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Ways to Give

There are many ways you can support our work and make a real impact in the movement for racial justice. 

See below for a handy list of donation methods, and please always feel welcome to contact our Development Manager, Jennifer Ho, with any questions about giving: jho@catalystcalifornia.org or (213) 406-9147. 

Important note: As of September 2022, Catalyst California (formerly Advancement Project California) and Advancement Project (formerly Advancement Project National Office) are two separate and distinct organizations.  

Catalyst California is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization; charitable gifts and grants are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. While our organization name has changed, Catalyst California’s EIN (Tax ID) remains the same as it was prior to the name change and Advancement Project separation: 95-4835230. 

You can make a convenient and secure online donation here with your credit or debit card. Please consider making it a monthly or quarterly recurring donation to increase your impact and support our work year-round.

You can also pay by card over the phone by calling Development Associate Kirsten Lew at (213) 406-9129.

Checks can be made payable to “Catalyst California”. In light of recent delays and issues with USPS mail forwarding, please mail your check to our temporary PO Box (rather than to our office address on Sunset Blvd): 

Catalyst California 
c/o Development Department 
PO Box 39347 
Los Angeles, CA 90039 

Did you recently cut us a check before our new name was announced? Not to worry – we are currently still able to cash checks made payable to “Advancement Project” as well.

We gladly accept cash donations by wire transfer. Please contact Development Associate Kirsten Lew at KLew@catalystcalifornia.org for our banking information, which has changed since our rebranding. 

Workplace giving is an easy, efficient, and powerful way for you to maximize the impact of your donations by initiating a match from your employer. Different companies match their employees’ gifts at varying ratios, be it 1:1, 2:1, or sometimes even 3:1. That means your $50 gift could end up amounting to up to $200 in support of our racial and economic justice initiatives!

Some employers manually process their match requests internally, while others use specialized online platforms like Benevity and YourCause to manage their workplace giving programs. You can use the embedded search tool below to instantly find whether your employer has a workplace giving program in place, and if so, how it works.

Don’t see your employer in the search results? Consider petitioning your HR department to implement a workplace giving program!

Please note: Some platforms are taking longer than others to reflect our new name. When designating us as the organization you would like to support with your workplace giving, please make your selection based on our EIN (Tax ID): 95-4835230. Even if the organization name still shows up as “Advancement Project” rather than Catalyst California, so long as you select our EIN, rest assured your gift will make its way to us.

We gladly accept gifts through donor-advised funds (DAFs). Please work with your DAF administrator to recommend Catalyst California (EIN 95-4835230) for a grant; while you are welcome to make the recommendation anonymously, we do hope you’ll include your name so we know who to thank! 

If you recently recommended us for a DAF grant prior to the announcement of our name change, please contact Development Manager Jennifer Ho at JHo@catalystcalifornia.org. We will work with you, the DAF administrator, and Advancement Project (formerly Advancement Project National Office) to ensure your gift is routed correctly to Catalyst California (formerly Advancement Project California).

Donating long-term appreciating stocks, bonds, and mutual funds is easier than you might expect and could significantly increase your gift and tax deduction.

To get started, please notify us of your intention to donate stock by completing this form and submitting it to Jennifer Ho at JHo@catalystcalifornia.org. Jennifer will then provide our stock transfer and broker information to be shared with your broker. Please ask your broker to include your name with the transfer.

Once the transfer is complete, Catalyst California will sell the stock and send a donor tax receipt using the contact information you provide in your submitted form.

Note to existing stock donors: Our broker information remains the same as it was prior to our name change.

AmazonSmile is operated by Amazon and has all the same products, prices, and shopping features as Amazon.com. The only difference is that when you shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of your purchase price to your charitable organization of choice at no additional cost to you.

To designate us as your organization of choice, simply follow this link or click the banner below and log in using your existing Amazon account credentials. AmazonSmile will then automatically save Catalyst California as the organization you choose to support. Be sure to bookmark the page for convenient access, then do all your future shopping through smile.amazon.com instead of the regular Amazon site.

It’s that easy! You’ll feel great about those online shopping sprees, knowing that a portion of your purchase price is supporting California’s low-income communities of color.

You can extend your support and make a lasting impact in the lives of California’s low-income communities of color by making a gift of cash or other property by will. You’ll establish a legacy of racial justice advocacy in your family, and since bequests are exempt from federal estate taxes, the estate tax charitable deduction may offset or eliminate estate taxes, resulting in a larger inheritance for your heirs.

You should consult with your attorney if you are interested in including Catalyst California in your estate plans, but below is some sample language to help you and your attorney get started:

“I give and bequeath the sum of ___________ dollars {OR _____ percent of my estate OR the remainder of my estate} to Catalyst’s California office, a nonprofit corporation located at 1910 West Sunset Boulevard, Suite 500, Los Angeles, CA 90026, Federal Tax ID 95-4835230, for the organization’s general use.”

If you have included a bequest for Catalyst California in your estate plans, please let us know at (213) 406-9147 or jho@catalystcalifornia.org so we can thank you for your generosity.