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.
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
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.
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.