The new CFC fees imposed by OPM for the 2017 campaign contributed to a dramatic decline in charity participation. Overall, from 2016 to 2017, the number of charities in the CFC dropped by more than half.
The government has published its admission fees for the 2018 CFC. For the most part, OPM has maintained its policy set a year ago, which clearly makes it harder for lower performing charities to participate in the Combined Federal Campaign.
For the first 50 years of its life, number of charities in the Combined Federal Campaign increased steadily, and in later years, dramatically. It’s no wonder. The CFC, as originally conceived, offered charities a way to connect with donors – old and new – without incurring any upfront cost. And it spawned recurring donations.