The Combined Fund Drive (CFD) is Washington State’s workplace giving program for active and retired public employees. State and higher education employees are invited to give to the charity of their choice through payroll contribution and agency fundraising events.
For more than 35 years, Washington State has proven to be one of the most giving states in the nation. Each year, over 15,000 active and retired public employees pledge more than $5 million to over 1,700 local, national and global charities. That number is good enough to place Washington State third in the nation amongst state employee giving programs, an incredible feat given the fact that our great state is 13th in overall population.
Though the program currently disburses funds to more than 1,700 charities, there are actually over 4,500 member charities in the CFD.
In order to qualify to be a CFD member charity, our charities must be a registered 501(c)3 or 170(c)1 with the Internal Revenue Service, and must also have an active registration with the Office of the Secretary of State Charities Program.
The Combined Fund Drive does not endorse or condone the actions of any individual member organization. The program merely acts as a connection between the donor and their charity of choice. To find out more about what disqualifies on organization, download our program WACs by clicking here.
As outlined in the Combined Fund Drive’s Discontinuation of Contact Policy, there are very strict policies placed on member charities when contacting donors, ensuring that the CFD protects the privacy of everyone who gives through payroll contribution.
A state employee or retiree can give safely and easily through the CFD’s online system, or with a paper contribution form in any of the following ways:
A recurring amount will be taken out of each paycheck until the employee chooses to stop.
A single donation is collected and distributed to the charity of the donor’s choice.
Limited Time Contribution
Donations will be taken out of each paycheck for a set amount of time as defined by the employee.
Personal check or cash, at fundraisers or accompanied by a paper contribution form.
Without our volunteers, the Combined Fund Drive could not function as a viable giving organization.
Over1,000 active volunteers are stationed in various state offices and higher education campuses across the state, administering the program and promoting charitable giving to their offices.
The Combined Fund Drive campaign runs annually from the beginning of October to the end of December and is administered in over 250 different agencies and higher education institutions.
County Committees also put together events around the state that help bring donations to the charities of the CFD.
Check out our 2021 Annual Campaign Report by Clicking here
For more information, visit our Frequently Asked Questions webpage.