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United Way of Pierce County is the Principal Combined Fund Organization (PCFO) for the CFC of South Puget Sound.

The PCFO is the charitable organization selected by the Local Federal Coordinating Committee (LFCC) to administer the
local campaign. The PCFO operates under the direction
and control of the LFCC.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

WHY NOT GIVE TO CHARITY DIRECTLY?
  • Economy and simplicity for charity to process single contributions.
  • Consistent monthly income allows charity to plan annual budget. Helps even out the usual seasonal peaks and valleys in income. Annual budgets help a charity use their money more efficiently.
  • Lowers charity’s overhead costs (i.e., less processing and fund raising time/costs (mailings, administrative). Utilizes CFC’s low overhead (11.1percent in 2009) to increase a charity’s revenue.
  • Painless deduction at each pay period vs. large lump sum for a single pay period.
  • Consolidation of individual Federal employee gifts can leverage dollars for matching grant funds.
  • Enhance Federal employees’ community image.
  • Online Giving Option allows you to research charities with just a click of the mouse and makes donating easy
  • Personal recognition for you as CFC contributor.
  • Generates camaraderie in agency and friendly competition – catalyst for more dollars to charities in our community
  • You personally designate which charities receive your contribution.
  • Approximately 2,500 choices of widely diverse services and programs.
HOW DO I KNOW MY CHOSEN CHARITIES REALLY RECEIVE MY MONEY?
  • Charities usually write to thank you when “Release of Name” is completed.
  • Annual audits conducted by Local Federal Coordinating Committee, a Certified Public Accountant, and the Office of Personal Management to ensure contributions are collected and distributed accurately and that campaign expenses are justified and in accordance with federal regulations.
  • All pledges reported to federal government (OPM) every year
  • CFC requires audit of all recipient charities before acceptance.
  • Audit results available through CFC.
IF I DESIGNATE MY GIFT TO A CERTAIN AGENCY, DOES THAT REDUCE THEIR GENERAL FUNDS BY THAT AMOUNT?
  • No. Designated and undesignated funds are distributed separately.
  • One does not impact the other.
  • Approximately 90 percent of CFC donations are designated to specific agencies or federations (i.e. “umbrella organizations”)
WHY SHOULD I CONTRIBUTE TO CFC WHEN I DON’T USE THEIR SERVICES?
  • CFC organizations touch all of our lives everyday through Human Services and Environmental causes such as disaster relief, support of veterans and morale welfare recreation programs, medical research, job-training, clean air/water, protection of our resources, pets, and wildlife. This is in addition to providing medical care, food, clothing, Christmas toys to children and families in need. This strengthens our neighborhoods and communities thereby raising the condition of all.
  • Your support represents an insurance policy that agencies will be there when/should the next Hurricane Katrina, or storm in the Northwest hit.
  • Experience teaches that any of us may be just one misfortune away from needing a CFC agency’s help.
WHY ARE THESE PARTICULAR CHARITIES LISTED IN THE CAMPAIGN BROCHURE?
  • Charities must apply annually to be listed.
  • Recipient charities must apply and pass stringent eligibility tests.
    • IRS 501(c) 3 status as not-for-profit, voluntary organization
    • Eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions
    • An active volunteer board of directors
    • Overhead costs reported with IRS 990 Form and Financial Audits
    • Annual report is available to the public
    • Local Applicants must have “local presence” which includes office/facility open minimum 15 hours per week, and located in Pierce, Thurston or Lewis counties or adjacent campaign areas..
  • Those denied eligibility may appeal to local committee or the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) possible inclusion.
  • National/International Organizations apply directly to the Office of Personnel Management in Washington DC for eligibility.
WHY SHOULD I SUPPORT ORGANIZATIONS OF WHICH I DISAPPROVE?
  • CFC includes approximately 2,500 (varies each year) diverse organizations.
  • It is a donor choice campaign so you support only those agencies you select.
CFC ADMINISTRTIVE COSTS ARE TOO HIGH!
  • Contrary to what most people believe, CFC fund raising expenses have been about 10 cents on each dollar received. This is lower than almost any charity. This mainly provides campaign materials and fund raising services. There is one professional staff and significant support from the accounting department, marketing department, and clerical area.
  • CFC utilizes Federal employee volunteers to run the campaign.
  • Ask charities they depend upon the CFC to help LOWER their costs and reach audiences they otherwise never could..
  • CFC is the most efficient way to raise large amounts of money at very small cost and assures maximum possible funding goes directly to charitable programs, not administrative costs.
ISN’T CFC JUST UNITED WAY WITH A DIFFERENT NAME?
  • No. The CFC is a separate campaign running concurrently with the United Way and State Employee campaigns. There is a separate committee called the Local Federal Coordinating Committee (LFCC), made-up of federal employees that oversees all decisions. This is your campaign.
  • CFC via the LFCC contracts with United Way for fiscal management, training and administrative support. This period is opened up publicly for agencies to apply.
WHY AM I BEING SOLICITED IN THE WORKPLACE FOR A CAMPAIGN THAT IS NOT OFFICIAL GOVERNMENT BUSINESS?
  • CFC is official government business… Supervised by officials chosen by Local Federal Coordinating Committee… Authorized by federal regulations and OPM policies.
  • Federal employees who serve as Loaned Executives staff CFC. Loaned by their employing agencies for a four-month period.
IN THE PAST, I HAVE SOMETIMES FELT PRESSURED TO GIVE.
  • We apologize if this has happened to you in the past. The CFC does not advocate high-pressure solicitation, rather we want to inform you of the need in our community, the positive results and benefits of non-profits, and provide you the opportunity to make a difference.
  • Federal regulations prohibit coercion and solicitation by supervisors.
  • Employees donate to express their support for charities of their choice.
CFC EMPHASIZES AN APPROACH OF “100 percent Quality Contact”.
WILL MY CONTRIBUTION REALLY MAKE A DIFFERENCE?
  • Absolutely!
  • Each of us as individuals contributes the building blocks to reach the Pierce, Thurston, Lewis County CFC goal of raising funds for charity.
  • CFC is large, well organized, and a “low overhead cost fundraiser” for recipient charities.
WHY CONTRIBUTE THROUGH PAYROLL DEDUCTIONS?
  • Payroll deduction makes it convenient for you to give by letting you spread your contribution across the entire year.
  • Because there is no simpler way for you to make good things happen for so many people, payroll deduction helps you care for your community and your world.
  • You can take pride in knowing you are part of a larger team of federal employees that are making our world a better place to live and work.
  • Last year, more than 85 percent of all CFC funds raised through our local campaign were given through payroll deduction.
  • Payments on payroll deduction pledges begin on the first pay period in January.

 

 

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Melanie Manista-Rushforth, CFC Director  •  1501 Pacific Ave  •  P.O. Box 2215  •  Tacoma, WA 98401  •  253-597-6686