Other Ways to Give


Donate Stock

It’s a simple process to make a gift of stock. Before doing so, please email or call Claudia Miller, VP of Advancement, at cmiller@firstplaceforyouth.org or 510.272.0979 x299, so that we can track your gift. Then download the Stock Donation Form and mail it to your broker to initiate the transfer.

Making a gift of stock to First Place for Youth often provides tax advantages, particularly if you own appreciated stocks that you will have to pay long-term capital gains tax on. By making a gift of stock to First Place, you may avoid the capital gains tax on the appreciation of the stock as well as receive an income tax deduction in the amount of the stock’s value on the date of the gift.

Matching Gifts

Many businesses match their employees’ charitable gifts. Please check with your employer’s Human Resources Department to learn more.

Honor and Memorial Gifts

Honor and Memorial gifts provide a special opportunity to celebrate achievements, milestones, and lives. To make a tribute, click here, and include the name and contact information of the person to whom your gift is made in honor of. Your gift to First Place is truly special, and we will provide personalized recognition for you and those you honor.

Planned Giving

By naming First Place as a beneficiary in your will or an insurance policy, you leave a legacy that provides much needed support for foster youth for years to come. Contact Claudia Miller at cmiller@firstplaceforyouth.org or 510.272.0979 x299 for more information. If you have included First Place in your estate plans, please let us know so we can properly thank you.

Donate a Car

First Place has arranged a hassle-free way for you to donate your car, truck, boat, or RV. Simply complete the Vehicle Donation Form and email it to Claudia Miller at cmiller@firstplaceforyouth.org.

Wish List

Young people often have little more than a small bag of belongings when they come to us. Some are coming from group homes or foster homes and others are coming directly from the streets. Your donations of supplies are needed and received with excitement and gratitude by our young people.

Kids in the My First Place Program are moving into their first apartment and beginning to build their life skills, while continuing their education and finding their first job. They need many essential items that most of them cannot afford. Donations of brand new school, work-related, and household supplies are always welcomed. Click here for examples of specific items that would help kids to build their futures and achieve their goals. Contact Claire Blaney at cblaney@firstplaceforyouth.org if you are interested in making an in-kind donation.

When making a donation of items to First Place, please complete a Gift In Kind Donation Form and email it to Claire Blaney at cblaney@firstplaceforyouth.org, so that we may properly acknowledge your gift.

Donate as You Shop

If you have an Amazon.com account, you can support us every time you shop through Amazon Smile by going to http://smile.amazon.com/ch/94-3341034 and list First Place for Youth as your charity of choice. For your convenience, we have an Amazon Wish List created with necessary household items for the kids. Click here to check out the Foster Youth Apartment Wish List.

You can support First Place for Youth in another free and easy way! Use Goodshop when shopping online at thousands of stores like Macy’s and they’ll donate up to 20% of your purchase back to us, at no cost to you! They also offer tons of deals and coupons, so save on home appliances from Bed Bath and Beyond or enjoy Amazon promos, while supporting us! We appreciate it!


Party with a Purpose

Party with a Purpose helps to bring more meaning to your party.  One of the best ways to help First Place for Youth is by bringing your friends and colleagues together to learn about First Place for Youth, and help raise money and resources for a cause that’s impacting foster youth in our community. Have fun and do something good for the community at the same time. Check out our Party with a Purpose FAQs for more information.

Contact Claire Blaney at cblaney@firstplaceforyouth.org to learn more and schedule your event with us.