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CFC will centralize, charge application fees to charities

Apr. 11, 2014 - 04:46PM   |  
By ANDY MEDICI   |   Comments
Maj. Gen. Raymond C. Fox, commanding general II Marine Expeditionary Force, signs his donation form as part of the annual donation drive from the Combined Federal Campaign. Some new rules take effect this year.
Maj. Gen. Raymond C. Fox, commanding general II Marine Expeditionary Force, signs his donation form as part of the annual donation drive from the Combined Federal Campaign. Some new rules take effect this year. (Pfc. Joshua Grant)

The Combined Federal Campaign will start charging application and listing fees to charities seeking to take part, under new regulations to be published in the Federal Register.

The Office of Personnel Management — which oversees the CFC — will work with charities to establish a fee structure, according to an agency announcement.

The CFC campaign will become more centralized, by moving from 150 financial centers to one or a few campaign administrators, while local committees will be altered from managing to focus on campaign promotion and engagement.

The new regulations will also give the OPM director the ability to set dates for the CFC campaign, but it cannot start earlier than Sept. 15 or end after Jan. 15.

It will also eliminate cash as a donation option. Fewer than 10 percent of donations were in cash in 2012, according to OPM.

“These changes will also ensure that the greatest amount of contributions go directly to the charities and causes selected by Federal donors,” OPM director Katherine Archuleta said in a press release. “It also will go a long way to ensure that every charitable dollar and campaign expense is visible to charities and donors through every step of the process.”

The new regulations come as CFC donations continue to plummet.

CFC donations plunged 19 percent — about $49 million — from fiscal 2012 to 2013, according to preliminary numbers reported to the Office of Personnel Management by local campaigns.

The donation totals were compiled by the Workplace Giving Alliance, a collaboration of national and local federations and show federal employees and service members donated about $209 million in 2013 — down from $258.3 million in 2012.

That would be the lowest level in 15 years, when the CFC raised $206.4 million in 1998.

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