2020 Nonprofit Certification Instructions
for Federations only


Certification is open to apply for the 2020 Our Promise: California State Employees Giving at Work Initiative. A charitable federation is a group of voluntary charitable organizations created to supply common fundraising, administrative, and management services to its participating member organizations. Federations must apply for certification every year. A federation and its member organizations are required to meet all of the OP Initiative eligibility criteria.

Federations apply for certification on behalf of themselves and all of their member organizations. This gives each federation the opportunity to identify their member organizations and ensure all of them make the certification listing.


Step 1: Download the OP Nonprofit Listing Template and gather all necessary data for each of your member organizations. Please review the list of terms before you start compiling information. Include your federation’s information first, and all of your member organization’s information listed after. All information provided must be current and correct. If information is submitted that is not current or accurate, the nonprofit will be denied certification. 

NOTE: If a nonprofit listed under your federation also applies to the Our Promise Campaign as an Independent nonprofit, we will accept that application over their federation listing. Please make sure any nonprofits participating in your federation do not apply as an Independent nonprofit.

Step 2: You must check that each of your member organization is a valid 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and in good standing with the Registry of Charitable Trusts to operate or to solicit for charitable purposes in California. An unregistered charity or a registered charity that is delinquent, suspended or revoked is not in good standing. (Gov. Code, § 12599.6, subd. (f)(1); Cal. Code Regs., tit 11, §999.9.4.) A charity that is not in compliance with the registration and reporting requirements listed above, will not be certified in the Our Promise: California State Employees Giving at Work Initiative. 

Step 3: Once you have completed your OP nonprofit listing, you can apply and attach your listing spreadsheet. The deadline for submission is February 28, 2020. We will not accept late submissions.

Step 4: We will notify you of your status and your member organizations status by mid-April. You are responsible for notifying your member organizations of their approval or denied status in this campaign. Please make sure to inform rejected nonprofits that they have five days to correct their status issues and to  inform the Our Promise Campaign once they have. Our Promise does a single check and will not check again unless we have been informed of any nonprofit corrections.

For any questions, please contact OPcertification@uwccr.org.