HOW TO COMMENT ON THE PROPOSED COMBINED FEDERAL CAMPAIGN (CFC) REGULATIONS

Posted on May 14, 2013. Filed under: Combined Federal Campaign - CFC, Fundraising, Leadership, Non-profits, Office of Personnel Management (OPM) |

                MASSIVE CHANGES PROPOSED TO

                 COMBINED FEDERAL CAMPAIGN (CFC) 

WILL HARM NON-PROFITS IF IMPLEMENTED AS PROPOSED

By Bill Huddleston, The CFC Coach, billhuddleston@verizon.net, 703-434-9780

NON-PROFITS WHO CARE ABOUT THE SINGLE LARGEST SOURCE OF UNRESTRICTED FUNDS IN USA – THE COMBINED FEDERAL CAMPAIGN – PLEASE READ AND COMMENT TO SAVE THE CFC!

HOW TO COMMENT ON THE PROPOSED COMBINED FEDERAL CAMPAIGN REGULATIONS

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has proposed massive changes to how the Combined Federal Campaign works.  There are more than 40 pages of proposed regulations, and my analysis of the changes can be found at the SAVETHECFC Linked-In Group and on my blog at www.cfctreasures.wordpress.com.  There is a public comment period for all proposed government regulations, and the comment period concerning the Combined Federal Campaign proposed regulations closes June 7, 2013.

There are two ways to comment:  Send a written letter to the OPM’s Director of the Combined Federal Campaign, Keith Willingham or submit your comments via the electronic comment function of the Federal Register.   My recommendation is to use the Federal Register method because other members of the non-profit community will also be able to see your comments.

Subject: RIN 3206-AM68, Solicitation of Federal Civilian and Uniformed Service Personnel for Contributions to Private Voluntary Organizations

Reference Number: RIN 3206-AM68

Dates:    OPM must receive comments on or before June 7, 2013

URL: https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2013/04/08/2013-08017/solicitation-of-federal-civilian-and-uniformed-service-personnel-for-contributions-to-private

Shorter URL:   https://federalregister.gov/a/2013-08017

Here’s one example of a proposed change that will have negative impacts on CFC charities,  the Federal CFC donor, and most importantly the people that receive the services from the many CFC charities.

 Example of a Proposed Regulation Missing the Mark with wide negative consequences:

“Shifting the Campaign” is NOT the same as “Extending”

In the CFC-50 Commission
meetings there were many people and organizations that spoke to the benefit of extending the campaign to January 15th from the current December 15th end.  There are many reasons for this, including both year-end charitable giving and federal personnel schedules.

In watching all eight hours of video testimony, reading all the recommendations and appendices in the CFC-50 report, not a single person said “Shift the Campaign” from September to December to October to January.    “Shifting” is not the same as “extending” and there are many negative consequences to shifting, which I will describe in detail in later posts, but since there was no mention of this at all in 4 public meetings over many months, the idea was not addressed.

Will Cut CFC Revenues in Half:

If implemented as proposed these untested changes will have the effect of cutting CFC revenues for thousands of CFC charities in half, which is what has happened when such massive changes have been tried at the in workplace giving campaigns at the city and state level.  To see how much revenue was raised in your state through the CFC, please see this worksheet I created showing the state by state totals. https://cfctreasures.wordpress.com/2013/05/02/combined-federal-campaign-2012-results-by-state

If you have questions or concerns about how you can help save the CFC as one of the most useful programs for millions of Americans who benefit from the $260 million dollars generated annually by the CFC, please don’t hesitate to contact me at BillHuddleston@verizon.net or by phone at 703-434-9780.

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