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Your Impact

Since first opening our doors in 1950, we have relied on a vast network of supporters for priceless guidance and crucial investments in our shared mission of creating a strong, robust community, Our donors and volunteers are behind every child who enters kindergarten with a voracious curiosity, every hard-working parent’s paid-off debt, and every older adult’s roar of laughter.

We invite you to open your heart and to be the person who not only stands against adversity, but also inspires other to do the same.


Last year, more than 800 individuals, foundations, and corporations invested more than $2 million in our shared mission of creating a strong community. The passions and backgrounds of our donors are as unique as the ways in which they lend their support.

Today, it’s easier than ever to get that giving feeling. Donate online, mail a check to our main office in San Mateo (24 Second Ave, San Mateo, CA 94401), or explore the giving opportunities below.

However you choose to give, you inspire Peninsula Family Service to continue innovating, adapting, and expanding to meet the diverse needs of our community.

Donation Options

Throughout the year, Peninsula Family Service relies on flexible sources of support to help fund our areas of greatest need. By designating your donation as unrestricted funding–also know as general operating support–you provide us with the opportunity to channel your donation where it is needed most, whether it be expanding an existing service, investing in new technology to better serve our participants, or supporting the ongoing costs of offering our outstanding programs. In doing so, you enable us to evolve, adapt, and meet the changing needs of our community in real time.

Click here to strengthen our roots through an unrestricted gift

Catalyst STEMWith her Catalyst Fund gift, Judy C. Swanson, longstanding friend, board member, and philanthropic champion, created the Swanson STEM Initiative, a measure to ensure children in our Early Learning Program receive the building blocks of science, technology, engineering, and math.

In 2015, some of our most generous friends launched Peninsula Family Service’s Catalyst Fund. Key investors created this initiative with multi-year commitments to form a stable base of funding on which we can scale our efforts and meet growing needs throughout the community.

For more information on joining the Catalyst Fund, please contact Maria Damp, Director of Donor Engagement, Major Gifts.

Donating publicly traded stock may provide better tax benefits than a traditional donation. Your charitable income tax deduction is equal to the fair market value of the stock and you avoid paying capital gains tax on any increase in the current value over the original cost of the stock. You may also save on brokerage fees because you are transferring ownership rather than selling the stock.

Please download the Stock Transfer Form form, follow instructions to formalize and execute your charitable gift, and be sure to fax or email the completed information to the contact provided. These steps will inform Peninsula Family Service of the proposed donation and ensure you receive a prompt receipt of your gift for your tax records.

“As Opportunity Partners, we get to show our support every month and enjoy that wonderful feeling of paying it forward much more often.” – Victoria Chiongbian and Ramon Khu, Opportunity Partners

Through our monthly online giving circle, donors can provide a reliable, sustainable source of funding for the programs they’re passionate about.

To enroll, make a donation via our Donate Page and choose to become a sustaining, monthly contributor. By selecting this option, your credit card will be charged automatically once per month.

Questions? Contact Maria Damp, Director of Donor Engagement.

John Carver, Legacy Partner
John Carver, Legacy Partner

“Through a charitable remainder trust, I can make a meaningful donation, receive a lifetime income, and a charitable deduction upon creating the trust.” – John Carver, Legacy Partner

Our Legacy Partners ensure their impact is felt for decades to come by carrying on their philanthropic vision via estate gifts. Through wills, trusts, annuities, retirement plans, life insurance, and other planned giving opportunities, donors can create an exceptional legacy and remarkable future for our community.

We treasure the opportunity to pay tribute today to those who have included Peninsula Family Service in their estate plans. Please complete this form if you would like to be acknowledged as a Legacy Partner. 

If you have any questions, please contact Deborah Miller, Vice President of Advancement at 650-403-4300 ext. 4412 or via email at

With an in-kind gift, donors can support our organization and the neighbors we serve directly. Career clothing can help an older adult make a strong first impression at an interview; a new book can help a child explore their love of literacy; household goods can be sold at The Family Tree to raise much needed funds to keep our doors open.

Due to space constraints, we are not able to accept every gift-in-kind. Please see our Amazon Wishlist and our In-Kind Giving Guide for a list of our most needed items.

Questions? Contact Maria Damp, Director of Donor Engagement.

Thanks to our partnership with CARS, Inc., it’s now easier than ever to support Peninsula Family Service by donating your used car, boat, RV, or other vehicle. Just go to or call 855-500-RIDE (7433) to get started.

Questions? Contact Maria Damp, Director of Donor Engagement.