Become a Donor

A sense of shared humanity is vital for our community at large and for each of us individually. Knowing that we are not alone gives us all hope—especially during times of need. Your donation not only helps us provide necessities including food, shelter, clothing, and healthcare, it helps us give people hope. Our personal approach makes all the difference in helping our clients feel supported.

The Power of Your Gift

Did you know that 67% of our funding comes from community donations? 40% of our revenue is in-kind goods and service, and 85% of our income goes directly to our programs.

We provide services and resources to more than 14,000 San Mateo County residents in need each year, including families with children, seniors and individuals living with a disability, veterans and homeless adults. Much of our work is made possible by gifts, donations, and contributions from caring neighbors like you.

As the central organization leading the fight against poverty in our area, we effectively leverage funds and donations to fulfill immediate needs and create long-term self-reliance.

Together, we’re building an enduring community.


A Tax Deductible Gift

Samaritan House is a 501(c)(3) organization. Federal Tax I.D. number: 23-7416272. All donations are tax deductible as permitted by law.

Ways You Can Give

Check or Credit Card

We welcome monetary donations in any amount—every dollar helps.

Please make checks payable to “Samaritan House” and send to:
Samaritan House
4031 Pacific Blvd.
San Mateo, CA 94403

To make a donation by credit card, please call 650-931-6216 and we will be happy to assist you.

Gifting stocks and bonds can be one of the most advantageous ways to give. Donating in the form of incentive stock options or regular investment holdings allows you to deduct the full fair market value of the stock as a charitable contribution and bypass all capital gains taxes. (To qualify, you must own your stock for more than one year). Securities may be donated by transferring them directly into the Samaritan House account.

Stock Donation Instructions

Donating cryptocurrency is a non-taxable event, meaning you do not owe capital gains tax on the appreciated amount and can deduct it on your taxes. This makes Bitcoin, Ethereum and other cryptocurrency donations one of the most tax-efficient ways to support Samaritan House. You can find all of our accepted cryptocurrencies through the giving block platform.

John Kelly Legacy Circle

What better way to leave a legacy than by making an impact on your community? Designating a gift to Samaritan House through a will, trust, or other planned donation can also benefit your heirs, and yourself as you get older. You don’t have to be wealthy— anyone can do it as part of preparing for retirement and estate planning.

Learn more about how to include Samaritan House in your plans.

The League of New Samaritans

League of New Samaritans includes young professionals hailing from all corners of San Mateo County, brought together by a common commitment to supporting Samaritan House and the incredible services and resources they provide to those in need in our community. Either as volunteers, board members, or donors, we all continue to be inspired everyday by the work being done to help those around us, and are passionate in engaging others to join us in this worthy cause.

Please contact Beth Hefner, Annual Fund and Events Manager, at 650-523-0809 for more information.

Every contribution, big or small, really does go a long way. You can lend a helping hand to neighbors in need today.

Refund and Privacy Policy

Samaritan House Refund Policy

Donations to Samaritan House are non-refundable. If you have made a transaction error in making your donation to Samaritan House, we will honor refund requests made within 15 business days. To request a refund, call 650-931-6216. Refunds are returned using the original payment method except for cash donations, which will be returned via check. Credit card donations will be credited to the same credit card.

Samaritan House Privacy Policy

Samaritan House respects and protects your privacy. You can read our full privacy policy here.


If at any time you have questions about making a donation, please call Beth Hefner, Annual Fund and Events Manager, at 650-523-0809.

Your gift will help us provide vital services to people in need

Help us bring hope and dignity to those living in poverty