To get a handle on how many charities might walk away from the CFC if a flat fee is introduced, we need to look at the financial figures from theirperspective.
Anyone want to kick almost 1,000 national charities out of the CFC? How about reducing the number of local charities by a third or more?
If some have their way, this is where we are headed.
For a number of years, the greatest effort by the government to cut costs has involved reducing the number of local CFC zones. Each year, the government urges PCFOs to merge. Currently, OPM states on their website that there are 184 CFC zones – down from 355 a decade earlier. The immediate question, of course, is whether these mergers actually reduce costs.
While the CFC slips in both the rate of employee participation and the amount of money raised, the government – perhaps inevitably – is paying a great deal of attention to cutting costs. That drive toward efficiency was reinforced early this year when OPM’s Inspector General issued a critical report of spending by Global Impact, the administrator of the National Capital Area CFC zone.
This blog has been quiet for several months. But during that time, the world of the CFC has been very active. We now want to look carefully at what’s been going on, what may happen in the near future, and what it all may mean to those with a stake in the CFC.