Giving to Raphael House is a sound philanthropic investment: On average, 85% of families exiting the Residential Shelter Program achieve stable housing and financial independence and more than 90% of families engaged in the Bridge Program (formerly known as AfterCare) maintain their long-term housing and financial stability. Our highly structured continuum of care features counseling services, financial education, parental coaching, child tutoring and educational advocacy—in addition to shelter, food and clothing, and emotional support. We work to ensure our families have access to the services they need to take ownership of their lives and accountability for achieving stability and self-sufficiency beyond their temporary stay at Raphael House.
Unique among many social service agencies, Raphael House is 100% privately funded and relies on its extensive network of donors to meet its entire annual operating budget of $3.9 million. This private funding model gives us greater control over our programs so that parents and children are treated as individuals rather than units of service. Raphael House’s donor portfolio includes individuals, businesses and corporations, foundations, and church and civic groups. Nearly 30% have been giving for twenty or more years.
Donate through the Edward D. Haas Memorial Fund
Ed Haas, a past Member of the Raphael House Board of Directors, was exceptionally skilled at bringing people together to support the challenges of stabilizing homeless families. The Edward D. Haas Memorial Fund at the Raphael House has been established for the purpose of funding special projects in memory of Ed. Please mark your checks to the Raphael House as “Edward D. Haas Memorial Fund” c/o Raphael House of San Francisco, 1065 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA 94109
Raphael House has a partnership with Community Thrift Store to receive donations on our behalf. When making a donation please specify that your goods are for Raphael House so that proceeds from your donation reach our families. Not only do we receive the proceeds from your donation of goods but our partnership allows families to have more of a selection of items and the ability to shop in private with their family.
For questions regarding donations or our partnership with Community Thrift please contact Kellen Sarver at 415.345.7200 or email@example.com. For more information about Community Thrift Store drop-off hours and donation guidelines please visit communitythriftsf.org or call 415.861.4910.
Due to storage and staffing limitations, we’re unable to accept most in-kind donations onsite without prior arrangement.
Donate through our Amazon Wish List
Making a donation through our Amazon wish lists is a great way to make a direct impact on families experiencing homelessness. We keep our wish lists up to date with our current needs and have a variety of lists to choose from. For companies or large groups wanting to get involved, we can also create a custom wish list to share within your network. Please contact Kellen Sarver at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more. When purchasing an item from our wish list, please make sure to include your name, contact information, and group or company name (if donating as part of an organized drive) so that we know who to thank.
Donate Halloween Costumes
Help stock Raphael House’s Halloween Costume Shop with new and gently used costumes that Raphael House kids can borrow from each Halloween. We are especially looking for costumes for teens and kids sizes medium and large. However, we can also accept costumes for all ages. Costumes should not be scary or include masks. To donate gently used costumes, contact Kellen Sarver at 415.345.7200 or email@example.com. View our Amazon wish list where new costumes can be purchased directly.
Adopt a Family for the Holidays!
Every year Raphael House invites individuals and business to purchase gifts for low income families through our Adopt-A-Family Program. Gifts from donors not only provide joy and comfort to our families during the holidays, but they also protect each family’s financial independence. Last year through the generosity of our community, we were able to provide gifts for 524 children and 224 families.
Other Ways to Give
Becoming a monthly donor is a great way to maximize your support for Raphael House while investing in the long-term sustainability of our programs. The support we receive from our monthly donors is a critical source of continuous, dependable revenue and helps ensure our programs remain unaffected by giving trends or seasonal fluctuations.. When you become a monthly donor we will enroll you in Families First!, a recognition club that offers special volunteer opportunities.
“Those big checks at the end of the year are always nice, but this is a great way for me to support Raphael House all throughout the year.” ~Nancy O’Brien, donor since 1997
Making a gift in honor or memory of a friend or loved one is a special way to acknowledge their significance to you or to mark a special occasion. Honorees will enjoy your recognition and appreciate a thoughtful gift that supports a worthy cause. When you make a donation, we will send the honoree a personalized card on your behalf.
Many companies offer generous matching programs which can go a long way towards increasing your net contribution. Check with your Human Resources Department to find out if your company participates.
- Obtain a matching gift form and program guidelines from your Human Resources office.
- Fill in the employee section of the form and send it to Raphael House along with your donation.
If you’ve already made your contribution, simply fill out your portion of the form and mail it to:
Raphael House of San Francisco
1065 Sutter Street
San Francisco, CA 94109-5891
We will complete the form and forward it to your employer’s matching gift office for processing. Once approved, your company will send its matching donation directly to us.
Giving through United Way and other workplace giving campaigns is an easy way to make a big impact. To find out what programs your workplace offers, contact your Human Resources Department.To donate to Raphael House through United Way write Raphael House of San Francisco on your pledge form and your donation will be automatically deducted from your paycheck.
These are some of the workplace giving programs that we participate in:
- United Way
- Children’s Charitable Alliance
- Combined Federal Campaign
- Local Independent Charities
Donate Stocks or Securities
Donating appreciated stocks, bonds, or securities is an easy way to make an important contribution that helps to support our families. You may realize tax benefits for gifts of this kind, and we encourage you to consult with a financial advisor or tax accountant prior to making a donation of this type. If you have any questions or would like to arrange for a transfer, please contact Rob Taylor at 415.345.7263 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
When you include Raphael House in your estate plans, not only are you establishing a philanthropic legacy that lasts far beyond your lifetime, you help ensure that Raphael House will be here for future generations of families in need. The support Raphael House receives through planned giving means we can plan 10, 20, even 30 years ahead and know that our future is secure.
There are multiple planned giving options to choose from:
- Bequests, wills, and trusts
- Retirement plans and life insurance policies
- Gift annuities
- Personal property and real estate
- Gifts of appreciated stocks, bonds, and other securities
We recommend you consult with a qualified attorney or a professional estate planner for advice on which giving option best fits your particular circumstances. If you decide to include Raphael House in your estate planning, please specify: