Founded in 1993, the Virginia Association of Free & Charitable Clinics (VAFCC) is the nation’s oldest free clinic association. We are a private, nonprofit association with members that supports the work of our member free and charitable clinics in Virginia through training, technical assistance, resource development and advocacy.
We host an annual statewide conference for clinic staff and volunteers. This provides a networking opportunity, as well as sharing best practices and learning from experts in the fields of nonprofit management, resource development and healthcare. During the General Assembly session we monitor legislation affecting the clinics and advocate on their behalf. The VAFCC is here to support the clinics in the Commonwealth as they provide healthcare to the uninsured, underinsured and underserved in Virginia.
What is a Free or Charitable Clinic?
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.
The mission of the VAFCC is to support and advocate for our member clinics so that Virginia's underserved have access to quality care.
The vision of the VAFCC is a Virginia where all people have access to comprehensive, quality health care.
The work of the VAFCC and the free and charitable clinics could not be accomplished without our partners.