How to Donate


Neighbors Helping Neighbors

Sunnyvale Community Services receives support from a variety of sources, including government grants, corporate donations, foundation grants, and individuals throughout Santa Clara County who want to help make a difference for their neighbors in need.

Your donation will make a significant difference in the life of someone who is facing urgent need for financial assistance or food aid.

Our Need Today

Because of the Coronavirus outbreak, many people are losing work hours and struggling to make ends meet. We anticipate many people will be coming to our doors for the first time.

Your monetary donation will make a tremendous impact. 


Important 2020 Tax Changes

With the recent passage of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), there are a few provisions that are coming to light that are worthy of note.

The CARES Act has created a new above-the-line $300 total charitable contribution deduction for all taxpayers for cash contributions made in 2020; the $300 deduction applies to both individual and married couples filing jointly. For those who itemize deductions, the current cap on annual contributions has been raised to 100 percent of adjusted gross income for 2020 contributions.

If you are 72 or older and required by law to take minimum distributions from your IRA, SIMPLE IRA, SEP IRA or 401(k) or similar retirement plan, the Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) has been suspended for 2020. You can still make a qualified charitable distribution by having a retirement plan withdrawal transferred directly to Sunnyvale Community Services.

As with all tax matters, we recommend you consult with your professional advisor to understand how these changes may apply to your circumstances and annual financial planning.

Financial Support

Your financial contribution to Sunnyvale Community Services is fully tax-deductible and can be made by check, online, or in the form of stock.

Join us in our work to prevent homelessness and hunger by establishing a recurring monthly or quarterly donation when you make your gift online.

Sunnyvale Community Services, 725 Kifer Road, Sunnyvale, CA 94086

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Stock Donation

Food Aid & In-Kind Donations

Coronavirus Prevention Update: We are currently suspending food or in-kind donations to reduce the spread of disease; Second Harvest of Silicon Valley will maintain our client food supply.

Planned Giving: Leave a Bequest

From the beginning, we have worked to create the belief that tomorrow will better. Your gift will be a stepping stone to a better future, for both the agency and for the clients we serve.

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Amazon Smile: Donate to SCS without spending an extra dime!

AmazonSmile lets you shop on Amazon as you normally do, and gives 0.5% of every qualifying purchase to SCS. No extra expense to you, but a welcome contribution to us! The only requirements are that you have an Amazon account, that you do your shopping at, and that you nominate us as your chosen charity.

Donate in just 3 easy steps!

  1. Go to and sign in using your normal Amazon account.
  2. Type Sunnyvale Community Services in the charitable organization search box; select us.
  3. Do your shopping and Amazon will automatically donate to SCS. To make it easier, bookmark for quick and easy access!

Donate a Car

If it’s time to replace an older car, or if you have a boat and trailer that are just taking up space in the garage, Donate For Charity arranges a free vehicle pickup, handles all the DMV issues, sells the vehicle at auction, and distributes the net proceeds to Sunnyvale Community Services.

You’ll avoid the headache of selling a used vehicle and receive a receipt entitling you to a tax deduction. When you’re ready to donate, simply call Donate For Charity toll-free at (866) 392-4483 or complete their online donation form.

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725 Kifer Road, Sunnyvale, CA 94086
Main: 408.738.4321


Monday - Friday
9:00 AM - 11:30 AM  |  12:30 - 4:00 PM


Monday - Friday
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM | 12:30 - 5:00 PM

TAX ID 94-1713897

Donations are accepted at the side door in our parking lot.

Important: Please note that we do not accept used items, or packaged food donations that are opened or past their expiration date. Thank you!

Donor Privacy Policy

Sunnyvale Community Services will not sell, trade or share a donor’s personal information with anyone else, nor send donor mailings on behalf of other organizations. In our twice-annual newsletter, we list names only of donors giving $1,000 or more annually, and we honor all donor requests for donations to be anonymous.