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.
Do you have a truck with extended cab or box truck you can donate to BOSS? Or a lead on someone who might have a truck to donate? The donation is 100% tax deductible, and BOSS will make arrangements for title transfer and pick up, etc. To donate, contact Gwen Austin at email@example.com or 510.649.1930. Thank you!!
Work appropriate clothing for our Career Training and Employment Center (CTEC): men’s collared shirts, women’s blouses, women’s bottoms (slacks/skirts), and construction wear (boots, tops, bottoms).
Items for Hope Reentry – New housing for citizens returning from incarceration in East Oakland! Large floor rugs, paintings/pictures of community or political movements, water cooler, tall fans, outdoor table/chairs/umbrella
5×5 partitions for South County Homeless Project, our shelter in Hayward for the mentally ill
A television for Casa Maria – interim housing in Oakland for homeless people with severe and persistent mental illness. Casa also needs carpeting, pleather dinner chairs, leather sofa, and dishes!
Furniture for multiple programs: Leather couches, wooden Chairs or benches, beds all sizes, and area rugs.
Restaurant quality pots/pans (stainless steel), kitchen rugs, aprons, serving spoons, tongs, platters, and bowls for our Ursula Sherman Village shelter/housing program in Berkeley!
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.
Leave BOSS in your will! All you need is our name, address (1918 University Ave. #2A, Berkeley, CA 94704) and tax ID# (51-0173390).
Leave a legacy of life-changing support. There are many other vehicles for legacy gifts that will help changes lives even after you are gone. Download the BOSS planned giving flyer!
PBS Visionaries film project: Help share BOSS’s work fighting mass homelessness, mass incarceration and community violence with a documentary to air nationally on PBS! Donate to our GoFundMe page here and SHARE the link!
Rising Stars: Donate to scholarships for homeless and low-income youth that are awarded annually at our Rising Stars Youth Leadership Gala!
Stocks & goods
NO DROP-OFFS: We are so grateful for your donations, but we don’t have space or need for all items. Please don’t drop items off at BOSS sites – we screen donations before accepting: contact Gwen at 510.649.1930 x1001, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Long-term 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, email@example.com.
Cars: Volunteers of America accepts donated cars for BOSS: 1-800-559-5458.They will pick up the car, process the sale and paperwork, and send a contribution to BOSS.
BART tickets: Donate your tiny unused BART tickets to BOSS! Mail or drop off at: 1918 University Ave. #2A, Berkeley, CA 94704.
Collections: Collect toiletries, towels, linens, and other needed items with your school, office, group, or club. To donate in-kind goods, contact Gwen at (510) 649-1930 x 1001.
AmazonSmile: Select BOSS as your charity: 0.5% of your Amazon purchases will go to BOSS!
iGive.com: Shopping mall and search engine with over 800 stores – designate BOSS as your chosen charity!
eBay Giving Works: Sell your stuff on eBay to benefit BOSS – designated BOSS as your chosen charity.
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.
BOSS Art Cards
Over the years homeless children in BOSS housing have made beautiful art while working in our after-school Children’s Learning Center. Blank cards with some of this artwork is available for purchase – a pack of 10 cards for $10 (including envelopes). The art in each pack is randomly mixed.
Funds raised through card sales support the Children’s Learning Center – Thank you!