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Membership Guidelines and Standards
Free and Charitable Clinics are safety-net health care organizations that utilize a volunteer/staff model to provide a range of medical, dental, pharmacy, vision and/or behavioral health services to economically disadvantaged individuals. Such clinics are 501(c) (3) tax-exempt organizations, or operate as a program component or affiliate of a 501(c) (3) organization.  Entities that otherwise meet the above definition, but charge a nominal/sliding fee to patients, may still be considered Free or Charitable Clinics provided essential services are delivered regardless of the patient’s ability to pay.  Free or charitable clinics restrict eligibility for their services to individuals who are uninsured, underinsured and/or have limited or no access to primary, specialty or prescription health care.


Affiliate Membership

  • Dues – $125 annually
  • Eligibility:
    • Have vested interest/mission in supporting access to care for low-income, medically vulnerable individuals
  • Examples:
    • Hospitals
    • FQHC’s
    • Social support or mental health agencies
    • Rural Health agencies
    • Legal Aid
    • Corporate Partners
    • Senior Service
    • Minority health advocates
  • Benefits:
    • Proprietary research on the safety net
    • Conference discount
    • Monthly newsletter
    • Website link
    • Networking with local clinics

For information download the Affiliate Membership Application and call us at 336-251-1111.


Associate Membership
Note:  All new members join NCAFCC at the Associate level and remain an Associate Member in good standing for one year before eligibility to apply for Full Membership.

  • Dues – $250 annually
  • Eligibility Standards:
    • Meets  the definition of free and charitable clinic
    • Located in North Carolina
    • Does not receive section 330 federal funding
    • Will provide demographic and service data
    • Will provide a copy of the organization’s 501(c) (3) status
  • Examples:
    • New members
    • New clinics
    • Smaller clinics
    • HealthNet or collaborative networks
  • Benefits:
    • Affiliate benefits
    • Advocacy
    • Technical support
    • Capacity building and board development support
    • Meeting Full Member standards support
    • Mentoring program
    • Potential collaborative funding
    • Training opportunities
    • Development support
    • Discount to the National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics

For information download the Associate Membership Application and call us at 336-251-1111.