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 are directly supporting children in your community. No matter 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.

Matchmakers

Monthly Giving Program

Monthly donors, which we refer to as Matchmakers, give us reliable income so we can focus on creating and supporting meaningful mentoring relationships for Bay Area youth every month.

Plus, Matchmakers receive the following benefits:

  • Quarterly Newsletters with a featured Bay Area match story
  • Invitations to Special Event

Contact us at donations@bbbsba.org with any questions!

Employer Matching Gifts

Your gift today can go even further in helping Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area provide mentoring relationships to youth. 

Many employers will match contributions for employees, employees’ spouses, or retired employees.  Your employer may event match your volunteer hours! Most of these programs match contributions dollar for dollar or more! 

Please search for your in the box below to see if your contribution qualifies.

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
1230 Preservation Park Way, Oakland, CA. 94612

Donor Advised Funds

Donor Advised Funds are the fastest-growing giving method and tax-efficient way to manage charitable donations. Donor Advised Funds allow donors to make a charitable contribution, receive an immediate tax deduction, and then recommend grants from the fund over time.

Grants made to Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area through Donor Advised Funds go directly to serving children here in the Bay Area. 100% of your contributions are used to match more children with the caring mentors they need and deserve!

Clients of Fidelity Charitable, Schwab Charitable, and BNY Mellon can easily make a designation through the DAF Direct window on this page.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area’s tax I.D. number is 23-7108045. For more information, please connect with us at donations@bbbsba.org.

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.

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.

Create a powerful legacy with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area today by using our free will-writing tool to include a bequest gift in your estate plans!

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 415-503-3933.

IRA Gifts

Support our Littles while saving on taxes.

If you are 70.5 or older, you have access to one of the most tax-advantageous forms of giving! By donating directly from your IRA tax-free, you can make an immediate impact on our mentorship program across the Bay Area while reducing your future tax burden.

Our free IRA donation tool fills out the paperwork for you in 10 minutes — no sensitive information required. Get started today!

Please advise us of your gift by notifying us at donations@bbbsba.org.

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.

Other Ways To Support

We regret that we are unable to accept any other material items, but you can make the following types of donations.

  • Vehicle Donation:

    Turn your old car, boat or RV into a tax write-off by donating it to Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area. Simply complete this online form from Able Auto Charity making sure to select Big Brothers Big Sisters 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 Bay Area youth and you’ll receive all the documentation you need to report your donation as a tax deduction.

  • Donate Tickets for our Matches:

    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 giving them experiences they may not have had otherwise. Contact donations@bbbsba.org for more information.

BUY INTO A POWERFUL BRAND

Support our mission by purchasing Big Brothers Big Sisters t-shirts, mugs, hats and more — with our powerful logo and we’ll receive a percentage of the sale!

AMAZONSMILE

Support Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area every time you shop, and we’ll receive .5% of the total purchases at no cost to you.

Here is how:

  1. Go to smile.amazon.com
  2. Login
  3. Click on the “supporting” tab
  4. When prompted select Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area as your charity

SHOP & SUPPORT

Enroll now for free by linking any credit or debit card and shop with participating merchants as you normally would. A portion of every purchase will automatically be returned to us as a contribution on your behalf.

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!

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 youth, by going to eScrip’s Website and choosing group ID #500000152. Sign up now!

EBAY GIVING WORKS

Sign up to sell your items on eBay through the eBay Giving Works program, which allows sellers to donate a percentage of proceeds from their own online auction sales to a charity.

SOCIAL MEDIA

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or LinkedIn, and deepenour reach. If you’re a mentor (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 sharing 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.

HOST A FUNDRAISER

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

If you’re already hosting a party, add a purpose by adding the free Evite Donations tool and choose Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area so your guests can donate to us.

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? Visit here for more details.