FSR is a part of the world’s biggest workplace charity campaign, the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC). The CFC enables government employees to support FSR through payroll deductions by using FSR’s CFC code 85846. Pledges made during the campaign season, September 10th – January 15th, help us to fulfill our mission to advance sarcoidosis research and improve lives for sarcoidosis patients worldwide. Keep reading to learn more about the CFC and to see how you can participate!
What is the Combined Federal Campaign?
The CFC (Combined Federal Campaign) is an employee-focused giving program that provides all federal workers an easy opportunity to support a mission or cause they care about. The CFC currently has over 20,000 participating non-profit charities worldwide – including FSR – making it the world’s largest workplace charity campaign!
Partnerships with non-profit organization are key to the CFC structure. Federal employees can volunteer to aid local and national organizations in designing marketing and campaign strategies. The CFC also makes sure to incorporate the leaders of participating non-profit organizations in the creation of new policies/programs to ensure that the nonprofits who participate in the campaign get to share their input. These partnerships are important because they promote giving on the part of Federal employees while also giving non-profits an easy way to increase their financial resources.
The number of participating charities over the past 10 years has grown exponentially. Similarly, donations have consistently increased, with Federal employees contributing more than $8 million to charities since the CFC began.
Why the Combined Federal Campaign?
The CFC prides itself on the three C’s its donors can expect, confidence, convenience, and choice. First, donors can give to FSR knowing that this is a federally regulated program. Giving through the CFC is easy and secure, just choose FSR from the list of approved charities and donate through the online giving portal or with a paper form. All CFC charities have been vetted as authorized non-profits that provide real support and serve the community.
Second, the CFC promotes individuals think about making charitable donations while also making the process as convenient as possible. Small payroll deduction every month quickly add up to a significant impact. FSR relies on donations from the CFC because it provides us with a constant source of proceeds for the year.
There a few ways to pledge including, payroll deduction, credit/debit, or ACH bank account transfers. Donating through CFC provides Federal workers the opportunity to become involved in their communities and to have their efforts in giving and volunteering viewed as a direct extension of their dedication to public service while helping non-profit organizations in their fundraising.
How is public accountability ensured?
The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) regulates the CFC and provides guidance to local campaigns. OPM is accountable for reassuring federal employees that their donations are honored and provided to the organization(s) of their choice. This is done in several ways:
- OPM maintains eligibility and public accountability criteria that all CFC charities must meet. See their website for more details.
- Every year, OPM makes admission decisions for all charity applicants and resolves charity admission appeals.
- OPM sets strict requirements and provides on-going guidance for the conduct of the Central Campaign Administrator, Local Federal Coordination Committee, and the Outreach Coordinator. The OPM also verifies the fiscal integrity of the campaign annually.
How can you get involved?
As a federal employee, you have the opportunity to help support the mission of The Foundation for Sarcoidosis Research through CFC. If you are a new user, simply set up an account through the CFC Donor Pledge System enter your email and select a password.
Our CFC number is 85846. By entering this code you can be assured that your donation goes to support the efforts of our foundation. You may make a one-time donation or set up a recurring donation that can be automatically deducted from your paycheck. There is no limit to the number or amount an organization may receive. For any questions, concerns, or further information please reach out to our team at (312)-341-0500 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.