Donate

It’s not just a donation. It’s an investment in a child’s future.

When you donate online to Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area, you join our cause and directly support children in your community. No matter how little or big the amount, donating can help kids realize their potential, one relationship at a time.

For each $1 invested in an effective mentoring program, there is a social return on investment of approximately $3, which includes savings from reduced drug and tobacco use and enhanced school achievement.

Matching Gifts

Double your impact with a matching gift or volunteer incentive grant.

Many employers sponsor matching gift programs that match charitable contributions made by their employees — some may even match gifts made by retirees, spouses, and board members. Others provide matching funds for employee volunteer hours.

Most of these programs match contributions dollar for dollar, and some will even double or triple the amount of your gift!

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If you don’t see your company on our list, ask your HR department if they will match your financial donation or volunteer hours.

If your company needs written confirmation to verify your donation or volunteer hours and you have the form, please send it to:

matchinggifts@bbbsba.org

Or via mail:

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area
Attn: Matching Gifts
65 Battery Street, Second Floor
San Francisco, CA 94111

Donor Advised Funds

A donor advised fund (DAF) is a charitable giving program that allows you to combine the most favorable tax benefits with the flexibility to support your favorite causes.

If you have a donor advised fund, DAF Direct enables you to grant Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area funds directly from your DAF (dependent on participation).

How does it work?

Establish your DAF by making an irrevocable, tax deductible donation to a public charity that sponsors a DAF program. Advise the investment allocation of the donated assets (investment growth is tax free).

Stocks and Securities

You invest. A child profits. It’s that simple.

By making a donation in the form of stocks, bonds, mutual funds or other appreciated securities, you are making an investment in the future of kids in your community.

The benefits available to you when making a contribution of stock or mutual funds may include:

Avoiding federal and state tax on the capital gain
Receiving an income tax deduction for the full market value of the gift (if you itemize deductions on your tax return and have held the assets one year or longer)
Making a larger gift at a lower original cost to you
Donating Stock or Bonds Held By a Bank or Broker

If your equities are currently held at a bank or in a brokerage account, simply send a letter of instruction to your broker or banker with a full description of the securities and the intended purpose. Securities can be sent electronically using the following transmittal instructions:

Wells Fargo Advisors
Bank Account Number: 5204-5906
Bank DTC Number: 0141

Please advise us of your gift by notifying us at donations@bbbsba.org or 415-503-4057.

Effective Date and Value of Your Gift

Your gift of stock or publicly traded securities will be valued based on the mean market price of the securities on the date the stock is received in our account. We will provide you with a receipt for your tax records.

Planned Giving

Your legacy can have an impact, too.

A planned gift to Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area ensures the continuation of our landmark mentoring programs and creates your own legacy of support. Planned giving also offers significant advantages, including tax breaks and a potential income increase.

If you’re considering making Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area part of your trust, bequest, or endowment, please contact us at donations@bbbsba.org or 415-503-4057.

Other Ways To Help

Vehicle Donation

Donate your car to Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area. Turn your old car, boat or RV into a tax write-off by donating it to help Bay Area kids! We make it simple by partnering with Able Auto Charity, a licensed vehicle donation company that will pick up your vehicle, take care of all the paperwork and provide all the documentation you need. Complete this simple online donation form, making sure to select ‘Big Brothers Big Sisters’ at the bottom, or call toll-free at 877-977-9577 to ask any questions and get the donation process started. Your vehicle will be picked up, processed, and sold to help at-risk youth right here in the Bay Area. Go to IRS Publication 526 for instructions on reporting your donation as a tax deduction.

Donate Tickets for our Matches

Donate event tickets – we’ll send you a tax receipt and distribute the tickets to our matches, giving them an experience they might not have had otherwise. You can help by donating tickets to sporting events, theatre productions, concerts, museums, theme parks, movie theaters and other local attractions and activities for direct use by our matches. Contact donations@bbbsba.org for more information.

AmazonSmile

Support Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at AmazonSmile, you’ll find the exact same shopping experience as Amazon.com, but .5% of the total purchase goes to support Bay Area kids! If you’re already an Amazon customer, just sign in on smile.amazon.com and when prompted, select Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area as your charity of choice (we should be listed in the upper left hand corner each time you sign in). If you’re a first time user, create an account and do the same when prompted to select your charity.

Shop & Support

There has never been an easier way to support Big Brothers Big Sisters. Enroll now and as you shop with participating merchants, a portion of every purchase will automatically be returned to us as a contribution on your behalf.  Link any credit or debit card and shop with participating merchants as you normally would. This free, one-time enrollment is easy and secure with no cost to you. Sign up now!

Sports Basement

Basementeers earn discounts on all the latest gear while supporting Big Brothers Big Sisters year round. With a Basementeer lifetime membership you’ll get 10% off every purchase PLUS 10% of your item totals will go to Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area when you choose us as your charity. Sign up now!

eBay Giving Works

Support Bay Area kids through the eBay Giving Works program, which allows sellers to donate a percentage of proceeds from their own online auction sales to a charity. Sign up now!

eScrip

Register your loyalty cards, debit cards and credit cards and participating retailers will donate a percent of every purchase to a charity. Support Bay Area kids, by going to eScrip’s Website and choosing group ID #500000152. Sign up now!

Social Media

We’re on social media, and we need your help spreading the word. Like or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or LinkedIn, and be an influencer by sharing our content to your networks. If you’re a Big, you can also help by submitting your stories/pictures to stories@bbbsba.org

Op4G Market Research

Op4G’s program allows you to support Bay Area kids by participating in internet-based market research and share your opinions with businesses.

Your opinions matter, and Op4G’s clients are willing to pay to hear them. By participating, you’ll be asked to provide feedback on a range of products, services, advertising, and more. Op4G seeks honest feedback from anonymous consumers, and you’ll be paid well for providing it.

Joining Op4G costs you nothing. You pay no fees, and you share 25% of your earnings (or more, it’s up to you) with us. Op4G takes care of all the bookkeeping, but charges no fees — sending all of your earnings to you and your chosen charity.

You are in complete control of the information they provide. Participating in client-sponsored research is always opt-in, and your responses are always anonymous. Sign up now!

Host a Fundraiser

Go Bowling for Kids’ Sake, host a beer tasting event, have a birthday party and donate the proceeds – there are so many ways to raise money for Bay Area kids.

Evite Donations

Party with a purpose by adding Evite Donations to support our cause. This free tool allows you to let guest easily donate through your Evite invitation.

Crowdrise

Start your own fundraiser and get your friends, family and co-workers involved. Visit our Crowdrise page to get started. For more information or other fundraising ideas, contact us at donations@bbbsba.org.

One-Day and Group Volunteering Opportunities

Looking for a chance to do some good on just one day, or with a group? Email us.