For donors

This site will help you find charities that meet your interests and connect you to them. You can learn about a charity, learn about us, donate online, and help us spread the word about these worthy charities!



For charities

This site will help you learn how your organization can become a member, as well as inform you of our mission and what it means for you. We suggest starting with this page, followed by the Membership link to get your answers quickly.




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About our federation

Local Independent Charities of America (LICA) strives to help educate contributors about the work of these worthy causes of our member charities: services to the homeless, families enrichment, education, animal rescue and much more.

LICA's mission is to organize and prepare our member charities for effective participation in at-work employee charitable fund drives, to screen and certify these charities to ensure they meet the eligibility criteria to participate in these fund drives, and to provide for the secure, accurate, and timely transmission of contributions from the fund drives to the recipient charities. And to do all the above as cost-effectively as possible consistent with delivering quality service.

There are many benefits to giving to LICA:

  • LICA's charities cover a variety of concerns. Because our charities are grouped under the LICA federation banner, it's easy for you to find the group or groups you wish to support.
  • More of your dollars go to benefit the charities for which they are designated, and less to administrative and overhead costs.
  • For workplace givers, it's an easy way for employees to give to the causes they wish to support. Many workplace giving programs offer payroll deduction plans, a painless way to give to the charity of your choice. And, for employers who don't have a workplace giving program, LICA and its consultant staff will help you get one started.


Membership

All LICA agencies are screened annually to ensure that they meet the highest standards of substantive program services, management and fiscal responsibility.

LICA applications for new members are accepted each year from October through January. For more information, please call us at (415) 925-2663 or email info@lic.org.

Chapters

Currently, LICA has a chapter in certain regions of many of our states. Click here to see the complete list.

To verify whether LICA has a chapter in your area contact Bill Broughan at info@lic.org. Mention the county and state in which your organization is located in your email.

Governance

LICA is governed by a board of directors that includes representatives from member charities, donor groups, and other constituencies. All board members are volunteers serving without compensation. The board of directors oversees the administration of services to LICA member agencies and ensures that high eligibility standards are maintained. It does NOT determine how much money each agency will receive - that decision is left to the contributor. Gifts made directly to LICA are shared among all its member agencies in the same proportion as each has received donor-designated gifts.

Our most recent IRS 990 Form and Annual Report are available for your review as PDF documents. Click the links below to view them.

Local Independent Charities of America Financial Statements
Form 990
Annual Report