FAQs

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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 36 CFC zones throughout the country and overseas raising millions of dollars each year. Since the campaign's inception in 1961, generous federal employees have donated more than $8.3 billion through the CFC. 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.

HOW CAN A FEDERAL EMPLOYEE MAKE A PLEDGE THROUGH THE CAMPAIGN?

Federal employees can make a pledge online via the centralized giving platform. Donors can choose a payroll deduction or a one-time or recurring monthly pledge via a credit card, debit card, or direct bank transfer. For the next four years, donors also have the option of completing a paper pledge card. Paper pledge donors can give via payroll deduction or check. Federal employees are also invited to broaden the impact of their gift by pledging volunteer hours to participating charities in addition to monetary donations.

CAN FEDERAL RETIREES PARTICIPATE IN THE CFC?

Federal retirees are invited to continue to support the charitable causes they care about by giving through the CFC with a one-time contribution (i.e., cash, check, or credit card) or recurring pledges through their annuity.

DO I HAVE TO CHOOSE A CHARITY OR CAN I LEAVE MY PLEDGE UNDESIGNATED?

Undesignated contributions are no longer permitted under new CFC regulations. Please designate your pledge to the specific CFC charity or charities of your choice. 

CAN I GIVE CASH?

No, donating with cash is no longer permitted.

WHAT IS THE MINIMUM CONTRIBUTION?

Minimum contribution amounts via payroll deduction are $1 per pay period per charity. The minimum credit card donation is $10. The maximum online contribution is $99,999. However, maximum payroll deduction gifts may be limited by each payroll service provider (for example, active duty members of the Army, Navy, and Air Force are limited to $9,999).