Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the Combined Fund Drive?

    The Washington State Combined Fund Drive (CFD) is the payroll contribution program for state and higher education employees and retirees. This program allows employees to make donations via check, credit card and payroll deduction to their favorite charities. Since 1984, Washington State public employees and retirees have generously donated more than $110 million to charity through the CFD.

  • Are my donations kept confidential?

    Upon request, your information will be kept confidential. Otherwise the CFD will send your name to the charities you specified to allow them the opportunity to acknowledge you for your pledge.

  • Where does the CFD send my donation?

    Your donation goes to the charity or charities that you have chosen. If you choose to donate to the CFD non-specified fund (aka, the CFD general fund - 0316854) we will distribute your donation to CFD charities based on the charity's pledge percentage of the campaign. For example, if AA charity receives 10% of all contributions, AA would additionally receive 10% of the non-specified contribution.

  • Does the CFD charge an administrative fee?

    The short answer: the CFD has an administrative fee for charities in the program receiving funds of 4-5% on average.

    Now for the long answer...

    The CFD uses its "non-specified" fund to pay for any administrative costs associated with the program. This fund is replenished through ongoing payroll contribution specified to the CFD, fundraising events like the CFD Masquerade Ball, and partnerships with corporate sponsors like WSECU, Twinstar Credit Union and Capitol City Press.

    In the case that administrative costs exceed the money in this fund, a small administrative percentage is taken from each of our member charities.

    In 2014, the aggregate administrative percentage to run the Combined Fund Drive was 12%, but after taking all possible expenses from the non-specified fund, the administrative percentage for each charity receiving funds through the Combined Fund Drive averaged between 4-5%.

    This means that an average of 95% of ALL specified donations made it to the charities they were intended for.

    Click here to see a more detailed view of our 2014 financial report.

  • Can I donate in memory of a loved one?

    Absolutely! This can easily be done when you make your donation using our online system.

  • Can I give through the CFD when I retire?

    Yes! Retirees who receive retirement benefits through DRS can give to the CFD by deduction from their retirement check. Additionally, DRS, and all other retirees, can donate to their favorite charity by writing a check. For more information please contact the CFD office at (360) 902-4162 or email us at cfd@sos.wa.gov.

  • Are my donations tax deductible?

    Yes. Every donation made through the CFD is tax deductible. Just keep track of the proper paperwork and you can deduct your donations when you file your taxes. The CFD suggests that you make sure to consult your tax advisor if you have any questions regarding the deductibility of your donations.

  • When do charities get my donation?

    Donations are disbursed to the charities on a quarterly basis. Interest earned at the State Treasury is added to the charity disbursements.

  • How can I give?

    The CFD provides easy and convenient ways to give to your favorite charity or your community.

    · Monthly payroll deduction: Your contribution is deducted from each payroll or pension check during the calendar months of January through December.

    · One-time payroll deduction: This deduction will be taken from your next available payroll check if no date is specified.

    · Personal check: Checks must be made payable to the CFD.

    · Volunteer: Help with the CFD campaign and give your time to any charity.

  • Can I donate with a credit card?

    Yes! This feature is available to all those that wish to pay via credit for one-time payments and fundraising events. These payments will go to the designated charity for fundraising and disaster relief campaigns, or to the CFD general fund if not specified by the donor

  • How do I contact the CFD office?

    The CFD office is open Monday through Friday, 8 AM to 5 PM.

    Phone: (360) 902-4162
    Email: cfd@sos.wa.gov
    Address: PO Box 40250, Olympia, WA 98504