Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Government Charity Drive Does Not Vet Charities

On msnbc.com today, is a must read, very informative article for anyone who gives via the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC). If you don’t know, the CFC is the nation’s largest workplace giving campaign, which gives federal civilian employees, members of the military, and U.S. Postal Service workers the opportunity to contribute to charities. Since the CFC was created in the early 1960s, it has generated billions of dollars in contributions.

The article referenced above takes a critical look at less-than-stringent criteria used to include charities in the campaign and the resulting fact that some less-than-stellar organizations --- such as the 0-star Help Hospitalized Veterans --- end up in the campaign. We’ve written about this issue before (more than once) in order to educate potential CFC donors and warn them that they still need to do their homework in selecting a charity. Furthermore, we’ve cross-reference our database of charities with those enrolled in the national/international CFC. Of the more than 850 charities in our database that match up, 4 have a 0-star rating and 63 have a 1-star rating. On the flip side, the 365 4-star charities and the 266 3-star charities demonstrate that government employees shouldn’t fear giving via the CFC --- so long as they check out the charities first.

To locate a rating for a specific charity enrolled in the campaign, simply enter its CFC number in the search box. Alternatively, you can limit any search to charities in the CFC by using our advanced search tool or by selecting CFC as a filter criteria on the search results page.

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