Only charities meeting specific tests of fiscal accountability, governance, and programmatic impact may participate in the Aid for Africa. To participate, an organization must:
- be an IRS-designated 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization;
- provide services in at least 15 different states or one foreign country over the three-year period immediately preceding the application;
- account for funds in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), which requires an accrual-based accounting system;
- commission an annual audit by an independent certified public accountant that is prepared using generally accepted auditing standards (GAAS);
- provide a signed copy of the most recently completed IRS Form 990;
- be governed by an independent board of directors, the majority of whom serve without compensation, and
- clearly demonstrate that it has provided real services, benefits, assistance or other program activities in Sub Saharan Africa and, in some cases, for African refugees and emigrants.
All Aid for Africa member organizations participate as part of the alliance in the US Government’s Combined Federal Campaign. The CFC enables federal employees to donate to approved charities through payroll deduction. The CFC imposes application and listing fees for all participants.
Currently, Aid for Africa is not accepting new members.