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    If Implemented As Proposed, Changes Could Cut CFC Revenues to Nonprofits by at least 50%



    The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has proposed massive changes to how the Combined Federal Campaign works. There are more than 40 pages of proposed regulations, and my analysis of the changes can be found at the SAVETHECFC Linked-In Group and on my blog at

    There is a public comment period for all proposed government regulations, and the comment period concerning the Combined Federal Campaign proposed regulations closes June 7, 2013.

    There are two ways to comment: Send a written letter to Keith Willingham, the OPM’s Director of the Combined Federal Campaign, or submit your comments via the electronic comment function of the Federal Register. I recommend, strongly, that you use the Federal Register method so that other members of the nonprofit community will be able to see your comments.

    Subject/Reference Number: RIN 3206-AM68, Solicitation of Federal Civilian and Uniformed Service Personnel for Contributions to Private Voluntary Organizations


    Here’s one example of a proposed change that will have dire consequences for the Federal CFC donor, for CFC charities, and most importantly the people that receive the services from those nonprofit organizations.

    Example of a Proposed Regulation Missing the Mark and having wide negative consequences:

    In the CFC-50 Commission meetings there were many people and organizations that spoke to the benefit of extending the campaign to January 15th from the current December 15th end. The reasons for this include, both, year-end charitable giving and federal personnel schedules.

    In watching all eight hours of video testimony, reading all the recommendations and appendices in the CFC-50 report, not a single person said “Shift the Campaign” from September-to-December to October-to-January.

    “Shifting” is not the same as “extending…”
    and there are many negative consequences to shifting, but since there was no mention of this at all in four public meetings over many months, the idea was not addressed.

    Hidden Regulations – Federal Retirees Section

    Some of the proposed regulations are poorly organized, with no logic behind them, and they have the effect of hiding significant and important changes. For example, the section dealing with Federal retirees, instead of being in a “Donors” section, is hidden in the “establishing Regional Committees” section, ignores the CFC-50 Commission recommendations, and makes a multi-million dollar error in judgment … all in less than a paragraph.

    Here’s the link to the section that deals with retirees, hidden in the phrase “and also eliminates restriction on soliciting non-Federal personnel.” 950.103 Establishing Regional Coordinating Committees.

    Will Cut CFC Revenues in Half:
    If implemented as proposed, these untested changes will have the effect of cutting in half the CFC revenues for thousands of CFC charities, which is what has already happened when such massive changes were tried in workplace giving campaigns at the city and state level.

    To see how much revenue was raised in your state through the CFC, please see my worksheet showing the state-by-state totals:

    If you have questions or concerns about how you can help save the CFC as one of the most useful programs for millions of Americans who benefit from the $260 million dollars generated annually by this workplace giving campaign, please don’t hesitate to contact me at Bill Huddleston or by phone at 703-434-9780.

    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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