The Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) reaches federal workers across various agencies and brings together thousands of donors to support local nonprofit organizations to make a difference in our community.

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The CFC is the largest and most successful workplace giving campaign in the world, with 2021 marking the CFC’s 60th year. Over the last six decades, federal employees have generously pledged more than $8.5 billion dollars to nonprofit organizations, including many that are United Way NCA nonprofit partners.

United Way NCA would like to extend a special thanks to all federal employees and members of our armed forces that have shown support to CFC. When we Live United, we show strength and unity as a powerful collaborative and, most importantly, we better serve our neighbors who need us. When none are ignored, all will thrive.

What is the CFC?

CFC is the world’s largest and most successful annual workplace charity campaign. Federal civilian, postal and military donors can choose from 6,000 of the most trusted non-profits in the country. The campaign’s mission is to promote and support philanthropy through a program that is employee focused, cost-efficient, and effective in providing all federal employees the opportunity to improve the quality of life for all. In 1961, President John F. Kennedy signed Executive Order 10927 creating the campaign and in its 60 years of existence Federal workers have donated more than $7 billion to thousands of local and national charitable organizations.

The CFC’s 60th Anniversary

2021 marks the 60th anniversary of the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC). On March 18, 1961, President John F. Kennedy signed Executive Order #10927, which gave authority to the United States Civil Service Commission to organize nonprofit solicitations of federal government employees, thus creating what we know as the CFC. Since its inception, the CFC campaign has raised more than $8.5 billion for charities and people in need.

Participating in the CFC

Federal civilian employees, postal workers, military personnel, Federal retirees, and contractors are all eligible to donate via the Combined Federal Campaign. Non-profits participate because they find it to be an efficient means of engaging the Federal workforce and a worthwhile way to increase revenue for their organizations.

Key Dates for the 2021 CFC

For those participating in the Combined Federal Campaign and hosting CFC workplace campaigns this year, please keep these important dates in mind:

Sept. 1: The kickoff date for the 2021 CFC
Nov. 11: Veterans Day
Nov. 30: Giving Tuesday
The week of Jan. 10, 2022: Final Campaign Push
Jan. 15, 2022: Final day to give to the CFC

United Way NCA CFC Charity

United Way of the National Capital Area provides our partners with expert assistance in applying to the Combined Federal Campaign as well as advocation during any appeals process.  During the campaign we work to provide our partners with opportunities to participate in campaign events that enable them to promote their organizations to over 350,000 Federal employees in the Washington, DC region.

Contribute to United Way NCA

To contribute to United Way of the National Capital Area, use CFC number 31408. We thank all who designate their contributions to our organization and our nonprofit partners. Your donation makes a lasting impact on our community! Click here to give to United Way NCA and our partners through the CFC.



Working Space

Cause Weeks

Each week during the 2021 CFC, the campaign will focus on a broad charitable cause area and some of its sub-causes. They are selected to represent all 25 National Taxonomy of Exempt Entities (NTEE) code areas and they will coincide with some national awareness days and holidays when possible, representing the interests of the CFC donor base.

Plan on extra marketing during weeks that fall under your main areas of focus. The 2021 Cause Week schedule includes:

Week of Sept. 20: Disaster Relief
Week of Sept. 27: Education
Week of Oct.4: Housing & Shelter
Week of Oct. 11: End Poverty
Week of Oct. 18: Arts & Humanities
Week of Oct. 25: Animal Welfare
Week of Nov. 1: Faith-Based
Week of Nov. 8: Military Support
Week of Nov. 15: Children & Family Services
Week of Nov. 22: Food & Nutrition
Week of Nov. 29: Global Health
Week of Dec. 6: Human Rights
Week of Dec. 13: Environmental Protection
Week of Dec. 20: Mental Wellness
Week of Dec. 27: Community Improvement
Week of Jan. 3: Medical Research
Week of Jan. 10: Choose your favorite cause and finish strong!