Ways to Give

Donate to SLO CASA

give online

Your gift makes a difference in the life of a child!

One-time & corporate donations or a membership will help recruit, train and support volunteers to advocate for children who have experienced abuse or neglect.

Every donation gives an abused or neglected child a powerful voice in court, at school and in the community.

CASA of San Luis Obispo was established to recruit, train and supervise volunteer advocates — everyday citizens who judges appoint to advocate for the safety and well-being of children who have been removed from their homes due to parental abuse and neglect. If you would like to support the work of CASAs, please consider making a tax deductible contribution online.

by mail

Send your tax-deductible check or money order to:
CASA, P.O. Box 1168, San Luis Obispo, CA 93406

IRA Charitable Donations
If you are 70 ½, retired, and have an IRA (SIMPLE or SEP) from which you are legally required to make a minimum withdrawal each year, that required withdrawal is a taxable event – EXCEPT when all or part of that withdrawal is donated to a qualified charity. Currently, this is a temporary tax provision available through 2014. A new bill is being brought to the Senate to make the provision a permanent tax law, but, as with all legislation, it’s uncertain if the bill will pass. Consult with your tax advisor for details.

In-Kind Donations

Donate an auction item for one of our events. The entire amount of your contribution is tax-deductible to the full extent otherwise allowed by law.

Donate Your Old Car

We work McCarthy’s Wholesale, a local car dealership in San Luis Obispo. By donating your used vehicle to CASA, you are helping to provide abused children in our community with trained volunteers dedicated to advocating for the best interests of the children they are assigned.

Please call us at (805) 541-6542 if you would like to donate a vehicle. We are able to accept most passenger cars, trucks, and RV’s (including inoperable vehicles) as well as some trailers.

Corporate Sponsor

Contact our office to learn more about CASA’s Corporate Sponsor Program

Current CASA Sponsors

When You Shop

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support CASA of SLO County every time you shop. 0.5% of your purchase price will be donated to us!

Attention Ralphs Shoppers! Ralphs offers a percentage to nonprofit organizations. Follow the steps below to register your Ralphs card to support CASA of SLO County:
  • Register online at
  • www.ralphs.com
  • Under “Community” select “Community Rewards”
  • Follow the instructions
  • CASA’s NPO # is MT337
  • PLANNED GIVING

    As a SLO CASA supporter, you understand the crucial advocacy SLO CASA provides to at-risk children placed in our community’s juvenile dependency court system. You can create a lasting legacy of hope for these children through a planned gift to SLO CASA, helping to ensure this important work continues for years to come, while also receiving significant tax and other benefits.
    What is a planned gift? Simply put, a planned gift is any gift, made in lifetime or at death, as part of a donor’s overall financial and/or estate planning.

      • Bequests Through Future Estate Planning Documents – Including SLO CASA in your
        will and/or living trust can be an easy and financially responsible way to make a
        legacy gift that may not be possible during your lifetime. Planned gifts can also have
        significant benefits for donors and their heirs. Bequests may be in any amount and
        may be designated by you for a specific purpose or unrestricted to SLO CASA. In
        addition to monetary donations, giving through your will or living trust can can also
        take the form of real estate or tangible personal property. If you are considering
        making a gift by bequest, please first discuss this and other giving methods with
        your attorney, accountant, or other financial advisor. Then, if appropriate, update
        your testamentary documents to reflect your planned contribution.To add SLO CASA as a beneficiary, your attorney might simply draft a codicil – an
        addendum to your will or trust – with the following suggested language that you can
        ask your attorney to review:

        “I give and bequeath to Court Appointed Special Advocates of San Luis Obispo
        County, tax identification number 77-0316227, located in San Luis Obispo,
        California, _____% or $_______ of my estate.”

      • Gifting Retirement Funds – You can have a positive impact on children’s lives far into
        the future by naming SLO CASA as primary or contingent beneficiary of an IRA,
        401(k), 403(b), or other retirement account. Also, since Congress passed a tax bill
        that permanently extends the Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD) provision,
        people over age 70½ may transfer up to $100,000 from their IRA to charity allowing
        it to count as their required minimum distribution without increasing their adjusted
        gross income. Again, if you are considering such a planned gift, please consult your
        attorney, accountant, or other financial advisor regarding considerations before
        making such a gift.
      • Gifting Insurance Policies – Life insurance may be used to create a legacy by naming
        SLO CASA as beneficiary or contingent beneficiary of the policy. This requires you to
        complete a change of beneficiary form with your insurance company.
      • Donor Advised Funds – This form makes it simple to give through some of the larger
        Donor Advised Funds. If your fund is not shown, simply provide your Fund
        administrator with our federal tax ID number, 77-0316227, our address (in the
        footer of this page) and the amount you’d like to contribute. Please consult your
        attorney, accountant, or other financial advisor prior to making this type of gift.
      • Securities (Stocks, Bonds, Mutual Funds) – SLO CASA is additionally able to accept
        gifts of stocks, bonds, and mutual funds. A gift of appreciated securities held for
        more than one year may bring significant benefits for you and may entitle you to a
        charitable income tax deduction for up to the full market value of the donated
        securities as of the gift date and potentially eliminate gains tax. Consult with your
        attorney and/or tax advisor.
    • Other Options – Such options include outright gifts of appreciated property
      (securities or real estate), charitable lead trusts, charitable remainder trusts, or gifts
      of/from a pooled income fund or annuity.Thank you for considering a planned gift to SLO CASA. Your attorney, accountant or
      financial advisor can provide advice regarding which option best fits your individual financial
      situation and meets your philanthropic objectives.

      For more information about planned giving opportunities, please contact Emilie Elliott at
      eelliott@carnaclaw.com or Brian O’Neill at brian@danieljoneill.com

    We are grateful for our sponsors’ & volunteers’ generosity and the relationships we have developed over the years

    "I volunteer at because
    I care about kids".

    "I volunteer because I want to make a difference in a child's life".

    "I volunteer because I intend to make a difference".