We receive inquiries from our members, donors and the general public. We have posted the mostly frequently asked ones here. If you do not see your question or answer, contact us. We are here to help!

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1. Where does my money go?

95% or more of every dollar contributed is allocated to the program services provided by the Institute for Black Charities. We are audited annually by an independent certified public accountant firm.

2. To whom are services provided?

Services are provided primarily to poor, underserved and disadvantaged Black populations and anyone in need that requests services without discrimination.

3. Can I contribute online?

Yes, we are part of the GiveDirect, an online credit card donation service. It is secure and easy. Just click the icon on our website and follow the instructions.

4. Can I designate to a specific organization or program?

You may use the 5 or 4-digit code number of the organization to designate your contribution - or - you may notify us to earmark funds for any specific program.

5. Can I volunteer?

Yes, we need volunteers in the areas of office personnel, campaign representatives and grant writers. Local chapters also need volunteers in program service delivery. Contact us for more information!

6. Can I donate items other than money?

Yes, we accept vehicles, office furnishings, small household goods and clothing items to distribute in local communities.


1. When is the membership renewal application due?

Annual renewal applications for all members are required to continue participation with the Institute for Black Charities, affiliate chapters and federations. The renewal period is from Oct. - Dec. yearly.

2. When are members notified of acceptance?

Individual federations notify members of their acceptance within 30 days of receipt of a completed application with all supporting documents. Typically, we will have confirmation of the approval from campaign officials in May for participation in the Fall workplace campaigns.

3. When is the campaign solicitation period?

The period to ask donors to contribute to your organization through the CFC and most state workplace campaigns is typically held between September-December. You may build your network year-round to gear up for the Fall solicitation period.

4. When are distributions made from pledges received in the campaigns?

We make monthly and/or quarterly distributions during a 12-month period. Timing of distributions is dependent upon the campaign remittances in your area.

5. Are donations received from the campaigns restricted?

No, donations are to be used for the announced purposes and programs of the organizations.


1. What Are Requirements for Membership?

Membership is open to any 501(c) 3 non-profit local or national organization that provides creditable services and programs and meets the criteria for campaign participation. See Members and Membership section for more information or call us!

2. Why join the Institute for Black Charities, affiliate chapters, or federations?

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3. How much does it cost to join?

There is a one-time non-refundable membership fee of $150.00. An administration fee of 10% is collected from what we help you raise in all campaigns. That's it!

4. Can I participate with more then one federation?

An organization may only participate with one federation in the CFC and state campaigns. This however does not limit your fund raising associations in other areas.

5. How do I join?

See more at FAQ for Members and the Membership page for an application and instructions.
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