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Ways to Give

At Children's Oakland, we believe that access to the best healthcare possible is the birthright of every child. It is our privilege and passion to secure that right for all children in our community and beyond. Join us today and help us realize this vision. Your support will make all the difference.

Donate Online

Giving online is a safe, simple, and time efficient way to support Children’s Oakland. Your secure online tax-deductible donation will provide help and hope to thousands of sick children and their families. Make your donation now!

Donate by Mail

If you wish to make a cash or check contribution by mail, you can download a donation form here. Please address your donation to: Children’s Hospital & Research Center Foundation, 2201 Broadway, Suite 600, Oakland, CA 94612-3017, Attn: Dawn Burris.

Gifts of Stock

Most people give cash, but donating stock directly may be better, especially if the stock has increased in value. You get an immediate income tax deduction at full value, avoid any tax on the gain and Children’s benefits immediately. For more information, please contact us at (510) 428-3814.

Honor/Memorial Gifts

Consider an honor or memorial gift to Children’s Oakland as a meaningful way to appreciate someone special. Recognize the accomplishment of a friend or family member with an honor gift. Remember the life of a friend, relative, or colleague with a memorial gift. Create a tribute page to share the story of a loved one and raise funds to help advance pediatric medicine. While honoring or memorializing special people in your life, you are touching the lives of sick children and their families. Make an Honor/Memorial Gift Now!

Matching Gifts

Your donation can go twice as far. Making your charitable gift go twice as far is easy—many companies match their employees’ charitable contributions, and some companies even match the gifts of spouses or retirees. You can double, and sometimes even triple, your impact just by in a matching gift program. See if your employer matches gifts to Children's Oakland.

Gift Planning

Gift planning is a way for you to personally help advance pediatric healthcare, both locally and globally, and achieve your retirement and estate planning goals at the same time. Make Children’s Oakland a part of your legacy by including a gift of any size in your will or living trust. Supplement your retirement income or save taxes and help Children’s Oakland. Your gift plan will be tailored to meet your financial situation and your vision for the health and well being of our community's children—now and for years to come.

Plan a Fundraiser

Special events planned by community groups are a vital source of funding for Children's Oakland. If you are interested in hosting a fundraising event to benefit our hospital, you can review our tips for getting started and then fill out our fundraising event application

Donate Your Vehicle

You can donate your car, truck, motorcycle, boat, RV, or other vehicle to benefit Children's Oakland. The proceeds from the sale of your vehicle will be donated to our hospital. To donate your vehicle, please go the Car Donation Services website to complete a donation form. Or you can call the organization at (888) 686-4483. Please tell them that you would like to donate a vehicle to Children’s Hospital & Research Foundation. 


There are two separate ways to volunteer, and they have very different requirements:

Special Events: As a Special Events volunteer, you become an integral part of the Foundation’s efforts to raise needed funds to secure our mission, and you are free to volunteer as often, or as infrequently, as you have time for. If you would like to volunteer for a fundraising event, please sign up online. If you have questions, please email our Development Services Coordinator or call (510) 428-3890 for more information. 

Hospital Volunteer: If you would like to volunteer at the hospital, call the hospital's volunteer office at (510) 428-3471. Please be aware that volunteers must be 16 or older, in good general and mental health, have no criminal record, and be able to make a long-term commitment, including a weekly, scheduled shift. A minimum of one shift per week for at least six months of continuous service and a total minimum commitment of 100 hours is expected.


An additional way to support Children’s Oakland is through the donation of toys and supplies for our patients, and toiletries for patient parents. Please read our instructions for scheduling your donation delivery, special holiday information, and a list of items that we cannot accept. For more information about tax-deductible in-kind contributions, call Gilmarys "Gilma" Rivera at (510) 428-3814.

Special Events Donations

If you are interested in donating a high-value item to an event auction, such as a gift certificate, piece of artwork, vacation home, signed memorabilia, etc, please email events@mail.cho.org or call (510) 428-3869 for further information.

Foundation Grants

Each year, Children's Oakland proudly receives significant support from local and national family, private, and community foundations. Foundation grants support many of Children's outstanding programs ranging from patient care to research to youth development and training as well as capital improvement projects. You can read about our foundation partners here.

For more information about how your foundation can participate in the excellent programs at Children's Oakland, or to set up a tour of the hospital, please email Rosanna McDonald or call her at (510) 428-3834.

Other Ways to Give

  • Identify us on your United Way, Independent Charities of America, or Combined Federal Campaign pledge card. 
  • Gifts of property are welcome. Email Vern Marsh, Finance Administrator, for more information.


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