The Combined Federal Campaign (cfc) For San Diego & Imperial Counties, Coachella Valley & 29 Palms
Encourages philanthropy and provides all Federal employees the opportunity to improve the quality of life for all.
The mission of the 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.
CFC is the world's largest and most successful annual workplace charity campaign, with approximately 150+ CFC campaigns throughout the country and internationally to help to raise millions of dollars each year. Pledges made by Federal civilian, postal and military donors during the campaign season (September 1 to December 15th) support eligible non-profit organizations that provide health and human service benefits throughout the world. The Director of OPM has designated the Office of CFC Operations responsibility for day-today management of the CFC.
The OPM website will be of interest to anyone interested in workplace giving nu propriété. If you have comments or questions, please contact the Office of the CFC Operations at cfc[at]opm.gov.
You can reach the OPM website at www.opm.gov/cfc
SOCAL CFC'S CAMPAIGN TOTALS
So far we’ve received donations of $3,634,678 or 91% of our goal of $4,000,000. Thank you for your generous contribution!
Available speakers for campaign events. Make arrangements directly with the organization and speaker of your choice for your event.
Please contact the CFC Office if you need assistance.
Charity Speaker(s) Email & Phone
Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation
Alpha Project for the Homeless
American Lung Association in California
American National Red Cross of San Diego & Imperial Counties
Angel Flight West
Angels Foster Family Agency
ARC of San Diego
Armed Services YMCA of the USA Camp Pendleton
Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego
BirthLine of San Diego Mary Pat Warner
Bonita Equestrian Therapy for the Handicapped
Boys and Girls Clubs of Oceanside
Building for a Better Tomorrow
California Labradors, Retrievers and More Rescue Diane Kath
(858)273-5386 / (949-275-6512
Cancer Resource Center of the Desert
Casa Cornelia Law Center
Casa de Amparo
Catholic Charities Diocese of San Diego
Center for Community Solutions
(858) 272-5777 x120
Chula Vista Veterans Home Support Foundation
Community Campership Council
Conner's Cause for Children
Carol Del Signore
Deaf Community Services of San Diego
Educational Enrichment Systems Sarina Lynn
Elder Law & Advocacy
Empower International Ministries
Extended Hands Worldwide Ministries
Feeding America San Diego
Fisher House Naval Medical Center San Diego
George G Glenner Alzheimer's Family Center
Girl Scouts of San Diego Jo Dee C. Jacob jjacob[at]sdgirlscouts.org
Helen Woodward Animal Center
Home for the Holidays
Huntington Disease Society of America-San Diego Chapter
Imperial Beach Community Clinic
Imperial Valley Food Bank
Interfaith Shelter Network of San Diego
JDFR, San Diego Chapter Hal Lamb
Jewish Family Services of San Diego
Lions, Tigers & Bears
Lupus Foundation of Southern CA
National Multiple Sclerosis Society Pacific South Coast
Next Step Service Dogs Judy Keene
No Wagging Tail Left Behind
Oceanside Ivey Ranch Association
Paralyzed Veterans of America, CAl-Diego John Plaza
Parents and Friends of Lesbians & Gays SD County
Partners Therapeutic Horsemanship
Planned Parenthood of San Diego and Riverside Counties
Pro Kids Golf Academy
Rady Children's Hospital and Health Center
Ramona Food and Clothes Closet
Regional Task Force on the Homeless
Salvation Army San Diego
San Diego Armed Services YMCA Tim Ney
San Diego Blood Bank
San Diego County Crime Stoppers
San Diego Food Bank (Jacobs & Cushman)
San Diego Habitat for Humanity
Lori Holt Pfeiler
San Diego Humane Society & SPCA
San Diego Rescue Mission
San Diego Rite Care Childhood Language Center
(Scottish Rite Foundation)
San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program
Semper Fi Fund Laura Castellvi
Spirit of Sharing
Southern Caregiver Resource Center
St Vincent De Paul Village
Support the Enlisted Project (STEP)
Survivors of Suicide Loss
Survivors of Torture, International
Susan G. Komen for the Cure San Diego
Tap Fever Studios
Teen Challenge of Southern California
United Cerebral Palsy of San Diego
Rhonda Van Ekelenburg
United Negro College Fund
Urban Corps of San Diego
United Way of Imperial County
United Way of San Diego County
USO Palm Springs, Bob Hope
USO San Diego
Veterans Medical Research Foundation of San Diego
Veterans Research Alliance Steve Lewandowski
Veterans Village of San Diego
Vision of Children Foundation Kenny Liles
Voices for Children
Workshops for Warriors, Inc
Hernan Luis Prado
Wounded Heroes of America
Wounded Warrior Homes
Wounded Warrior Project
Wright's Aviation Ministries
YMCA of San Diego County
YWCA of San Diego County
Each local CFC 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 representing the local federal population.
