pledge?
Yes, donations are only good for one year. For each year that you wish to donate through the CFC, you will need to complete a new pledge form, either online or on paper.
What if I want to donate to a charity in a neighboring charity region?
Unfortunately, this is not allowed. You can only donate to national charities or local charities within your workplace CFC zone.
How do I get a copy of my contribution statement for taxes?
If you donated through a payroll deduction, you won’t receive a charitable contribution statement. Instead, you will need to compare your payroll deductions to the charities on your pledge form.
To find this, keep a copy of your pledge form. Then on your last leave and earning statement (LES) of the year, locate the deductions. Make sure the totals match, and bring both forms to your tax service or use them when you do your taxes.
For one-time donations on a debit or credit card, please keep the original receipt that was emailed to you. For recurring credit or debit donations, please save the original emailed receipt and your monthly credit/debit card statements.
If you donated through cash or check, please email email@example.com to request a tax receipt.
Bring all of these documents with you when you do your taxes or have them handy at home, if you do your own taxes.
Why should I care about the CFC?
Over the last 55 years, more than $8 billion has been contributed to local and national charities. It is the largest and most successful yearly workplace charity program in the world. The donations made by federal, military and postal employees (and retirees) help support health and human services charities across America and around the world.
When does the contribution period end?
The deadline is rapidly approaching!
To pledge to a charity through the CFC this year, you must make your pledge by December 15.
Your workplace should have a local representative or point of contact who can guide you in making your donation. If you need more help, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.