Family Support and Youth Activities/Programs (FSYA/FSYP)

Historically, the Combined Federal Campaign – Overseas (CFC-O) offered a unique program that invested undesignated funds from the campaign to “Family Support and Youth Programs” (FSYP) at overseas military communities to support quality of life improvement programs. Beginning in 2017, new CFC regulations eliminated undesignated funds, thereby requiring all FSYP/MWR programs to apply to participate as “local charities” in the CFC.

Important Information

If you are interested in having your program apply to be included in the 2018 CFC, here are a few key points:

  1. Family Support and Youth Activities (FSYAs)/ Family Support and Youth Programs (FSYPs) are defined by OPM as an organization on a domestic (in the case of FSYAs) or non-domestic (in the case of FSYPs) military installation recognized by the Department of Defense as providing programs for military families on the installation. They apply to participate in the campaign as “local charities”.

  2. OPM will accept online applications only from charities via the new charity application system. Applications will be accepted through January 31, 2018. www.cfccharities.opm.gov

  3. The email addresses you enter when completing an application are the only way OPM will communicate with you throughout the application process. You are encouraged to enter more than one, add OPM to your “safe” list, and check your junk/spam filter frequently to be sure you do not miss an important and timely communication from OPM regarding your application.

  4. Programs must pay a non-refundable application fee to apply. If you are accepted, you will need to pay the listing fee in order to actually participate in the 2018 CFC. Application and listing fee schedules can be found at: https://cfccharities.opm.gov/#/applicationForCharities/.

  5. FSYP programs must meet certain qualifications to be approved to participate in the CFC. (see the box below)

  6. You must have a letter from your base commander certifying that your program meets OPM regulations and DoD policy guidelines as documentation to submit with your application. A sample letter is attached.

Benefits

There are several benefits to participating in the CFC.

  1. You can receive monetary donations and pledges for volunteer hours through the CFC.

  2. As a participating charity, you will be invited to participate in local campaign events.

  3. You can advertise your CFC five-digit identification number to encourage military members and Federal civilians to support your program through the CFC.

  4. You will be able to track pledges made to your program during the campaign via the online system.

Have Questions or Need Help?

For policy related questions, please contact OPM at 202-606-2564 or [email protected]. For technical support in using the online application portal, please contact the application administrator at 888-232-4935 or [email protected].

Quality of Life Program CFC Qualifications

  • Must be a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization or be a DoD program that provides family service programs or youth activity programs to personnel in the command and be a nonappropriated fund instrumentality that supports the installation morale, welfare, and recreation (MWR)/family support program.  (Applications are allowed from installation FSYPs to cover approved expenses for which appropriated funds (APF) are not allowed or are not available).
  • The activity must not receive a majority of its financial support from appropriated funds or follow DoD funding guidelines. (DoD policies for these programs requires the Department to over operations of FSYAs at varying degrees from 65 percent of the budgeted costs from APF.)
  • Contributions must be used for announced purposes.
  • Active program leadership by a board of directors or the commander and the MWR staff member) and fiscal and program oversight consistent with DoD policies and/or OPM regulations.
    • Annual budget oversight consistent with DoD policy requirements and/or OPM regulations
  • Report on annual activities
  • Must have a non-discrimination policy