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History

The Florida Association of Free and Charitable Clinics (FAFCC) became a Florida not-for-profit corporation on August 19, 2013.  FAFCC’s 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status was granted by the IRS in a letter dated November 27, 2013.

The idea for a state association to represent and support Florida’s free and charitable clinics emerged in the mid 2000s when Florida clinic leaders began attending national free clinic conferences and started hearing about other state associations of clinics. Under the leadership of Marisel Losa, the idea became a reality. Marisel was formerly Executive Director of St. John Bosco Clinic (a free clinic) in Miami and is now CEO of the Health Council of South Florida. She negotiated with the Health Council’s Board of Trustees to allow her to “incubate” a state association for Florida’s free clinics. An unincorporated “Florida Association of Free Clinics” was born, operating as a program component of the Health Council of South Florida.  

In 2013 the “FAFC Executive Committee” and the Health Council began to discuss the idea of “spinning off” FAFC into a separate, freestanding, 501c3 statewide organization. In June 2013, the “FAFC Executive Committee” unanimously adopted a transition plan to transfer the “ownership” of FAFC to the new organization by the end of 2013. A Board of Directors was created, representating leaders of clinics and networks from around the state. The Florida Association of Free and Charitable Clinics (FAFCC) became a Florida not-for-profit corporation on August 19, 2013. FAFCC’s 501c3 tax-exempt status was granted by the IRS in a letter dated November 3, 2013. In December the Board held a strategic planning retreat and adopted major priorities for the new organization, based on input from internal and external constituencies.

By early May 2014, FAFCC had accomplished one of its strategic goals by securing a first-ever $4.5 million state appropriation for the free and charitable clinic sector. In the fall of 2014, FAFCC made 2014-2015 State Funds Grants to 69 free and charitable clinics and networks.

Mission Statement  

FAFCC represents and supports clinics and networks that provide quality, cost- effective healthcare services at little or no charge to low-income, uninsured and underserved Floridians. 

Corporate Values 


FAFCC will be guided by the following corporate values as it carries out its mission, interacts with others, and expends resources:

1. STEWARDSHIP — FAFCC will be committed to the careful stewardship of all human, natural, and financial resources.  This means we will use carefully the time and talents of those working with us and for us, we will be environmentally responsible, and we will prudently manage and utilize the funds invested in us. 

2. EXCELLENCE — FAFCC will set high standards in all it does, developing and implementing exemplary policies and practices wherever possible.  We will deliver outstanding service to our member organizations and those with whom we partner.

3. RESPECT — FAFCC values different perspectives and will strive to understand others’ points-of-view, cultures, experiences and beliefs.  

4. OBJECTIVITY — FAFCC board members, staff and volunteers will set aside personal interests, biases and agendas in their work for the organization and will strictly adhere to a rigorous conflict of interest policy.   

5. RESPONSIVENESS — FAFCC will be alert to changing conditions in healthcare and health policy as well as to the needs and interests of its member organizations, and will adapt its goals and objectives as needed to accomplish its mission.   

6. DIVERSITY — FAFCC pledges that it will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, citizenship status, age, disability, sexual orientation or veteran status.

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