Ways to Donate

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Donate Now

The Red Cross is a symbol of hope throughout the world. As part of this humanitarian
organization, the American Red Cross San Diego/Imperial Counties Chapter provides
hope and help to victims of single family emergencies and community, national and
international disasters.

Consider giving a charitable gift to help your neighbors in San Diego and Imperial Counties. Your generosity will ensure your community can prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies.

Thank you for your support of the American Red Cross!

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:
San Diego/Imperial Counties Chapter Gift Processing
3950 Calle Fortunada
San Diego, CA 92123
For acknowledgment and tax purposes, please include:
  • Your name
  • Address with zip code
  • Telephone number
  • Email address

Hold a Fundraiser Benefitting the Red Cross

Does your school, community group or organization want to host a fundraiser for the Red Cross? We are happy to provide information to assist with your event.

Find out more info on holding a fundraiser to benefit the Red Cross.

Make a Gift in Honor

An American Red Cross honor gift allows you to recognize special milestones in your loved ones' lives or acknowledge someone who has made a difference in your own life.

To make a gift in honor, please call (858) 309-1278. You can also make a gift online.

When your gift in honor is received, the American Red Cross will promptly send a personalized tribute card to the person or family you indicated, notifying them of your thoughtful donation. All donations are tax-deductible.

Make a Gift in Memory

An American Red Cross memorial gift expresses the sense of loss when someone important to you passes away. It is also a meaningful way to celebrate the memory of a loved one who cared about the American Red Cross's mission.

To make a gift in memory, please call (858) 309-1278. You can also make a gift online or hold an online fundraiser.

When your memorial gift is received, the American Red Cross will promptly send a personalized tribute card to the family member you indicate, notifying them of your thoughtful donation. All donations are tax-deductible.

Donate Stock or Securities

One of the most advantageous ways to contribute to the American Red Cross is through a gift of stock. Making a gift of securities is simple and offers a number of valuable financial benefits.
  • You can donate appreciated stocks, bonds, or mutual funds.
  • The total value of the stock upon transfer is tax-deductible.
  • There is no obligation to pay any capital gains taxes on the appreciation.
Be certain to notify the Red Cross of your/your client's stock gift. Stock donations transferred directly to our broker arrive in our account with no donor information. For the Red Cross to provide a receipt for a stock gift it is essential that we know the donor's name and address as well as the type of stock, number of shares, and expected date of transfer.
Should you require it, the American Red Cross's Employer Identification Number (EIN)/Federal Tax Identification Number (TIN) is 53-0196605.

Planned Gifts

Planned gifts create opportunities for both our donors and the American Red Cross. Determining what gift is right for you is just as important as making the gift. There are many options from which you can choose.
  • Bequests
  • Life Income Gift
  • Gift of Life Insurance
  • Pooled Income Fund
  • Charitable Lead Trust
  • Gift of Retirement Plan
To begin, please contact Jacquelyn Clites, Gift Planning Officer.
Email: Jacquelyn.Clites@redcross.org
Phone: (858) 337-7827

Make a Gift of Life Insurance

Some of our supporters no longer need life insurance that was purchased years ago to provide for children or other family members. If that is your situation, please consider donating the policy to the American Red Cross. You may claim a charitable deduction for approximately the policy's cash surrender value, and the proceeds are completely removed from your estate.

For details on this program, sample rates, and other giving opportunities, please contact Jacquelyn Clites, Gift Planning Officer at (858) 337-7827 or Jacquelyn.Clites@redcross.org.

Make a Matching Gift

Contact your Human Resources department to find out if your workplace has a matching gift program, or visit www.matchinggifts.com/redcross/. This can make your donation go twice as far, and assist twice as many programs and services offered by your local American Red Cross.

Donate Your Vehicle

Donating your vehicle—in any condition—is a great way to help us help others. We accept vehicles in all 50 states, from cars and trucks to boats and motorcycles. Learn more about the Red Cross Vehicle Donation Program.