Application Process

Charity Application Portal now open!

The Combined Federal Campaign offers charities the opportunity to reach 9 million potential donors across the country and around the world. Interested in becoming a CFC-participating charity? Watch the 2020 charity participation video, attend one of our charity briefings during December and January, or review the charity participation presentation to learn more.

All nonprofit organizations recognized by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) under 26 U.S.C. §501(c)(3) are eligible to apply. Please visit for more information. The 2020 CFC Schedule of Application and Listing Fees has been released by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management in CFC Memorandum 2019-07. If you have any questions regarding the application process, please contact Customer Care at [email protected] or 888-232-4935. If you have any policy questions, please contact OPM at [email protected] or 202-606-2564. You can review the detailed application instructions for independent or member organizations or federations (coming soon!).


  1. All organizations must apply each year whether they are required to provide a full application or a verification application.
  2. All organizations must pay the application fee whether they provide a full application or a verification application.
  3. Providing a verification application does not mean your organization has been automatically approved for participation in that campaign.
  4. All approved organizations must pay the listing fee to be included on the CFC Charity List. Listing fees are due prior to the start of the fall campaign. OPM will notify approved charities of the listing fee deadline in the summer.
  5. OPM has provided a detailed memo to assist charities with filing out the Areas of Service portion of the application (the section in which services delivered are documented).

For more information, please visit the CFC Charity Administration Center.

Application Checklists

Use these checklists provided by OPM to ensure your 2020 CFC application is complete.

2020 CFC Application Checklist for Federations (coming soon!)
2020 CFC Application Checklist for Independent Organizations
2020 CFC Application Checklist for FSYP/FSYA Programs


Please click on a link below to view OPM's application training video and presentations with detailed instructions on completing your 2020 CFC application.

Video for Independent and Member Organizations
Training Presentation for Independent and Member Organizations
Training Presentation for Federations