Frequently Asked Questions

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  Q: My taxes go to support the poor, so why should I give to the CFC?

A: Some CFC agencies do assist destitute persons through services, but not by simply giving money away. Those services agencies include job training, recreation for youth and rehabilitation programs to help people become self-supporting and to prevent the occurrence of more serious problems. Government dollars are not growing to meet these "people problems". Without these CFC supported programs, many more people would need public assistance, which could drive up your taxes. Many of the CFC agencies primarily focus on services for working families. Visiting nurses, family counseling, drug and alcohol abuse treatment programs, scouting programs and Red Cross programs are used by all of us. In fact, at a greater occurrence than ever before, federal employees are recipients of these services as they readjust their lives after the effects of reinvention of government and base closings. The services of CFC agencies are available to everyone in the community, as well as nationally and overseas.
 Q: Who really benefits?
A: Anyone who wishes to use a CFC agency can benefit from it...the handicapped, the elderly, the disaster-stricken, the youth, those with emotional or marital problems, people looking for recreational or volunteer activities, impoverished persons overseas. Thousands of people in our community, and many individuals nationally and internationally, benefit from CFC services...swimming lessons at the Y, scouting programs, family counseling, day care and medical research. In addition, CFC agencies help preserve our environment and respond to tragedies as natural disasters occur. Agency services are geared toward helping people no matter what their income level. Indirectly, we all benefit from living and working in a healthier, happier world.
 Q: Why should I give to the CFC?

A: Your gift improves the quality of life for you and your neighbors. You have access throughout your lifetime to the thousands of vital health and social services not supplied, or only partially covered, by government sources. These services stabilize lives, arrest social problems, encourage productivity and increase the resources and prosperity of the entire community, nation and overseas.
 Q: I cannot afford to raise my gift or contribute to CFC; there isn't enough money, I'm losing my job.
A: We are all fighting the problems of the cost of living, and it does not get easier. However, just think - if those of us who are employed feel the "pinch", imagine what it must be like for someone less fortunate who needs help. The handicapped, the elderly, and the disabled continue to need our support. Your continued support now will increase the likelihood that the services you might need, will be available when you need them.

 Q: My husband/wife gives where he/she works. Why should be both give?

A: It is important for every employed person to do his or her part. Every worker has a responsibility to help maintain the comprehensive CFC programs that enhance the economic strength of our area, which in turn, supports job stability for every wage earner. CFC can continue to provide needed human care services only if everyone helps.
Q: How much of the money goes to fund raising costs?
A: Less than 7 cents of the CFC donor dollar goes to administration and fund raising. Compare this with other drives where much more of the total amount raised has gone for campaign costs. CFC is the most efficient and effective way to help people. It's planned, it's budgeted, it's audited, and it's fair to people in need.
 Q: What is the Suggested Giving Guide?
A: It is merely a guide to help you in your decision about how much to give. It is a guide, not a requirement. CFC asks you to consider giving the community standard of one percent of your annual salary to keep necessary human services available in our community and to help those national and international operations in CFC.

 Q: What if I lose my job?
A: You will not be expected to continue your pledge payments during your period of unemployment and you remain eligible to receive available services.
 Q: What if I can't afford to give right now?
A: You don't have to. Deductions don't begin until January. Pledge your gift through payroll deduction and spread small payments over the year. Agencies need your year round support.
 Q: Are labor and management both behind the CFC?
A: Yes, labor organizations and members work with management to make the campaign a success.

 Q: Where can I research charities or find volunteer opportunities?
     For general information about trends in giving and volunteering or data on the nonprofit sector, donors may contact:

     GuideStar: -- includes public assess to IRS form 990s as filed by non-profit organizations

     America's Natural and Cultural Resources Volunteer Portal: -- for volunteer opportunities

     Independent Sector:

     National Center for Charitable Statistics: 
     Association of Fundraising Professionals:

     Volunteer Match: