Mission: Independent charities of america receives funds from workplace payroll deduction fund drives for distribution to member agencies.
Programs: The federations primary purpose is to screen and certify charities that meet standards for inclusion in corporate and government workplace charitable fund drives and to act as the central representative and fiscal agent in those drives, thereby reducing fund raising costs for both the charities and contributors. These expenses relate to distributions to five hundred eighty-three member agencies from amounts collected through the campaign.
to provide telephone, print and web-based education and information services for contributors to use in gift-making decisions; to train charities on how to serve workplace contributors; to provide logistical support to fund drive organizers; to open new workplace fund drives; and to provide necessary management and fiscal services.
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.