The LFCC responsibilities include:
- the selection and supervision of the Principal Combined Funds Organization (PCFO)
- oversees the staff and campaign performance as required by the CFC rules and regulations
- review of disbursement controls through LFCC approval and monitoring of the budget and actual expenses
Frequently Asked Questions
- What is the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC)?
- What is the CFC mission?
- Why have a CFC?
- Who decides how to spend my donations?
- How efficient is the CFC?
- My taxes go to support the poor, so why should I give to the CFC?
- Why isn’t my favorite agency a member of CFC?
- There is a CFC agency I don’t like.
- Why should I give to the CFC?
- My husband/wife gives where he/she works. Why should we both give?
- What if I can’t afford to give right now?
- What if I lose my job?
- What if I work seasonally or on a temporary basis?
- Who checks on the money to make sure it is properly spent?
- How do I know my money really gets to the agency I designate?
- What happens if I complete the home address section on the pledge form and indicate it be forwarded to the agency I designated?
- How can an organization get listed in the Charity List?
- Can I get help from a CFC campaign participant?
- What is the benefit of payroll deduction?
- How do federal agencies benefit from participation in the CFC?
- Who serves on the CFC Board of Directors?
- How do I know the charities participating in the CFC are legitimate?
- What is a Federation?
- When is the CFC campaign?
- What are some ways that federal agencies support the CFC?
1."What is the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC)?"
The CFC is the only authorized solicitation of employees in the federal workplace on behalf of charitable organizations.
2."What is the CFC mission?"
To support and promote 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.
3."Why have a CFC?"
The annual fundraising campaign helps to support a variety of health, human, and other services provided by more than 120,000 charitable agencies. This single campaign is the most cost-efficient fundraising method. It succeeds because volunteers from the federal workforce combine their resources for one coordinated appeal.
4."Who decides how to spend my donations?"
You! Each donor designates their dollars to meet their interests. You may pick a single cause - or several causes - and apportion your contribution among them in any way you like.
5."How efficient is the CFC?"
Campaign efficiency results in 90 cents of every dollar collected being distributed to campaign participants. Your CFC’s net costs (10%) are among the lowest of all charitable groups, and it is the largest and one of the most efficient CFCs in the nation. This efficiency is achieved through volunteer involvement and the consolidated fundraising concept.
6."My taxes go to support the poor, so why should I give to the CFC?"
Some CFC agencies do assist destitute persons through services, but not by giving money away. Some of the agencies provide job training, recreation for youth, and rehabilitation programs in order to help people to be self-supporting and to prevent more serious problems from occurring. Government dollars are not growing to meet these "people problems." Without CFC supported programs, many more people would need public assistance, which could drive up your taxes.
Many of the CFC agencies primarily focus on services for working families. Visiting nurses, family counseling, drug and alcohol abuse treatment programs, scouting programs, and Red Cross programs are used by all of us, myself, you and your neighbors. The services of CFC agencies are available to everyone in our community, as well as nationally and overseas.
7."Why isn’t my favorite agency a member of CFC?"
