Support Us: Donate to Grey Bears

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Your donation today will help us deliver 3 million pounds of healthy food and serve 36,000 hot meals to thousands of Santa Cruz County seniors this year.

Grey Bears is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, FEIN#: 94-2298681, and has received a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator.

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Mail a check or donate in person

Donations are also always appreciated in person at our main Chanticleer office, Monday – Friday, 8am – 3:30pm, or by calling 831-479-1055 ext. 221.
Grey Bears
2710 Chanticleer Ave
Santa Cruz CA 95065

Grey Bears has received a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator

Food donations & gleaning

The Grey Bears Glean Team will happily pick produce or fruit from your farm, garden or orchard. We also gratefully accept donations of your garden produce and non-perishable food items. Contact Danielle to learn more, danielle@greybears.org, 831-479-1055 ext. 227.

Estate and tangible donations

Donations of tangible items clothing, furniture, housewares, books, electronics, medical supplies, hardware, tools and more are accepted everyday, Mon-Sun, 7:30am-2pm. Donations of recycling materials (cardboard, beverage containers, metal and more) plus computers, appliances, electronics, TVs, audio-video gear, etc. working or not are accepted every day from 7:30am-3:30pm at our Chanticleer recycling center. Receipts provided for tax deduction purposes. Email Tina Forest for more information or call 831-479-1055, ext 235.

Donate your vehicle

We gratefully accept your donated car, RV, trailer, 5th Wheel, motorcycle, bike, electric scooter, boat and vehicles. Please contact Tina Forest, 831-479-1055 ext 235, tina@greybears.org.

Sponsor our Annual Event Dinners

A great opportunity for individuals and businesses to support our harvest picnic and holiday gala. Contact Mary Buck for more information, 831-479-1055 ext 241, mary@greybears.org.

Other giving options

We accept planned giving (click here for information and language to add Grey Bears to your will or trust), corporate matching gifts, honorary and memorial gifts, stocks, endowment gifts, corporate sponsorship, challenge gifts and grants. Qualified Charitable Distributions are a great way to support Grey Bears.

If you are over 70.5 years old or turning 72 years old this year you are required to take a minimum distribution from your IRA, a Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD) will allow you to avoid paying income tax on the distribution and donating if to Grey Bears.

  • A QCD is a direct transfer of funds from an Individual Retirement Account to a qualified charity.
  • Amounts distributed as a QCD can be counted towards satisfying your required minimum distribution (RMD) for the year up to a maximum of $100,000.
  • The account types eligible for QCDs are Traditional IRA’s , Inherited IRA’s, SEP IRA’s (inactive plans only), Simple IRA’s (inactive plans only). Click here for more information or call 831-479-1055 ext 224.

Give time

Click here to find out the many ways you can make a difference by volunteering at Grey Bears, email Rosie or call 831-479-1055 ext. 226.

Give services and equipment

Grey Bears accepts gifts of services (professional services, plumbing, electrical, carpentry, etc.), equipment, electronic and print media, land, homes and other assets. Please contact Mary Buck at 831-479-1055 ext. 241, mary@greybears.org.


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