Application Process

In accordance with Executive Order 12353, voluntary health and welfare organizations can apply to solicit charitable contributions from Federal employees and members of the uniformed services at their places of employment or duty. These solicitations take the form of the annual Combined Federal Campaign (CFC)-the world's largest and most successful workplace giving campaign to which all nonprofit organizations recognized by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) under 26 U.S.C. §501(c)(3) are eligible to apply. 

Now Open!

cover image for participation guideThe Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) charity online application system is now open to accept applications for the 2018 CFC campaign. Please go to to submit your application. The application deadline is Jan. 31, 2018. 

Memo: 2018 CFC Schedule of Application and Listing Fees

2018 CFC Charity Participation Guide Presentation   

2018 Charity Participation Video  

 If you have any questions regarding the application process, please contact Customer Care at [email protected] or 888-232-4935. If you have any policy questions, please contact OPM at [email protected] or 202-606-2564.


OPM is offering two live training sessions for the 2018 CFC Application:

  • Training for Independent and Member Organizations - Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017; 1 – 3 p.m. (ET)

  • Training for Federations - Friday, Dec. 15, 2017; 1 – 3 p.m. (ET)

Participants may attend the session in person at OPM's Washington, D.C., office or view remotely via webcast. You may register for a training session via this link: Prior to the training, registered participants will receive instruction on how to access the training in person or via webcast. The deadline to register is two days prior to the selected session. In addition, CFC application training videos are available via the link below, and will also be posted on OPM’s website. 


  1. All organizations must apply each year whether they are required to provide a full application or a verification application.

  2. All organizations must pay the application fee whether they provide a full application or a verification application.

  3. Providing a verification application does not mean your organization has been automatically approved for participation in that campaign.

  4. All approved organizations must pay the listing fee to be included on the CFC Charity List. Listing fees are due prior to the start of the fall campaign. OPM will notify approved charities of the listing fee deadline in the summer.


clipboard clip artOPM is no longer conducting courtesy completeness reviews of applications. Charities are encouraged to utilize the Completeness Review Checklist to ensure that the application meets CFC eligibility requirements. Do not submit the checklist to OPM. Listed below are Completeness Review Checklists for Independent and Member Organizations, Federations and FSYA/FSYP/MWR organizations. The checklists will also be available via the online Charity Application.

Completeness Review Checklist for Independent and Member Organizations

Completeness Review Checklist for Federations

Completeness Review Checklist for FSYA FSYP MWR Organizations


For more information, please visit the CFC Charity Administration Center.