INDEPENDENT CHARITIES OF AMERICA

Rating: 3.5 stars   2 reviews

Issues: Philanthropy

Location: 1100 Larkspur Landing Circle Suite 3430 Larkspur CA 94939 USA

Mission: ICA was incorporated in 1988 by a group of contributors who wanted to have more choice in giving at their workplace. Over the years, we have expanded our services to include Internet giving, providing everyone with the opportunity to select a certified charity from a broad range of services. Donors can feel at ease giving to a member charity of ICA, knowing that our members are screened annually to ensure that they meet the highest standards of substantive program services, management and fiscal responsibility. ICA is managed by a volunteer board of directors. ICA is all about choice in giving. We guarantee that contributors' gifts will go to the specific individual charities they choose - and, ICA is inclusive, accepting charities from every corner of the philanthropic spectrum, providing that they meet our rigorous eligibility standards. By contributing, you become part of the new way that America gives.
Programs: As a federation, Independent Charities of America assists human health and welfare charitable organizations in workplace campaigns (including State/local and private sector campaigns). We provide access, administration, marketing and fiscal agent services.
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Rating: 4 stars  

ICA allows me to separate my financial planning from my charitable giving. I put money in my account when it's convenient, and they distribute it according to my instructions whenever I request that a donation be sent. Essentially, they give me (with my relatively limited resources) the same kind of capabilities that a large foundation has.

They are professional and helpful. The only downsides I've experienced:
-it now takes up to two weeks for a donation to be processed and sent (it used to be within a few days).
-there's no mechanism for electronic transfer from my bank account to the ICA personal foundation.
-the donation processing web interface is a little dated, and not as efficient as it could be.

In terms of the value and quality of service they provide, this is a five-star operation. It's just those minor points that kept me from giving it the full five.

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