Support Serra Center

Serra Center is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, and your contributions may be tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.The generous gifts we receive from individuals, businesses, trusts and foundations are very important to Serra Center’s ability to provide the best possible support for the men and women we serve.

Cash Donations

What your gift can provide:

  • $25 = One month’s supply of a prescription medication not covered by Medi-Cal.
  • $50 = 6 weeks of Special Dance Class for an individual with Autism.
  • $75 = One month of utilities in one of our Residential Care Homes.
  • $250 = One week’s supply of groceries for a Residential Care Home.
  • $500 = One month of ILS Services for an individual requiring 15 hours of training.

Your gift in any amount is valued and greatly benefits the mission of Serra Center.

YOU can make a difference today!  Make a donation to support Serra Center.


escrip logoThrough eScrip, participating business partners contribute a percentage of your grocery loyalty cards, credit card, and debit/ATM card purchases to Serra Center. Imagine your every day expenditures for food, clothing, travel and entertainment, as well as miscellaneous family purchases directly benefiting Serra Center!  Even your extended family and friends who live in and out of town can participate.

Signing-up is fast and simple! Here’s how it works:

Go to Click on the Sign-up Link and enter the following information:

Group Name: Serra Center
Group ID#: 962082

  • Register any one or all of your existing grocery loyalty, debit and credit cards for use in the program.
  • Participating merchants will make contributions to your chosen group, based on purchases made by you, just by using the cards you have registered.
  • Your purchases are tracked and available to you online, allowing you to see just how much you are earning on Serra Center’s behalf!

Planned Giving

Remembering the men and women of Serra Center in your Will is a wonderful way to make a lasting gift for people with developmental disabilities. Many people who share a passion for the mission of Serra Center choose to make a lasting contribution by including Serra Center in their estate plans. There are three main ways you can benefit the men and women served by Serra Center through planned giving:

Bequest – A Bequest is a distribution from your estate to Serra Center specified in your Last Will and Testament. Your estate is the sum of all your assets, including property you own, the cash in your bank account, your retirement accounts, insurance policies and other items that make up your net worth.

There are four main types of bequests that can benefit the individuals served by Serra Center:

  • Unrestricted bequest is made by designating a dollar amount, a specific asset or a percentage of your estate to Serra Center for its general purposes.
  • Specific bequest is made when the money or property that is bequeathed to Serra Center is identified for a designated purpose.
  • Residuary bequest is a gift of whatever is left of your estate after you have provided for others. Its use at Serra Center can be unrestricted or specific.
  • Contingency bequest is a gift given in the event that your primary beneficiaries do not survive you. This can also be for unrestricted or specific uses.

Charitable Gift Annuity – A charitable gift annuity provides you, the donor, or your designated annuitant, with investment income during your lifetime. To set up a charitable gift annuity, you put an irrevocable gift into the annuity. The annuity pays a fixed amount of money each year for the lifetime of one or two individuals. The payout rate depends on the number of annuitants and their ages. After the annuitant’s lifetime, the remainder is transferred to Serra Center for general or designated purposes. You, the donor, receive a tax benefit in the year that you make the charitable gift annuity, as well as on the payments you receive.

Charitable Trust Remainder – A charitable remainder trust allows you to irrevocably transfer cash or property to a trustee and receive income from the trust for life or a specified term of years. At the end of the trust, the remainder is distributed to Serra Center and any other non-profit organization named as charitable beneficiary. There are two main types of Charitable Remainder Trusts: Charitable Remainder Annuity Trust and Charitable Remainder Unitrust.

The information provided on this website is general in nature and not intended to serve as legal, accounting or other professional advice. If you would like further information about planned giving and Serra Center, contact us at (510) 477-1000.

YOU can make a difference today!

Make a donation to support Serra Center.

Our Wish List

Individual Needs:

  • Craft supplies
  • Board Games
  • Tickets to local events (theater, music, sports)
  • Music CDs
  • DVD players
  • Movies – VHS or DVD

General Needs:

  • White copy paper
  • Postage stamps
  • Manila envelopes
  • Staples or Office Max Gift Cards
  • Wal-Mart or Target Gift Cards

Home Needs:

  • Furniture (new or nearly new)
  • Twin-sized beds
  • Vacuum Cleaners
  • Towels – bath & kitchen
  • Pots & Pans
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Silverware
  • Cleaning Supplies
  • Twin-sized bed linens, blankets and comforters
  • Bed pillows