Accreditation Process

Human Service Charities of America’ members are some of the finest, most respected, and most fiscally accountable charities in the country. Why? Because our members undergo a rigorous annual accreditation process designed to ensure compliance with high standards of accountability and transparency. We represent our charities to over 9 million potential donors, and we take our accreditation standards seriously to ensure that these donors are able to give with confidence to members of HSCA.

After a thorough annual evaluation consisting of three reviews, our members are approved by both the HSCA Board of Directors and the federal government’s Office of Personnel Management as charities that have complied with the high standards of the Combined Federal Campaign. We are proud to report that as a result of HSCA’s rigorous application review process, 100% of our members have been accepted into the Combined Federal Campaign over the last 5 years.

Human Service Charities of America’ stringent accreditation process creates an impressive list of highly qualified members. This is a group to which charities are proud to belong and to which donors can give with confidence. Among other criteria, HSCA members must demonstrate the following:


After a thorough annual evaluation consisting of three reviews, our members are approved by both the HSCA Board of Directors and the federal government’s Office of Personnel Management as charities that have complied with the high standards of the Combined Federal Campaign. We are proud to report that as a result of HSCA’s rigorous application review process, 100% of our members have been accepted into the Combined Federal Campaign over the last 5 years.

Human Service Charities of America’ stringent accreditation process creates an impressive list of highly qualified members. This is a group to which charities are proud to belong and to which donors can give with confidence. Among other criteria, HSCA members must demonstrate the following:

Financial Accountability

Accredited members of Human Service Charities of America undergo an audit by an independent accountant every year. They produce an annual IRS Form 990 detailing financial information about their organization. Human Service Charities of America requires its members to demonstrate excellent financial stewardship by maintaining an Administrative and Fundraising Ratio (AFR) of under 25%. Members that do not meet this requirement must provide a satisfactory and detailed explanation.

Program Services

Human Service Charities of America requires members to provide substantial, direct services to residents of at least fifteen US states or one foreign country over a three-year period, and collects detailed data from each charity to confirm that these required services are being provided. HSCA members must also certify and present evidence that their fundraising messaging accurately reflects their actual program services.

Training

Human Service Charities of America offers training for members on the Combined Federal Campaign and other topics related to workplace giving.HSCA's 14-part webinar series is CFRE-accredited and provides vital training on the application, fiscal, and marketing aspects of workplace giving campaigns. HSCA also offers an annual conference featuring sessions by industry leaders and topic experts as another way for members to fulfill the annual training requirement. The training benefits donors by ensuring that charity representatives are knowledgeable about Combined Federal Campaign requirements and how to serve donors throughout the campaign process.


Detailed List of Accreditation Requirements

  • - Program services in fifteen or more states or one foreign country
  • - Tax exempt under IRS section 501(c)(3)
  • - Human health and welfare organization
  • - Accounts for funds on an accrual basis in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) and independent audit that meets generally accepted accounting standards
  • - Prepares an IRS 990 or IRS 990 Pro Forma
  • - AFR of under 25% or satisfactory and detailed explanation of higher overhead
  • - Independent, uncompensated Board of Directors
  • - Does not sell or lease CFC contributor lists
  • - Truthful promotional activities
  • - Truthful use of funds
  • - Compliance with federal economic sanctions