The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) in Washington, DC regulates CFC. Volunteers from Federal agencies review applications for their compliance with the regulations. Agencies must be audited, produce an annual report, and have a Board of Directors which governs the affairs of the agency.Your favorite agency may not have applied, may not meet the requirements or possibly, may not know they can participate. Contact the CFC Office as we can help charities apply and provide all the necessary information for them to make the application.
8."There is a CFC agency I don’t like. I will have nothing to do with CFC because of this."
CFC has established guidelines to ensure that member organizations are serving needs, are financially responsible, and are operated by a Board of Directors. The entire spectrum of organizations are represented because of the varied interest of the Federal workforce.
CFC does not make political judgments of the worth of a particular organization. By designating where your funds go, you can be assured that only the charity of your choice receives your donation. Remember that many organizations are in need of your contribution and your lack of participation in the CFC makes it more difficult to provide the needed help.
9."Why should I give to the CFC?"
Your gift improves the quality of life for you and your neighbors. You have access throughout your lifetime to the thousands of vital health and social services not supplied, or only partially covered, by government sources. These services stabilize lives, arrest social problems, encourage productivity, and increase the resources and prosperity of the entire community, our nation, and overseas.
10."My husband/wife gives where he/she works. Why should we both give?"
"It is important for every employed person to do his her part. Every worker has a responsibility to help maintain the comprehensive CFC programs that enhances the economic strength of our area which, in turn, supports job stability for every wage earner. CFC can continue to provide needed human care services only if everyone helps.
11."What if I can’t afford to give right now?"
You don’t have to. Pledge your gift though payroll deduction and spread small donations through out the year. Agency services need your year around support. Deductions don’t begin until January.
12."What if I lose my job?"
You will not be expected to continue your pledge payments during your period of unemployment, nor are you responsible for your remaining balance.
13."What if I work seasonally or on a temporary basis?"
You may still contribute to the CFC. Of course, if you use payroll deductions it will only be deducted during the period you receive your paycheck. You can give a one time donation via Credit Card, Cash or Check.
14."Who checks on the money to make sure it is properly spent?"
The CFC Local Federal Coordinating Committee (LFCC), comprised of Federal leaders who volunteer in this capacity, reviews agencies for compliance with the criteria stipulated in the CFC regulations; i.e., ensuring they are nonprofit, audited annually, etc. No additional review of an agency’s budget, apart from the review given by entities either governing the agency or establishing conditions of affiliation, is made , thus you must be familiar with the agency you designate. The CFC Principal Combined Funds Organization (PCFO) is audited annually by an independent auditor to ensure that designations have been honored. The PCFO also provides independent confirmation of designations to independent auditors on behalf of CFC agencies and federations as requested. The United Way of San Diego acts as the PCFO for the SOCAL CFC.
15."How do I know my money really gets to the agency I designate?"
By regulations, all designations must be honored. A yearly audit is performed to verify this. In addition, you can request to be acknowledged for your pledge by your designated charity.
16."What happens if I complete the home address section on the pledge form and indicate it be forwarded to the agency I designated?"
If you complete the appropriate section on the pledge form your name and address will be forwarded to the agency(cies) you designate. Many times they acknowledge your contribution and add your name to their mailing list. It is up to the federation or agency to acknowledge your gift.
17."How can an organization get listed in the Charity List?"
If the organization serves the local area, they should call the CFC Office in January at (858) 636-4114 to request an application for that year. If the organization is national or international, they should call OPM at (202) 606-2564 for an application.
18."Can I get help from a CFC campaign participant?"
Yes. The services of CFC campaign participants are available to anyone who needs them, including federal employees.
19."What is the benefit of payroll deduction?"
Through payroll deduction, a specified amount is withheld every payday and continues throughout the year. This is convenient and easier on the budget. Payroll giving often makes a crucial difference in campaign results as they are usually more substantial than cash gifts.
20."How do federal agencies benefit from participation in the CFC?"
