About the Campaign

What is the CFD?

The Combined Fund Drive (CFD) is the state's workplace giving campaign which provides faculty and staff the opportunity to give to their favorite charities through payroll deduction or a one-time gift. Established in 1984, the CFD offers convenience, choice, and confidentiality.

The CFD is allowed by state law to deduct reasonable administrative costs* from the campaign contributions to run the campaign (WAC 357-55). Administrative costs pay for:

  • Volunteer coordinator training and recognition.
  • Printing of campaign materials, development of the CFD video, postage, supplies.
  • Technology support.
  • Staff salaries and travel.
  • Contracted professional support.

Administrative costs are critical because they provide the support needed to coordinate a large campaign like the CFD. Millions are raised every year for thousands of charities. Administrative work ensures the money goes to the appropriate charity.

Each of the charities share in the administrative expenses proportionate to the funds raised for their organization during the campaign. Charities participate in the Combined Fund Drive and other workplace giving programs because it is one of the most inexpensive forms of fundraising for charities. It lowers their own administrative costs because they receive one consolidated check from the CFD each quarter which reduces their accounting expenses.

How Funds Are Collected and Distributed

Contributions are collected from employees each pay period and deposited to the CFD account with the State Treasurer to earn interest. Employees have the choice of giving directly to a specific charity and/or to the CFD's "non-specified" fund. Before each quarterly distribution of donations, the CFD deducts administrative expenses from the total of the specified and non-specified donations and interest. The remaining total is sent to the charities.

Click here to review the 2012 CFD annual report.

Page Updated 03.21.2013