Friends of the Clinical Center 

FOCC is Friends Helping Friends


This page contains questions that we are frequently asked about FOCC. Click the question to see the answer. If you have a question that does not appear here, please send it to the Executive Director.


How is FOCC governed?

Receiving Assistance/Aid from FOCC

What is the Friends of the Clinical Center (FOCC) and what does it do?

How can FOCC help me?

What type of financial assistance does FOCC make available?

Are there priorities among the types of funding requests that FOCC recognizes and prefers or are all requests from patients evaluated equally?

How can I receive information about upcoming FOCC Events?

How is FOCC different from other National Institutes of Health charities?

What are some examples of needs met by FOCC?

Is FOCC different from the Patient Emergency Fund (PEF)?

Does FOCC assist patients (and their families) who are at other hospitals in the Washington, DC metropolitan area or elsewhere in the country?

How many patients and their families are helped each year by FOCC?


Deductiblity of Contributions to FOCC and Related Matters

Is FOCC a tax exempt 501(c)(3) organization?

What is a Section 501(c)(3) organization?

Can I obtain a copy of FOCC’s annual report or tax return?

Does FOCC participate in United Way and the Combined Federal Campaign

Helping FOCC: Making Contributions to FOCC
and Volunteering Your Time

How do I make a donation to FOCC?

May I donate property rather than cash to FOCC?

Can I leave a bequest to FOCC in my will?

My company will match a gift/donation I make to a charitable organization. How do I arrange this?

May I specify the purpose for which my donation will be used?

May I make a donation in the name and memory of a family member or friend?

Are my donations deductible for income tax purposes?

Can I help FOCC by volunteering my time?

Receiving Assistance/Aid From FOCC

How can I learn if I am eligible for assistance from FOCC?

Are there limitations on who can receive aid from FOCC?

How do I actually apply for financial assistance?

How long does it take to find out if I am approved for assistance?

If my Funding Request is approved, will FOCC deliver funds directly to me?

Can I apply to FOCC for assistance more than once?