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The American Red Cross is able to help those affected by disasters small and large because of the generosity of the American people.

The Red Cross is not a government agency; it relies on private donations of time, money and blood to do its work.

Make a Donation

The American Red Cross relies on the generosity of people like you to carry out our mission. An average of 91 cents of every dollar the Red Cross spends is invested in humanitarian services and programs.

Donate Online – visit to make a one-time or recurring donation online.

Donate by Phone – to make a donation over the phone, please call (858) 309-1278.

Donate by Mail – please mail a check or money order (payable to the American Red Cross) to:
American Red Cross of San Diego/Imperial Counties
Attn: Development
3950 Calle Fortunada
San Diego, CA 92123

For acknowledgment and tax purposes, please also include your name, address with zip code, telephone number and email address. For more information on making a donation, please contact Jim Price, Regional Philanthropy Officer, at or (858) 309-1276.

Create an Online Fundraiser

Are you ready to make a difference? Fundraise for the Red Cross! Create a personal Red Cross fundraising page using Crowdrise. Click here for more fun and easy fundraising ideas.

Giving Societies

The support of our Giving Societies’ members helps us meet critical needs for disaster preparedness and response, lifesaving training, services to military members and their families, and international humanitarian care.

  • Tiffany Circle
    The Tiffany Circle was created in 2006 as a society dedicated to the women who give their time, talent and treasure to the American Red Cross. Tiffany Circle women are committed to serving the organization through leadership and philanthropy. By investing $10,000 annually in the American Red Cross, these women follow in the footsteps of a long line of women leaders who have helped the Red Cross serve the American public in times of war and peace through disaster response, blood collection, safety training and countless other community assistance services.

  • Clara Barton Society
    American Red Cross founder Clara Barton risked her life to bring supplies and support to soldiers in the field during the Civil War. She did what she felt was right to save lives and relieve unimaginable suffering. In doing so, she blazed a bold path and set the standard for future generations of Red Cross supporters and volunteers. Today, Clara Barton Society members follow in Clara’s courageous footsteps by stepping forward and making a difference in people’s lives. With an annual gift from $1,000 to $4,999, Clara Barton Society members establish themselves as true leaders. Their generosity ensures that the Red Cross will always be there to prevent and relieve human suffering in times of need.

    For more information on becoming a part of one of our Giving Societies, please contact Jim Price, Regional Philanthropy Officer, at or (858) 309-1276.

Gifts in Tribute or Memorial

Acknowledge a special occasion or honor a loved one with a memorial gift to the American Red Cross. A letter can be sent to the person being honored or a recipient of your choosing. Make your check payable to the American Red Cross and write the name of the individual you wish to honor in the memo line of your check. Enclose a note indicating where you would like the tribute sent (including the address) and for what occasion. For more information on making a memorial gift, please contact Jim Price, Regional Philanthropy Officer, at or (858) 309-1276.

Plan a Legacy Gift

Planned gifts create opportunities for both the American Red Cross and our donors. There are many options from which you can choose, including bequests, life income gift, gift of life insurance, pooled income fund, charitable lead trust and gift of retirement plan. For more information on making a planned gift, please contact Lynn Dickinson at (844) 480-9025 or

Matching Gifts

Did you know that many companies have matching gift programs that will double or even triple charitable contributions made by their employees? This can make your donation go even further in assisting the many programs and services offered by your local American Red Cross. Check with your company’s personnel office or visit our online directory of matching gift companies to find out if your company will match your contribution. Contact your company’s human resources department to see if they have a matching program.

The American Red Cross Tax Identification Number (also known as Employee Identification Number or EIN) is 53-0196605.

Donate Your Vehicle

When you donate your car or vehicle to the American Red Cross, the money goes directly to support local programs and services. You will receive the benefit of a tax deduction as well as the good feeling that comes from helping your local Red Cross provide life-saving programs and services to our community. We accept vehicles in all 50 states, from cars and trucks to boats and motorcycles. Learn more about the Red Cross Vehicle Donation Program.

Individual Donation of Goods

The Red Cross is typically unable to accept non-bulk individual donations of goods or collections of items such as clothing, food or cleaning supplies.

It takes time and money to store, sort, clean and distribute donated items, which diverts limited time and resources away from helping those most affected. Logistically, it is impossible to distribute a wide variety of individual items in an equitable way.

While we cannot accept the donation of an individual item, you can support your community by donating these items to an organization that is equipped to put them to the best possible local use, such as the Salvation Army and others.

On some occasions, the Red Cross will accept donations, except for homemade food, at our shelters. Before collecting or dropping off donations of food, clothing or household items, please call to see if these items are needed.

Combined Federal Campaign

The Red Cross has been a participating charity with the CFC since 1958. Your pledge helps us respond to disasters in our communities, provide blood for neighbors in need, train people in critical lifesaving skills and provide support to military families. Learn how you can pledge here.