All is not lost. Now that the worst has come to pass, we can hope that OPM and its contractors will make needed changes to repair the program. Donors and charities alike have deserted the campaign, and their return is essential to any recovery . It is too late to alter much about the 2018 CFC, though I have suggested elsewhere some actions that might help. But the first opportunity to make big changes will be the 2019 campaign. A number of ideas being discussed among CFC stakeholders could bring major improvements, but only if OPM will seriously engage the constructive criticism being offered.
We’re crossing our fingers. The CFC has been an important vehicle for good. If it can be saved, thousands of charities will benefit, along with millions of people they serve.