There are Many Ways YOU Can Make a Difference!

Make a Donation:

Online - 
Just Give - make an online cash donation through, and you can choose whether you want to remain anonymous, set up recurring donations, designate how you would like your donation to be spent (e.g., choose to fund Project Prevention, buy healthy snacks for kids, or become a Madrino or Padrino of afterschool programs). You can also dedicate your gift in the name (or memory) of someone who inspires you! To donate, we have simplified the process: here

By Mail - 
Mail your tax-deductible contribution to: 
Florida Institute for Community Studies (FICS)
PO Box 16745
Tampa FL 33687

In Person -
Bring your tax-deductible donation to:
FICS Multicultural Family Center 
7510 Soccer Ave., Tampa FL 33634

FICS Wish List : 
  • New "professional" foosball table (ours is falling apart) 
  • Computers for computer lab
  • Scanner
  • White Boards (large for classrooms)
  • School supplies
  • Art supplies
  • Food/snacks
  • Sno Cone Maker
  • Popcorn Maker
*If you are trading in your car (or anything else of value), consider donating it so we can sell it. 

*If you would like to learn more about FICS before making a monetary contribution, check out our listing on GuideStar, the on-line standard for nonprofit organization accountability.

Become a Madrina or Padrino:

FICS' fundraising is based on "friendraisers," events, and involving Madrinas and Padrinos. The idea of a Madrina or Padrino comes from Mexican villages where a person can sponsor a specific part of a party or wedding. For example, you can be a Madrina of our summer program or a Padrino of the Afterschool Tutoring Program. You can decide what you would like to sponsor! Tell us and 100% of your donation will go to summer programming, afterschool snacks, incentives for good behavior, operational support (e.g., cleaning supplies), and/or anything else you would like to specify. Donate online through Just Give (see above) or in person to become a Madrina or Padrino.  Call us at 813.801.6844 for more information.

Volunteer Your Time:

Become an Advocate for FICS:

  • Join our Community Advisory Board - we meet monthly!
  • Write letters - or just talk - to all your influential friends about the work we do
  • Encourage other programs to collaborate with us
  • Serve on our volunteer Board of Directors
  • ORGANIZE anything - a car wash, bake sale, garage sale, a baile/concert - to benefit FICS programming and research
  • Join Us! - Call 813.801.6844 for more information.

Become a Partner Agency: 

If your agency or organization would like to partner with us, please call the Executive Director, Dr. Alayne Unterberger, at 813.801.6844 or email