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Invest in brighter futures for young people who’ve grown up in foster care

The generosity of our donors ensures we can continue to reach transition-age foster youth with our life-changing support, giving them what every kid deserves: a chance to reach their full potential.

Donate by Check

If you would like to donate by check, please make the check payable to First Place for Youth and mail it to:

First Place for Youth
426 17th Street, Suite 100
Oakland, CA 94612

Donate Stock

Making a gift of stock to First Place for Youth is a simple process and often provides tax advantages. 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.

Before donating stock, please email or call Claudia Miller, VP of Advancement, at 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.

Planned Giving

Including First Place for Youth in your will is a powerful demonstration of your belief in ensuring that all foster youth have the opportunity and support to build skills for healthy, independent adulthood. Establishing a bequest to First Place is a simple way to create future resources for our work with transition-age foster youth, without any impact to your current lifestyle. Contact Claudia Miller at 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 While You Shop

If you frequently shop on Amazon, you can give more without spending more by using their Amazon Smile program and list First Place for Youth as your charity of choice.

You can also support First Place for Youth through Goodshop. Use Goodshop when shopping at thousands of stores 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!

Gifts In Kind

Whether they’re joining First Place from group or foster homes or coming directly from living on the streets, our young people often have little more than a small bag of belongings when they come to us. Your donations of supplies are needed and received with excitement and gratitude by our young people.

As they move into their first apartment, begin to build their life skills, and continue their education and career development, our young people need many essential items that most of them cannot afford. Donations of brand new school, work-related, and household supplies are always welcomed. View our Wish List to see examples of specific items that support our youth in achieving their goals.

Contact Lauren Chiarulli at if you are interested in making an in-kind donation. Once your donation has been confirmed, please complete a Gift In Kind Donation Form and return it to Lauren, so that we may properly acknowledge your gift.

Shop directly through our Amazon Wish List

For your convenience, we have also created an Amazon Wish List.  Shop from the list to provide our participants with much needed household items, and have your orders delivered directly to First Place. Use Smile to make your wish list purchase to worth more.

Party With a Purpose

Have fun and do something good for the community at the same time by hosting a First Place Party With a Purpose. 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. Check out our Party with a Purpose FAQs for more information.

Contact Claudia Miller at to learn more and schedule your event with us.