Monetary Donations

100% of donations made by individuals goes directly toward educational mini-grants for the children and youth we serve. If you would like your donation to be used toward a specific program or project, please make a note on your check or in the “description” text box at the top of the online donation page.

Donate Online:

Tribute Donations:
If your gift is in memory/honor of someone, please note the name and address of the recipient in the “description” text box of the online donation page; this allows us to send a tribute acknowledgement. Alternatively, you may call our office at 412-562-0154 and let us know your online donation is a tribute, or send a check with a note.

Prefer to send a check?
Please make check payments out to “Homeless Children’s Education Fund” and send them to our office:

Homeless Children’s Education Fund
One Hope Square
1901 Centre Ave, Ste 301
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

In-Kind Donations

HCEF cannot do what it does without support from generous community members!  Are you looking to donate in-kind items?  Or organize an office or classroom school supply drive?  Take a look at our donation guidelines to see what items we are looking for.

Keep in mind that HCEF’s focus is on education.  If you have a donation that does not fit the categories listed in our donation guidelines, contact us for determination on a case-by-case basis. Please also call ahead to schedule a drop-off time at our office in the Strip District. For items outside of HCEF’s educational mission, see our community referral chart.

NOTE: All items must be NEW condition.  

Planned Giving

Charitable Giving & Estate Planning: Support the work of the Homeless Children’s Education Fund while meeting your own financial and charitable goals. Gifts can help avoid or reduce capital gains and estate taxes; provide annual income for you or a beneficiary while preserving the principal assets for HCEF; involve property or insurance; or be deferred as part of a will or living trust. Below are some of the many options available. Let us help you through your generosity to HCEF.

  • Outright Gifts & Appreciated Securities: A gift of cash is fully tax-deductible up to 50% of your adjusted gross income. Gifts of long-term, appreciated securities held for over one year are exempt from capital gains taxes and tax-deductible for the market value of the donated securities at the time of transfer for up to 30% of your adjusted gross income. Any deductible excess of cash or appreciated securities gifts above the adjusted gross income maximum can be carried forward for up to five additional years.
  • Life Income Gifts: You can make a gift to HCEF and receive direct financial benefits; an income for life for yourself, your spouse, and/or your children; and a charitable income tax deduction. Capital gains taxes can also be reduced or avoided when using long-term appreciated securities to fund the annuity or trust.
  • Gifts Through Your Will: Making a gift through your will or “living trust” could be the most realistic way to provide a substantial contribution to HCEF and obtain major benefits for yourself and your estate. A gift through your estate may reduce or even eliminate federal estate taxes. Most states provide estate or inheritance tax benefits for gifts through an estate to non-profit organizations such as HCEF.
  • Gifts of Life Insurance: You can name HCEF as a primary, secondary, final, or remainder beneficiary of your current policy. You can also assign your yearly dividends to HCEF. You can give a fully paid policy or one on which you are still paying premiums, or obtain a new policy.

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