The mission of Miami Valley CFC is to promote and support philanthropy through a program that is employee-focused, cost-efficient and effective in providing all Federal employees the opportunity to improve the quality of life for all.
What is the CFC?
The Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) is the only authorized solicitation of Federal employees in their workplaces on behalf of approved charitable organizations.
Who Sets the Standard of Public Accountability?
Office of Personnel Managemet (OPM) is accountable for assuring Federal employees that their designations are honored and distributed to the charitable organizations of their choice. OPM achieves this in several ways.
OPM maintains strict eligibility and public accountability criteria that all participating CFC charities must meet. For details, see CFC Regulations in 5 CFR Part 950 at http://www.opm.gov/cfc/opmmemos/index.asp.
OPM annually makes admission decisions for all national and international charity applicants and it resolves local charity admission appeals. OPM sets strict requirements and provides on-going guidance for the activities and conduct of the Local Federal Coordinating Committee (LFCC) and the Principal Combined Fund Organization (PCFO). The fiscal integrity of the campaign is verified by OPM compliance audits and the annual review of local campaign audits that PCFOs are required to have completed by an Independent Public Accountant.
What is the Structure of the CFC
The CFC is made up of local campaigns that organize the annual fund raising effort in Federal workplaces in the United States and abroad.
Each local campaign is managed by a Local Federal Coordinating Committee (LFCC), which serves as a “Board of Directors” for the local campaign. The LFCC is comprised of Federal employees and representatives of labor unions with Federal employees as members. The LFCC is responsible for the oversight of the local CFC. In conformance with CFC regulations and policies, the LFCC makes admission determinations for local charities and selects a Principal Combined Fund Organization (PCFO) to administer the day-to-day operations of the campaign and to serve as its fiscal agent.
What is the CFC Charity List? (formerly Donor's Brochure)
The Charity List is a paper or web-based display of national, international and local organizations that have met CFC eligibility requirements. A sample charity listing is provided below with key elements shown in italics. Key elements include the organization’s unique five-digit CFC code, the legal name in parentheses shown if it is “doing business as” under another name, the employer identification number (EIN), a 25-word statement of purpose (except in abbreviated listings), its administrative and fundraising expense rate (AFR), and its Service Categories (Taxonomy Codes).
11405 ABC Charity (Alpha-Charity) (800) 555-5555 www.abccharity.org EIN#12-3456789 ABC Charity attacks the causes of hunger and poverty by promoting effective and innovative community-based solutions that create self-reliance, economic justice, and food security. 15.8% P,S,K
How Do I Make An Informed Giving Decision?
The EIN, AFR, and the Service Categories are included to help donors identify organizations that meet their interests and performance standards.
What Are Service Categories? (Taxonomy)
A -- Arts, Culture, and Humanities
What are Affiliated, Independent Organizations and Federations?
Affiliated organizations receive services from a Federation that supplies common fundraising, administrative, and management services to its member organizations. Charitable organizations participating in the CFC as a member of a federation may pay dues or fees to that federation as a service charge. Independent organizations are not members of a federation and participate in the CFC on their own.
How Do I Designate Organizations to Receive My Contribution?
If you wish to designate all or some portion of your contribution to a federation, please record that federation’s 5-digit corresponding code number on your pledge form or select it when using e-pledge. The federation name will be listed at the top of the list of the federation’s member organizations. Contributions designated to a federation will be shared in accordance with the federation’s policy. If you wish to designate all or some portion of your contribution to an affiliated federation member organization, please record that organization’s 5-digit corresponding code number on your pledge form or select it when using e-pledge.
You may wish to designate to an independent organization that is not affiliated with a Federation. Simply enter that organization’s five-digit code number on your pledge form or select it when using e-pledge.
All funds contributed to the CFC that are not designated to a specific organization or federation will be treated as undesignated funds and distributed to all organizations listed in the CFC Charity List in the same proportion as they received designations. Organizations that do not receive designated dollars cannot receive any portion of the undesignated distribution.
If you wish to have your contribution distributed proportionately among all international organizations that received designated gifts, you may do so by entering five number ones 11111 on your pledge form or entering the code when using e-pledge.
Will I receive a receipt for my contribution?
Donors should keep a copy of their pledge form or print a copy of their e-pledge confirmation, as well as their pay statements, as a receipt of their pledge. A Federal employee who makes a one-time (cash, check, or money order) contribution must maintain a bank record or a written communication from the local campaign showing the name of the organizations contributed to, the date of the contribution, and the amount of the contribution. Every effort will be made by the local campaign to provide a receipt to donors, but it is the responsibility of the donor to request such a receipt from the local campaign. Donors that do not receive a receipt should contact the local campaign to obtain one. Local campaigns can be found using the Campaign Locator search feature on the CFC website at http://www.opm.gov/cfc/Search/Locator.asp Donors should consult a tax adviser to determine if additional verification of the donation is required by the IRS.
What is the cost of the campaign?
Historically, campaign costs nationwide have averaged ten percent. In 2010, Miami Valley CFC's administrative cost was 7.3%, down from 8.3% in 2009, and well below the 2010 national average of 10.0%. Funds were spent on print materials, training volunteers, auditing contributions and other OPM-approved administrative expenses.
All local campaign costs are reviewed and approved by the LFCC governing the local campaign. On average, this cost is low compared with other fundraising campaigns; therefore, every dollar you pledge goes a very long way toward helping others.