Application Process

The Combined Federal Campaign offers charities the opportunity to reach 9 million potential donors across the country and around the world. Watch the 2019 CFC charity participation video to learn more.

Please Note: The deadline to apply to participate in the 2019 CFC was extended to February 22, 2019. That period is now closed. Please read OPM's memorandum concerning the extension for more details.

All nonprofit organizations recognized by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) under 26 U.S.C. §501(c)(3) are eligible to apply. Please visit for more information. The 2019 CFC Schedule of Application and Listing Fees has been released by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management in CFC Memorandum 2018-10. If you have any questions regarding the application process, please contact Customer Care at [email protected] or 888-232-4935. If you have any policy questions, please contact OPM at [email protected] or 202-606-2564.

Application Briefings - NCA Office

Through February 19, 2019, staff at the CFCNCA office are holding in-person and online Briefings to introduce the CFC, review the application process, and answer any questions an organization or representative may have when applying to participate in the 2019 Combined Federal Campaign. The Briefings will be held on the following dates and times:

February 12 10:00 AM
February 19 10:00 AM

To attend one of these briefings, either in-person at the NCA office (1717 H Street NW, Suite 800, Washington, DC 20006), or online via your computer, tablet, or smartphone, select a date and register to participate through the online invitation. Please call 571-317-3122 if you are within the United States to join the call, or use this Go To Meeting link.

If you would like to get a head-start and review the application process individually, please download our 2019 Charity Application Briefing Presentation, and take a look at a video produced by OPM explaining how to apply to the CFC here.


  1. All organizations must apply each year whether they are required to provide a full application or a verification application.
  2. All organizations must pay the application fee whether they provide a full application or a verification application.
  3. Providing a verification application does not mean your organization has been automatically approved for participation in that campaign.
  4. All approved organizations must pay the listing fee to be included on the CFC Charity List. Listing fees are due prior to the start of the fall campaign. OPM will notify approved charities of the listing fee deadline in the summer.

For more information, please visit the CFC Charity Administration Center.

OPM has provided a detailed memo to assist charities with filing out the Areas of Service portion of the application (the section in which services delivered are documented). To access this guidance, visit OPM's CFC Memo.

Application Checklists

Use these checklists provided by OPM to ensure your 2019 CFC application is complete.

2019 CFC Application Checklist for Federations
2019 CFC Application Checklist for Independent Organizations
2019 CFC Application Checklist for FSYP/FSYA Programs