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Application Process


All nonprofit organizations recognized by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) under 26 U.S.C. §501(c)(3) are eligible to apply for the 2020 Combined Federal Campaign (CFC). Through the CFC participating charities have the opportunity to reach 9 million potential donors across the country and around the world. Learn more by visiting  and reviewing applicable fees found in the U.S. Office of Personnel Management document: CFC Memo 2019-07 – 2020 CFC Schedule of Application and Listing Fees  (please link to attached doc) The Charity Application System will close on January 31, 2020 at 11:59 pm (ET).


  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.


2020 CFC Application Checklist for Federations
2020 CFC Application Checklist for Independent Organizations
2020 CFC Application Checklist for FSYP/FSYA Programs

The majority of application related questions can be answered by first reviewing training resources and FAQs. Links to informative videos are listed below.

CFC Application Training Video Series

Welcome Message from the Director, Office of CFC

Introduction to the 2020 CFC Application Training Series

CFC Application System

Top 10 Application Mistakes

CFC Application Process and Steps 1-3: Organization Contact Information, Application Type, and Human Health and Welfare Services

Step 4: Areas of Service

Steps 5 and 6: CFC Exemption Status and IRS Determination Letter

Step 7: Revenue (Financial Statements)  


Step 8: IRS Form 990 or Pro Forma Form 990


Steps 9-11: AFR, Governing Body, and Verifying Statements

Follow on Tasks for the CFC Application


CFC Eligibility Decisions


Submitting a DBA Name Request

If you have any further questions regarding the application process, please contact Customer Care at or 888-232-4935. If you have any policy questions, please contact OPM at or 202-606-2564.