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Donation FAQS

Frequently Asked Questions

Can’t find the answer you need? We’re here to help. To make a donation, please visit our Ways to Give page.
Contact our Donor Services staff at (858) 637-3300.

How can I make my donation?


To make a donation, please mail a check payable to Jewish Family Service to:

Jewish Family Service
Turk Family Center
8804 Balboa Avenue
San Diego, CA 92123


Credit Cards

Make a safe and secure online donation today by clicking here. Here you may make one-time, recurring, tribute, and designated gifts.

JFS accepts American Express, Discover, MasterCard, and Visa.

To make a credit card donation by telephone, please call (858) 637-3300.


On-Line Banking or Bill Pay 

Conveniently schedule donations through your bank’s online banking or Bill Pay website. To discontinue a scheduled bill pay that you’ve set up through your own bank, please contact your bank.


Donor-Advised Fund 

You can make a donation through your donor-advised fund by requesting a grant distribution to Jewish Family Service of San Diego. Learn more here.


Wire/Electronic Transfer

Please call the Development Office at (858) 637-3300 for wiring information to provide your bank.



You may be able to make your charitable dollars go further by donating appreciated securities, such as publicly traded stock, bonds, or mutual fund shares to Jewish Family Service. When you make a gift of appreciated securities you enjoy a double benefit: You receive a charitable tax deduction for the full fair market value and you pay no capital gains tax. Learn more here or contact us by phone at (858) 637-3300 or email [email protected].

To ensure that your gift is properly credited, you should always contact Jewish Family Service before you make the gift.


Recurring Gifts/Momentum Monthly Giving Program

By committing to just $5, $10, $18, or more a month, you can give a family the momentum to build a better life. To schedule a monthly gift, visit

For current monthly donors, you have convenient access to your recurring online giving account through our self-service Donor Portal, including the ability to view your gift history, and to modify gift date, gift amount, and billing information.

To access your account, you need a user account (username and password). To create an account or change your password:

  1. Click the Donor Portal link.
  2. Click the “Forgot Password?” link on the login page.
  3. Fill the “Forgot Password” form with your username and email address. Your username should be the email address you used on the donation form. If it isn’t, select “Forgot Username” and enter your email address.
  4. Click the link in the reset password email.
  5. Fill in the “Reset Password” form.
  6. Click the donor portal link in the autoresponder again.
  7. Fill the login page with their username and password.

How can I update my donor information or preferences?

Please contact Donor Services at (858) 637-3300, or fill out our contact form and let us know about any changes to your information and preferences on how we communicate with you.

How can I be sure my online donation is secure?

Jewish Family Service takes every precaution to protect our donor’s information, please refer to our privacy policy. The security and confidentiality of your information is our highest priority. We use industry-standard technology to protect your information and provide a safe and secure environment for online donations. We will not sell, trade or share your personal information with anyone else, nor send donor mailings on behalf of other organizations, and we will only share personal information if you have given us permission to do so.

Will I receive a tax receipt after I make my gift?

Yes. After making your online donation, you will receive an immediate confirmation and a thank you message. The Development Office will acknowledge your donation with a print letter containing tax information sent by mail as soon as possible. Please be sure to keep a copy of your donation letter as your official record.

Is my donation tax-deductible? What is Jewish Family Service non-profit tax ID number?

Jewish Family Service of San Diego is registered as a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization. Contributions to JFS are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. JFS’s tax identification number is 95-1644024.

What is Friends of the Family?

Friends of the Family are special donors who give $1,200 or more to JFS’s Annual Campaign. Friends of the Family share a deep commitment to strengthening San Diego. Together, they offer life-changing support to thousands of San Diegans who turn to JFS every year. As a Friend, you’ll receive special invitations to film screenings, hosted receptions, and educational panels offered exclusively to our Friends throughout the year.

Learn more about becoming a Friend of the Family by calling Sol Kempinski at (858) 637-3027 or [email protected].

What is an unrestricted gift?

An Unrestricted gift is a gift made by a donor with no limitations on how the gift is to be used. Unrestricted gifts allow Jewish Family Service to use your financial support to drive community impact by putting your dollars to use where they can make the greatest difference in clients’ lives.

Can I Allocate or Designate My Gift To A Specific Project/Program?

Jewish Family Service accepts funds given by a donor for a specific purpose or to support a particular program or department. JFS Development Staff can assist you in choosing programs and services that both meet your interests and meet JFS strategic priorities.

How can I make a tribute gift to honor or memorialize someone?

Donating in someone’s name is a meaningful way to celebrate a family member or friend, or remember a loved one. You can enter information in the tribute section of the donation form. You may also have JFS mail a card to the honoree or to the family of the person you are memorializing. Mailed cards may take up to five business days to arrive.

How do I take advantage of my company’s matching gift program?

Did you know that you can double your donation to JFS through our matching gift program? It’s easy to double or even triple your donation to JFS, giving your gift even greater impact at no additional cost to you.

See if your employer will match your donation >>

Our JFS online donation form will also provide a prompt to identify if your employer has a matching gift program.

Additionally, speak with your company’s human resource department or if questions regarding submitting a matching gift request to us, contact Steve Reitman at JFS (858) 637-3067 or [email protected]. Completed hard-copy employer matching gift forms can also be sent to:

Jewish Family Service – Turk Family Center
8804 Balboa Avenue
San Diego, CA 92123.

How do I include Jewish Family Service in my will or trust?

You can make a provision in your will or trust of cash, securities, or other personal property to benefit our many programs and services. For more information or to leave a legacy gift, call (858) 637-3217 or email Lacey Lee, Planned Giving Director, at [email protected]. Visit to learn how you can create a legacy today!

Can I contribute a gift-in-kind or a gift of my time and talents?

Absolutely! For more information about in-kind donations please contact [email protected] or (858) 637-3242. For more information about the volunteer process, please visit our Volunteer Engagement webpage or contact Volunteer Engagement at (858) 637-3050, [email protected].

Do you still accept furniture donations?

Unfortunately, we suspended our Furniture Donation Program in 2018. We greatly appreciate the time you invested in contacting us about your donations and apologize for the inconvenience. If you would like to connect to another charitable furniture donation program, we recommend the San Diego Rescue Mission, AMVETS, San Diego Habitat for Humanity, or The Salvation Army.