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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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!
Our quarterly newsletter, Community Matters, keeps you informed on all things United Way NCA, including volunteer opportunities, news, upcoming events to attend, a letter from our president & CEO, Rosie Allen-Herring, and so much more.