Some of the campaign’s most important activities take place after the campaign has ended. This is the time to say “thank you” to department, agency, or installation leadership, campaign workers and donors. Recognition and appreciation build morale and a strong foundation for next year’s campaign. The CFC offers a variety of ways to recognize your department, individual offices, campaign workers, and donors.


The CFC-O recognizes campaign workers (CAPOs and Keyworkers) who complete their required responsibilities on behalf of the campaign by awarding them a Certificate of Achievement signed by the honorary chairman of the CFC-O, the Secretary of Defense. Each CAPO is responsible for ordering these certificates from the CFC-O office at the end of the campaign. The CFC-O will print them and ship them to the CAPO for distribution. The CFC-O will send the CAPO’s certificate along with a cover letter signed by the Director of the CFC-O to the installation commander or Component Manager and request that it be presented to the CAPO in appreciation for the large role a CAPO plays in the success of the campaign.

Unit Awards honor those units who strive for teamwork through giving. Unit Awards are presented at campaign end to entire organizations or units within a military community. Units will receive award plaques at the end of the campaign based on the following giving levels: 

  • Platinum Award 85 percent participation or $200 per capita
  • Gold Award 60 percent participation or $120 per capita 
  • Silver Award 50 percent participation or $90 per capita 
  • Bronze Award 40 percent participation or $60 per capita 

The highest honor given in recognition of CFC-O success is the Commander’s Choice Award (formerly known as the Special Merit Award). This award recognizes the area or installation within each component demonstrating the most successful campaign as determined by each of the five combatant commands: Africa, Central, European, Indo-Pacific, and Southern.

A CFC-O Hero exemplifies excellence. Anyone can nominate a CFC-O Hero by simply completing the nomination form.  All CFC-O Heroes will be recognized by the CFC-O for their dedication and commitment to the campaign. The top individuals who most exemplifies the spirit of the campaign will be nominated to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) for the opportunity to be chosen as a National 2020 CFC Hero in service to the campaign.

Submit your CFC Heros nomination here

As a way to say think you to our donors, the CFC-O has two different gifts for distribution - a commemorative coin and a thank you gift. The limited-edition coin is awarded to any donor who pledges $150 or more through the 2021 CFC. Every donor, regardless of amount, is eligible to receive a thank you gift.