Participation in the CFC creates added community visibility for federal employees and the agencies for which they work. Federal employees are viewed by the community as good neighbors, concerned with the welfare of others. Federal employees benefit from an improvement in the quality of life within their communities. Participation in the CFC assures that services will be available to federal employees when their own personal situations arise. The campaign effects everyone, including the lives of a federal agency’s employees.
Participation in a single, efficient, annual campaign offers individuals the opportunity to meet their civic responsibility to the community.
21."Who serves on the CFC Board of Directors?"
Our CFC Board of Directors is called the Local Federal Coordinating Committee (LFCC) and is made up of the senior leaders from the federal government in our counties.
22."How do I know the charities participating in the CFC are legitimate?"
Federal employees in the San Diego area volunteer to serve on the Eligibility Committee, which evaluates each charity applying to become eligible to receive designations from local CFC contributors. Each local charitable agency must meet the following requirements, as defined in federal law and OPM rules and regulations:
- Organizations must certify that it provides or conducts real human health and welfare services, benefits, assistance or program activities
- Organizations must provide a letter from the Internal Revenue Service recognizing it as tax-exempt under 26 U.S.C. 501(c)(3)
- Organization must provide a completed copy of its IRS Form 990
- Organizations must demonstrate that it has a substantial local or statewide presence, which must include a staffed facility or office available to the public seeking its services
- The organization's local facility must be open at least 15 hours per week and have a telephone number exclusively dedicated to the organization
- Organizations with an annual budget in excess of $100,000 must submit an audit report in accordance with generally accepted auditing standards
- Organizations must certify that it has no expenses connected with lobbying and attempts to influence voting or legislation at the local, State or Federal level
- Organizations must be directed by an active and responsible governing body whose members have no conflict of interest and a majority of which serve without compensation.
23."What is a Federation?"
A federation is a group of voluntary charitable human health and welfare organizations established for purposes of supplying common fundraising, administrative, and management services to its members. Each federation is listed with its member organizations as the first organization. If you wish to designate all or some portion of your contribution to a federation, please record that federation's corresponding code number on your pledge card. Contributions designated to a federation will be shared in accordance with the federation's policy.
24."When is the CFC campaign?"
In San Diego and Imperial County the campaign period is from Sep 1 to Dec 15. Within that time period there will be a multitude of campaigns lasting from one day to the entire 15 week period. This allows each activity in our campaign to choose a campaign time frame suitable to their size and the operations they are experiencing. The LFCC has stated they want each activity to have the maximum flexibility possible to conduct their campaign.
25."What are some ways that federal agencies support the CFC?"
Federal agencies in the San Diego,Imperial County, Coachella Valley and Twentynine Palms appoint volunteers to serve as Campaign Coordinators to lead their agency’s CFC effort. Our Groups (Navy, USMC, Federal & USPS) also provide the CFC with Campaign Action Officers (CAO)s. These volunteers work with the Campaign Coordinators to ensure they receive training, materials, and all the information and help they need to have a successful campaign.
CAN I GIVE THROUGH THE CFC?
YES! CFC allows you to continue supporting your favorite charity by:
- Credit Card
- Debit Card
About Socal Cfc
Region: San Diego County, Imperial County, Coachella Valley, & 29 Palms
- 168,000 employees
- 738 activities
- 2,845 charities, including 185 local charities
- 8.4% participation rate for 2014 campaign
US Office of Personnel Management (OPM)
- regulatory body of the CFC
- administers the campaign government-wide
- ensures all CFCs are operated efficiently while adhering to all prescribed rules and regulations
- make the final decisions on all charities eligible for the National and International Lists
- provides guidance and technical advice on regulations
- has the authority to conduct audits on any CFC fiscal records.
Local Federal Coordinating Committee (LFCC)
- serves as the "Board of Directors"
- provides management oversight for the local campaign
- reviews and decides on the eligibility of charities in the local campaigns
- comprised of Federal employees who volunteer each year to help manage the campaign in accordance with all regulations and requirements
Principal Combined Fund Organization (PCFO)
- manages and executes the daily operations of the CFC
- follows the directions of the LFCC