If you’re in the nonprofit industry you’ve probably seen the recent headlines in Nonprofit Times and the Chronicle of Philanthropy concerning the Combined Federal Campaign, or CFC and it’s no wonder that there’s confusion. The CFC actually has an inspiring vision — “A government that encourages and enables active employee participation in local communities and fosters collaboration with business and the non-profit sector to achieve this goal.”
As a brief introduction, the Combined Federal Campaign is the Federal government’s workplace giving program and is the world’s largest source of unrestricted funds. Through it, Federal public servants have donated more than one billion dollars to thousands of local, national, and international non-profits over the past five years.
It’s pretty obvious that the government agency in charge of the CFC forgot this vision when they came up with their plan to introduce identification system for the CFC charities, as well-intentioned as the plan is. The reason for this change is that the new 2007 CFC regulations open up the CFC to thousands of non-profits that would not have qualified in enroll previously. Because of this, the current 4 digit system simply does not have enough numbers to handle all the charities without duplication of numbers.
Check the CFC Treasures blog tomorrow for a mechanism that would be beneficial both the CFC charities and to the CFC donors.
Thanks, Bill Huddleston, the CFC guy, bringing you the CFC in plain English, http://www.cfcfundraising.com.