Aid for Africa is classified as a 501(c)(3) organization by the IRS and is committed to maintaining low management and fundraising costs. It does not assess it members’ application fees, service charges or membership dues.
Instead, it funds its operations by distributing 94 percent of the money it receives that has been designated to members. The remaining funds are used to support member services and Aid for Africa’s administrative overhead. Management and fundraising costs vary from year to year but average about 8.6 percent of total revenue for the last three years. In addition, Aid for Africa supplements donations received by some of its members to support their ability to build capacity and to achieve other programmatic goals, as defined by Aid for Africa’s Board. During 2011, Aid for Africa’s highest supplement level was $5,000 for qualified members.