Application Process

UPDATE: The CFC application deadline has been extended to February 26, 2021. Please read the following announcement by OPM




The 2021 charity application portal will be open beginning Tuesday, December 1, 2020 and will close January 31, 2021.

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? Join the 2021 CFC Charity Application Training:


Charity Application Training: Part 1

Date: Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021
Time: 1:00 - 3:30pm EST
What: Join us for the first session of the 2021 CFC Charity Application Training. Learn about the CFC, accessing pledge information, and the application process.

Charity Application Training: Part 2

Date: Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021
Time: 1:00 - 2:00pm EST
What: Join us for the second session of the 2021 CFC Charity Application Training. Learn about the application mistakes to avoid, follow up tasks, eligibility determinations, and special information for federations.

Charity Application Training: Live Q&A

Date: Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021
Time: 2:00 - 3:00pm EST
What: Have additional questions? Join the CFC application experts from the OPM office for a live Q&A session following Part 2 of the Application Training.


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 2021 CFC Schedule of Application and Listing Fees has been released by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management in CFC Memorandum 2020-03. 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.


  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.