“DrawBridge continues to have a strong commitment to bringing art-making opportunities and joy to the lives of homeless children in many
shelters and housing facilities in the Bay Area.”

Jennifer L., DrawBridge Facilitator




By giving to DrawBridge, you are directly helping homeless and other underserved children to thrive in an environment that fosters their sense of childhood joy, creativity, self-confidence and hope. While we cannot solve all the complex problems of homelessness today, we can give children a creative outlet with a proven, powerful healing impact, providing skills they can use to cope and do well for the rest of their lives.

Donate Now

Or send a check, made out to “DrawBridge”

P.O. Box 2698
San Rafael, CA 94912-2698

With no brick and mortar office to pay for, no equipment and utilities costs, and volunteer time well exceeding that of paid consultants, you can be assured that your donation is going directly toward program costs, including art materials, stipends for art group facilitators and oversight and development of all of the art groups.

Here is what your donation supports:
An art program costs $6500 per year to run
Sponsoring an art group facilitator costs $2250 annually
Art supplies for a group amount to $600 per year
Adopt-an-artist – you can sponsor one child for an entire year for $100

Monthly Giving

Join the DrawBridge Kids Fan Club – automatic giving is easy for you and immensely helpful to us!

The Fan Club creates monthly income and helps to sustain DrawBridge long-term, allowing us to serve homeless children with over 4500 annual site visits. This steady income allows us to provide a consistent and safe presence in children’s lives, something they can count on week after week.

Set Up Monthly Giving

Fundraise for Us

There are many ways to fundraise, and some of them are super easy:

Take up a collection at work during the holidays
Set up a crowd-funding site and use your social media contacts to raise funds
Ask your employer about charitable programs the company offers
Provide a dynamic event space and let us create the event
Collect auction items for donation to DrawBridge
Donate the use of a vacation house as an auction item
Request donations or unused art supplies in lieu of gifts

hearts-pink-cupcakes-homepagePlanning an event on behalf of DrawBridge is a tremendous way to support the children we serve. It is not only a source of income for us, but also a huge marketing boost, bringing this important work to the attention of people who might not know about us –and possibly engaging future donors.

Here are some ideas of past fundraising events held on behalf of DrawBridge:

Silent Auction at a local bar, with auction proceeds and a portion of the bar tab going to DrawBridge
Beautiful event space, beverages and hors d’oeuvres donated for a fundraising event that was planned and executed by DrawBridge
Reception held with a significant raffle item and all proceeds of raffle tickets going to DrawBridge
Rummage sale, with proceeds going to DrawBridge
Birthday party request for donations to DrawBridge in lieu of gifts

If you are interested in hosting an event, we would be happy to support you with marketing materials, information and in many other ways!

Attend an Event

hearts-smilingEvents are one of the most fun and easy ways to support DrawBridge. We put on at least one annual event, and have very generous supporters who present events on our behalf. If you would like to be notified of upcoming celebrations, please sign up here and we’ll send you an invitation!

If you would like to assist with an event or even host one, please contact us or check out the Fundraise for Us section. We would be glad to work with you to create a successful event!

Planned Giving

What kind of legacy do you want to leave? Your family most likely comes first, but charitable giving is a way to create a wider legacy that lives on. Giving to DrawBridge is making a gift to children whose parents are not able to provide everything they might wish to. The bequest of art groups to children who have very few positive outlets in their lives is a meaningful gift that could help shape their futures.

Will or Trust

Include a bequest to DrawBridge in your will or trust.
Make a bequest that is unrestricted, or in a specified amount or percentage.


Benefits to Planned Giving for your Will:
Your assets remain in your control during your lifetime.
You can modify your gift to address changing circumstances.
Under current tax law, there is no upper limit on the estate tax deduction for your charitable bequests.

Retirement Plan

Name or designate DrawBridge as a beneficiary of your IRA, 401(k) orother retirement plan.
Pass the balance of your retirement assets to DrawBridge.

Benefits to Giving from your Retirement Plan:
Continue to take regular lifetime withdrawals.
Maintain flexibility to change beneficiaries if your family’s needs change during your lifetime.
Your heirs avoid the potential double taxation on the assets left in your retirement account.

Gift that Pays You Income

IRS-approved lifetime income plans allow you to make a substantial gift to DrawBridge while increasing your income:
Charitable Gift annuity
Deferred Gift Annuity
Charitable Remainder Unitrust
Charitable Remainder Annuity Trust

Benefits to Lifetime Income Plans:
An additional source of lifetime income for you, your spouse, or other significant persons.
A potential increase in the income you are currently receiving from your investments.
An immediate tax deduction for a portion of your gift.
No capital gains tax due at the transfer of appreciated assets to your gift plan.


IRA Charitable Rollover

You can designate all or a portion of your retirement accounts to the charity of your choice and pay NO taxes on this transfer.

Gifts of Stock and Appreciated Assets

You receive an immediate income tax deduction for the fair market value of the stocks, bonds or mutual fund shares on the date of transfer (even if you originally paid much less for them).
You pay no capital gains tax on the transfer when the stock is sold.
Giving appreciated stock can be more beneficial than giving cash.

The “cost” of your gift is often less than the deduction you gain by making it. Plan your generosity wisely. Before you make any decisions about making gifts to charity, talk to your financial or legal advisor about what will work best for you.

Inspiring Joy, Self-Confidence & Hope