Frequently Asked Questions

How will the CDC Foundation use my gift?

Your generous contributions help us continue to identify and pursue new and innovative ways of working with the private sector to provide CDC with greater flexibility and expanded opportunities.

A lot of work goes on behind the scenes at the Foundation to ensure that each of our partnerships and projects achieve results. CDC Foundation advancement staff members personally meet with potential funders to learn more about their interests and expectations and continue to communicate with funding partners through the life of a funded project and beyond, building long-term partnerships that help advance CDC’s work over time. Program management staff members carefully track project budgets and activities, often traveling to program sites to get a firsthand account of progress made and obstacles encountered. Foundation leaders participate in a number of national forums and discussions, educating foundation and corporate leaders about CDC’s work and our collective responsibility to help improve and protect public health.

How do I support a specific project or health issue?

For the most part, we encourage individual donors to make unrestricted gifts to the CDC Foundation. Unrestricted gifts allow us to use your gift to address the highest priorities of the Foundation and CDC. We have learned that it is generally inefficient to try to direct small amounts of money to support CDC priority programs that require large amounts of funding to get off the ground. We rely on larger grants from foundations and corporations to fund specific programs. If you are passionate about a particular health threat or CDC program area, please contact the CDC Foundation's advancement department to discuss your giving options. If you would like to direct a smaller gift to address a particular health issue, for example breast cancer or diabetes research, you may want to visit Charity Navigator to identify an organization dedicated to that issue.

How can I make a gift through the Combined Federal Campaign?

Contributions from CDC employees and other federal employees through the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) provide important unrestricted operating funds that help the CDC Foundation support critical CDC programs. The CDC Foundation is included in the CFC listing of national charities as the National Foundation for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Inc. number 10141.

Please note that due to recent changes in CFC reporting procedures, the CDC Foundation no longer automatically receives the names of individuals who contribute through the CFC. If you would like us to acknowledge your gift in our annual donor reports, please be sure to complete the "recognition options" box on your CFC pledge form to give the CFC permission to release your name and address to the CDC Foundation.

If you also wish to share the amount of your CFC contribution with the CDC Foundation, please forward a copy of your completed pledge form that indicates your overall contribution amount to: CDC Foundation, Attn: Advancement, 600 Peachtree Street, Suite 1000, Atlanta, GA 30308. Or, send an email with your full name and contribution amount to advancement@cdcfoundation.org.

Does the CDC Foundation offer volunteer opportunities?

The CDC Foundation does not organize volunteers on behalf of CDC. In fact, as a federal agency, CDC is prohibited by law from accepting volunteer service. There is an exception for students looking for hands-on learning at CDC. CDC posts opportunities for students on cdc.gov.

The CDC Foundation has a volunteer internship program for students or recent graduates. When available, opportunities will be posted on the career page of the website.