Some often-asked questions about CFC…
- Who determines where my contributions go?
- What if I do not designate?
- Will all the agencies listed in the Charity List receive money?
- Does CFC set limits on how much money an organization can receive?
- Who determines which charities are listed in the Charity List?
- Why isn’t my favorite charity included on the Charity List?
- What is Universal Giving?
- Should I choose a charity based upon the lowest overhead rate?
- I prefer to contribute directly to a charity. Why should I give my charitable contribution through the CFC?
- Can I make my pledge on-line?
- Will I get a receipt?
- Why is there a “Suggested Giving Guide”?
- What happens if I retire or leave my Federal agency before the end of the year?
1. Who determines where my contributions go?
You do! When you designate you determine where your contribution goes.
2. What if I do not designate?
Undesignated donations are distributed among the charities in the same proportion that the charities received designations.
3. Will all charities listed in the Charity List receive money?
Charities receive money only if they receive designations.
4. Does CFC set limits on how much money an organization can receive?
No. The amount of money each organization receives is determined by donor designations.
5. Who determines which charities to list in the Charity List?
Charities apply to be included in either the national, international or local section of the Charity List. Charities complete applications and certifications regarding finances and services. The eligibility of National and International charities is determined by Federal volunteers in Washington, DC. Local charity applications are received, evaluated and eligibililty determinations are made by local Federal volunteers. At all levels, Federal employees review charitable applications to determine eligibility.
6. Why isn’t my favorite charity included on the Charity List?
Charities must apply annually in order to be included … so your favorite charity either did not apply or did not qualify.
7. What is Universal Giving?
Universal Giving (UG) is available to all Federal employees in all CFC areas … meaning that Federal employees may contribute to any local charity in any CFC no matter where the donor or the charity is geographically located.
8. Should I choose a charity based upon the lowest overhead rate?
Not necessarily. The overhead rate of a charitable organization should not be considered the primary indicator of an organization’s efficiency or performance. If an organization’s overhead appears to be unusaly high, a potential donor is encouraged to contact the organization and ask questions about the overhead. A donor might also review the charity’s rating with Charity Navigator or Guide Star.
9. I prefer to contribute directly to a charity. Why should I give my charitable contribution through the CFC?
However you give, charities always are grateful for your contribution. However, there are several sound reasons for giving through the CFC. (a) Charities know in March what their revenue from pledges will be, and can plan their programs accordingly. Sporadic individual contributions do not make planning easy. (b) Payroll allotment/deduction – available through the CFC – is an easy way to give. Contributors in 2015 gave an average of $286.41 through payroll deduction compared with the average cash gift of $78. (c) When you designate to your charity through the CFC, your charity also will receive a share of the undesignated funds. (d) Charities appreciate that the CFC’s low overhead costs increases the revenue for their programs. Often charities have overhead costs for fundraising that are substantially higher than the CFCs … in other words, it is often less expensive for the organization if you contribute through the CFC rather than their having to solicit you directly.
10. Can I make my pledge on-line?
Yes, on-line pledging is available to all Federal employees. The advantages of giving on-line include: security, accuracy and speed.
ll. Will I get a receipt?
Because your contribution is tax deductible, donors are encouraged to retain a copy of their pledge card for the records. Donors giving through payroll deduction may use their year-end LES (leave and earning statement) as a receipt. Donor who made a one-time contribution through cash or check may request a tax verification letter from the CFC office by contacting Nita Yates, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Donors requesting a receipt will need to provide name, mailing address, amount contributed and pledge card number. Tax receipt letter will be mailed NLT January 31, 2017.
12. Why is there a “Suggested Giving Guide” ?
In almost any group, anytime someone is asked to give money … a farewell gift for a retiring worker or a wedding gift for a fellow office worker … the automatic response is “How much?” The Suggested Giving Guide is an effort to answer the “How much” question.
The amount that you choose to give is totally your choice.
13. What happens if I retire or leave my Federal agency before the end of the year?
Your donation stops when you are no longer a Federal employee. Your payroll office stops your contribution.
If you have other questions, please contact:
Honolulu-Pacific Federal Executive Board 808-541-2637
Hawaii-Pacific Area CFC 808-543-2233/2232
Office of Personnel Management 202-606-2564