For local charities that want to apply to the CFC as an independent local charity (and not as a member of a federation), for most of the more than 200 regional CFCs, the applications are accepted between late February and the end of March.
Each local CFC sets its own specific application deadline, and the instructions on where to e-mail, mail or deliver the local applications are different for each CFC, but all 200 regional CFCs can be located from the central OPM.gov/CFC website. For example, this is some of the information from the Texas Gulf Coast area, which includes Houston.
Texas Gulf Coast CFC (CFC 0845)
Austin, Bolivar Peninsula, Brazoria, Brazos, Burleson, Colorado, Fort Bend,
Galveston Island, Grimes, Harris, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty, Madison,
Mainland Galveston, Matagorda, Montgomery, Polk, Robertson,
San Jacinto, Waller, Walker, Washington, and Wharton Counties in Texas
2011 Results: $2,896,212.00
The 2013 CFC Texas Gulf Coast application period will be from:
March 1, 2013 – March 30, 2013
Applications, which include instructions, will be available on the Application tab on the “Gulf Coast” website on March 1, 2013. 2012 applicants will receive the applications electronically via the email address on file in the Texas Gulf Coast CFC database. Agencies not in the Texas Gulf Coast CFC that provided email addresses will also receive the applications.
New potential applicants that want to receive electronic copies of the applications must send an email to: email@example.com
The memorandum on Requirements provides direction for a pro forma IRS Form 990.
2012 CFC participants, should review the CFC memorandum at 2013 Eligibility. It provides guidance on several parts of the requirements for the CFC to be implemented in the 2013 application period.
Other resources that are on the OPM.gov/CFC website include the CFC logo in multiple formats and in both color and black and white files. As mentioned in earlier posts, the CFC logo is one of the million dollar benefits provided by the CFC that CFC charities should take advantage of. The CFC logo has a high recognition factor among potential Federal donors, and it is free for use by CFC charities. The logos can be found at the www.opm.gov/cfc/ under the Reference Materials tab.
Review Your 25 Word Description
Each CFC charity gets a 25-word description in the CFC catalog, this is one of the most important marketing tools a charity has, and it is often ignored. It needs to be accurate, but it is a marketing message, so review the one for your charity and make sure it makes sense. If your charity has been in the CFC for several years, make sure that if it needs updating, that you update it.
Upcoming in the March 28th post:
Massive changes are being proposed to how the CFC operates, and my next post will have an introduction to these changed regulations, along with guidance on how to comment on proposed Federal regulations to make sure they address the concerns of CFC non-profits.
During his 25-year career in the Federal sector, Bill Huddleston, The CFC Coach, served in many CFC roles. If you want to participate in the Combined Federal Campaign, maximize your nonprofit’s CFC revenues, or just ask a few questions, contact … Bill Huddleston
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