Application Process

Congratulations! Your 2020 CFC application was approved. Now what?

You are almost there! The final step is to complete the listing process. This will ensure your organization is included in the 2020 list of approved CFC charities. For a detailed walk through of how to complete the listing process, download the Charity Listing Guide. Then visit the Charity Application Portal and log in to your account to get started. 

Flyer with CFC application information - click for the PDF

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

Application Briefings - NCA Office

Through January 2020, staff at the CFCNCA office held in-person and online Briefings to introduce the CFC, review the application process, and answer any questions an organization or representative may have when applying to participate in the 2020 Combined Federal Campaign. 

The application period closed on January 31, 2020. Download our 2020 Charity Application Briefing Presentation to review the application process individually.

Application Videos and Presentations

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