Frequently Asked Questions

Click on the questions below to learn more about Africare, our work and how you can get involved.

Does Africare work only in Africa?

Only in Africa. While Africare participates in the broader international development community, our mission is specifically to assist Africa. As a part of that mission, we also work to build awareness about Africa in the United States.

Is Africare part of any other charity?

No. Africare is an independent, private-sector charity. For example, Africare is not affiliated with CARE or TransAfrica. Also, Africare is not a part of the U.S. government or the U.N. family of agencies. (NOTE: Africare is one of the charities belonging to the major workplace-giving federation, Global Impact.)

Does Africare make grants?

No. Africare is a grant-seeking organization. The funds we receive from individuals and grant-making organizations (such as foundations, corporations, the religious community, social and civic groups, U.N. agencies and other multilateral agencies, the U.S. government and other governments) enable us to carry out our assistance work in Africa.

Does Africare give scholarships?

No. The only exception is when Africare supports students as a part of our assistance programs in Africa (for example, local primary school scholarships for AIDS orphans).

How can I get a job at Africare?

General information about employment with Africare as well as specific job postings. View info here.

Does Africare offer internships or volunteer opportunities?

Very rarely, and they must be self-funded. More info here.

I am a student researching Africa. Can Africare help?

Unfortunately, Africare does not have extra staff to assist with student research.

Is Africare a tax-exempt organization?

Yes. Africare is a private, charitable organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code: tax ID# 237116952. All gifts to Africare are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by U.S. law. More info here.

How much of my donation goes to projects in Africa?

Ninety-three percent. Of every $1.00 Africare spends, 93¢ goes to program services and 7¢ goes to management, general and fund raising. More info here.

Does Africare accept in-kind contributions, such as books, clothing or medical equipment?

In general, Africare accepts only large-scale in-kind contributions to meet emergency needs or other project needs that we identify. Ideally, in-kind contributors also donate money to pay overseas shipping costs (which can run to thousands, even tens of thousands of dollars).

If you cannot underwrite the shipment of your items, the best way to help is by donating funds to Africare. That way, Africare can purchase needed items from local vendors in Africa, at lower prices and without incurring shipping costs.

If you have a  relatively small collection of items to donate, we suggest that you donate them to a worthy cause in your own community. Your items would reach needy people, and your generosity would not result in extra shipping expenses.

If you’d like to pursue in-kind donations to Africa:

  • Visit the InterAction web site, which provides info on hundreds of charities working abroad. Some routinely accept smaller in-kind donations.
  • Or e-mail Africare’s fundraising office, outlining what you’d like to donate and your plans for funding the shipment to Africa.

SPECIAL NOTE: If you are already in an African country where Africare works, we probably can make use of your generous in-kind gift. E-mail the details or contact Africare’s local country office.

Can I donate stock?

Yes, Africare welcomes gifts of stock. More info here.