For more than 30 years, Charitable Choices has been helping charities raise more money in the federal government's charity drive, the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC). We produce and distribute three guides to CFC charities. We also organize joint ads in other publications.
Our new website gives charities a chance to tell potential donors what they do and why their work needs support. Charities that are part of our guides or joint ads get a premium page in our site for a full year for free.
Every CFC charity can be part of our guides, website and other options. We are not a CFC “federation.” We are an information source about CFC charities.
Here is how we distribute our guides. We print and distribute a lot of guides -- nearly 270,000 in 2018. Over the years we've built a great network for distributing guides by hand, directly to employees as they go to work in the early morning. In 2018, our own distributors handed out more than 41,500 guides.
- Distribution Overview explains what makes our distribution so effective. This is our DC-area Distribution Overview.
- Distribution Detailed Reports lists the 121 federal offices, 42 Metro stations and 99 military bases we targeted in 2018.
Our Guides look great. We use engaging photos and design and print our guides on white paper, not newsprint. They look like guides, organized by the types of work charities do ("Children," "Medical Research," etc.), not just collections of display ads. People use them.
We offer CFC charities many options
In each guide, charities can choose to have display ads or charity stories in addition to their listings. Charities can also choose to be on a page on which each charity answers one question – "Why should I support your work?" Charities get up to 75 words to answer this question, plus their logos and small photos. This allows less well-known charities a chance to explain why their work is so important and needs support.
In addition, we offer two other excellent CFC promotion options:
- We publish a Special CFC Section in Recreation News, a monthly distributed to more than 75,000 federal and military employees, mostly in the DC area. Here is the list of all the federal and military offices to which Rec. News is delivered. In addition, this issue of Rec News was downloaded from the Rec News website 128,000 times.
- We also publish our Military Insert, which went to 557,600 people at 240 military bases across the world in 2018. Here are lists of the U.S. and overseas bases that received our Insert. Both our Rec News Special Section and our Military Insert are full-color and look great.
Does being in our guides and other options make a difference?
For years we’ve tracked our guides’ impact. Recently we published a report on data for more than two dozen charities that documents the positive impact our guides can have for many charities. This report builds on an article that summarized some of the most dramatic impact data we've seen, data that involved three related CFC charities that dropped out of our guides in 2014, then came back in 2015. They went down dramatically the year they left our guides, then went up when they came back.
Measuring the Impact explains the ways we and CFC charities have documented this impact. It also discusses the many factors that can affect how much a charity receives year to year through the CFC.
Here are the specs for our guides, Military Insert, Recreation News Special CFC Section and our website. Here's the form to use for your charity's page in our site. Here are the seven questions each charity answers.
If you have questions or need more information, please e-mail or call us: [email protected] 240-683-7100.