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Donations help BOSS continue the essential work of being a positive motivating force with each other and in the lives of countless human beings who come through our doors providing love, respect, safety and a sense of belonging.

BOSS is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization: all donations are tax deductible to the extent allowable by law. BOSS’s tax ID number is 51-0173390.

Tiny Homes Village Wish List

BOSS will be managing and operating a new housing program (Fairmont Navigation Center – Tiny Homes Village, San Leandro, CA) beginning July 2021.  

The Fairmont Navigation Center Tiny Homes Village, (all NEW tiny homes) will provide low-barrier interim housing, supportive services, housing navigation, and connection to social and medical services. 

BOSS needs your help. We are asking for the support of the community to assist in purchasing household items for each tiny home as an in-kind donation.  You can do this by going to BOSS’s AmazonSmile Wish List to purchase items.

Amazon Wish List

  • Swifter Sweeper Starter Kit 2 in 1 (sweeper, wet and dry cloths)
  • Lysol Disinfectant Spray
  • Lysol (or Multi-purpose) Surface Cleaner
  • Sponges
  • Dishwashing Liquid
  • Laundry Detergent
  • Paper towels
  • Flushable Wet Wipes
  • Toilet paper
  • Bar and/or Liquid Soap
  • Toothpaste/Toothbrush
  • Shampoo/Conditioner
  • First Aid Kit
  • Hand/Body Lotion
  • Other: Canned goods/Boxed goods
  • Optional: Picture Frame (small)
  • Optional: Faux plant (small)

Current Special Requests

  • Bulletin Board (preferably large one)
  • Board & Card Games (adults)
  • Cribs
  • Flat Screen TVs
  • Lamps (Desk and Floor)
  • Small Rugs
  • Plants (Faux or Real)
  • Artwork (Community Types; Mostly People)
  • Large Picture Frames
  • Outdoor Round Tables/Chairs or Picnic Style
  • Microwaves
  • Kitchenware (Dishes, Pots/Pans, Eating and Cooking Utensils)
  • Blankets & Sheets
  • Towels
  • Utility Carts
  • 3-Ring Binders of All Sizes
  • Round Dining Tables
  • Fans (3-4 of any size)
  • BBQ Pit/Grill
  • Twin-Sized Blankets or Comforters (15 Needed)
  • Double-Door Commercial Freezer 
  • Storage Shed (e.g. Tuff Shed) 
  • Refrigerator 
  • Storage Unit in Berkeley and/or Oakland
  • Vehicles – Van, Car, and Truck
    The donation is 100% tax deductible, and BOSS will make arrangements for title transfer and pick up, etc.

To donate goods, please contact Gwen Austin at or 510.649.1930.

Click for our Special COVID-19 Requests Page

Donate Cash or Assets


Donate online above. Set up a recurring donation of any size or frequency! Donate general support or to a program!

By Mail 
1918 University Ave 2A, Berkeley, CA 94704.

By Paypal 
Email address

In Person
Drop off donations at the above address, M-F 9 am-5 pm.‘In honor of’ gifts: Ask folks to donate to BOSS in honor of a birthday, holiday, wedding, or bat/bar mitzvah! We will send special thank-you cards to all donors, and can provide brochures for your event.

Online Services

Select BOSS as your charity: 0.5% of your Amazon purchases will go to BOSS!

CleverGiver works with over 3000 brands automatically cashback rewards to nonprofits like BOSS.
Shopping mall and search engine with over 800 stores – designate BOSS as your chosen charity!

Shopping mall and search engine with over 1,500 stores.

eBay Giving Works:
Sell your stuff on eBay to benefit BOSS – designated BOSS as your chosen charity.

Stocks and Assets

BOSS has an account at Schwab (acct#5498-2633, DTC# 0164) so you can donate stock any time. 
Charitable Gift Transfer Form (LOA)

Long-Term and Planned Giving
Bequests, life insurance, retirement plans or charitable trusts with BOSS as beneficiary can provide legacy support for poor people in your name. If you have named BOSS in your will, we would love to share your story! Contact Sonja, Check our our Planned Giving flyer.

BART Tickets
Donate your tiny unused BART tickets to BOSS! Mail or drop off at: 1918 University Ave. #2A, Berkeley, CA 94704

Workplace Giving & Crowdfunding

Workplace Giving Federations
BOSS is a member of the Bay Area Black United Fund. If your workplace hosts other charitable federations, you can still write BOSS in as your donation recipient. BOSS is also Combined Federal Campaign-approved charity (CFC code 29959). Ask your employer if they have a gift matching program! If you would like a BOSS speaker to come to your workplace or group, please contact Sonja at (510) 649-1930 x 1008.

Dudek Making A Difference In Oakland (M.A.D. OAK) This year, Dudek’s Oakland office is raising funds for a local charity, Building Opportunities for Self-Sufficiency (BOSS), through this Crowdrise campaign in addition to an end-of-summer happy hour celebration & Petra Building mixer starting around 4 PM on September 26th at the Dudek Oakland office.

Donate Goods

BOSS welcomes donations of goods for the individuals and families in our programs. Below is a general list of goods we accept. Our needs fluctuate throughout the year and we have limited storage space, so please contact Gwen Austin at either (510) 649-1930 x 1001 or before making a donation.

  • Pajamas
  • Shoes and Socks (Men’s & Women’s) *new only please*
  • T-Shirts (Men’s & Women’s)
  • Work-Appropriate Clothing
  • Laptops and Computers *in working condition*
  • TVs (Flat Panel)
Linens and Household Goods
  • Around-the-House
    • Curtains and Blinds
    • Living Room Furniture
    • Waterproof Tarps
  • Bedroom *new or gently used*
    • Blankets
    • Comforters
    • Sleeping Bags 
  • Kitchen
    • Aprons
    • Dishes
    • Flatware (Forks, Spoons), Knives, & Other Utensils
    • Cups and Glasses
    • Kitchen Mats & Rugs
    • Pots, Pans, & Bakeware
    • Serving Dishes, Platters, Tongs, & Serving Spoons
    • Small Appliances
  • Towels
School, Office, and Art Supplies
  • Arts & Craft Supplies
  • Backpacks *new or gently used*
  • Office Supplies
    • Binders
    • Paper & Notepads
    • Pens
    • Etc


Toiletries *New and Unused*
  • Cleaning Supplies
  • Deodorant
  • Hair Brushes & Combs
  • Lotions
  • Shampoo & Conditioner
  • Soap
  • Razors
  • Toilet Paper
  • Toothbrushes & Toothpaste