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§950.303 Local federations eligibility.
(a) LFCC's must approve local federations that meet the applicable requirements, except that in order to determine whether the LFCC must recognize a local federation, the LFCC may request evidence of corrective action regarding any prior violation of regulation or directive, sanction, or penalty, as appropriate. A local federation that has been notified that it will not be included on the Local part of the Charity List because of failure to correct a prior violation may appeal the LFCC's decision to the Director in accordance with §950.205(b). The Director retains the ultimate authority to decide whether the local federation has demonstrated, to the Director's satisfaction, that the local federation has taken appropriate corrective action. Failure to demonstrate satisfactory corrective action or to respond to a request by the LFCC or Director for information within 10 business days of the date of the request may result in a determination that the local federation will not be included in the Local part of the Charity List.
(b) By applying for inclusion in the CFC, federations consent to allow the LFCC and Director complete access to it and its members' CFC books and records and to respond to requests for information by the LFCC and the Director.
(c) An organization may apply to the LFCC for inclusion as a local federation to participate in the CFC if the applicant has as members of the proposed federation 15 or more charitable organizations, in addition to the federation itself, that meet the eligibility criteria of §§950.202, 950.203 and 950.204. The initial year an organization applies for federation status, it must submit to the LFCC applications of all its proposed member organizations in addition to the federation application. A federation must re-establish eligibility each year, however only the applications of its new and former members that were not within the federation, as a CFC participant, in the previous year's campaign need accompany the annual federation application once an organization has obtained federation status, unless additional member applications are requested by the LFCC.
(d) After an organization has been granted federation status, it may certify that its member organizations meet all eligibility criteria of §§950.202, 950.203, and 950.204 to be included on the Local List. While deference should be given to federation certifications, the LFCC, during the review process, may request independent evidence of individual member organization's eligibility. Federation status in a prior campaign is not a guarantee of federation status in a subsequent campaign. Failure to meet minimum federation eligibility requirements shall not be deemed to be a withdrawal of federation status subject to a hearing on the record.
(e) An applicant for local federation status must certify and/or demonstrate:
(1) That all member organizations seeking participation in the CFC are qualified for inclusion on the Local List and provide a complete list of those member organizations it certified.
(2) That it meets the eligibility requirements contained in §950.204 (including eligibility requirements and public accountability standards of §§950.202 and 950.203 that are incorporated by reference). The federation can demonstrate that it has met the eligibility requirement in §950.204(b)(1) either through its own services, benefits, assistance or program activities or through its 15 members' activities.
(i) The federation must complete the certification set forth at §950.203(a)(2) without regard to the amount of revenue reported on its IRS Form 990 and must provide a copy of its audited financial statements. The audited financial statements provided must verify that the federation is honoring designations made to each member organization by distributing a proportionate share of receipts based on donor designations to each member. The audit requirement is waived for newly created federations operating for less than a year as determined from the date of its IRS tax-exemption letter to the closing date of the CFC application period.
(ii) The federation must provide a listing of its board of directors, beginning and ending dates of each member's current term of office, and the board's meeting dates and locations for the year prior to the year of the campaign for which the organization is applying.
(iii) The federation must certify that it prepares and makes available to the public, upon request, an annual report that includes a full description of the organization's activities and supporting services and identifies its directors and chief administrative personnel. The federation must provide a copy of its most recently completed annual report covering the fiscal year ending not more than 18 months prior to January of the campaign year to which the federation is applying or the preceding calendar year. The annual report must also include an accurate description of the federation's membership dues and/or service charges received by the federation from the charitable organizations participating as members. The information must clearly present the amounts raised, the sources of contributions, the cost of fundraising, and how costs are recovered from donations.
(3) That is does not employ, in its CFC operations, the services of private consultants, consulting firms, advertising agencies or similar business organizations to perform the policy-making or decision-making functions in the CFC. It may, however, contract with entities or individuals such as banks, accountants, lawyers, and other vendors of goods and/or services to assist in accomplishing its administrative tasks.
(f) The LFCC will notify a federation if it is determined that the federation does not meet the eligibility requirements of this section. A federation may appeal an adverse eligibility decision in accordance with §950.205.
(g) The Director may waive any eligibility criteria for federation status if it is determined that such a waiver will be in the best interest of the CFC.
[60 FR 57890, Nov. 24, 1995, as amended at 71 FR 67287, Nov. 20, 2006]