Donating to Code for America

Frequently Asked Questions

About Code for America

Code for America is a passionate, mission-driven civic tech nonprofit organization that believes government at all levels can and should work well for everyone. We use insights and ideas from real people to guide us to real solutions that break down barriers to meet community needs and improve government in meaningful ways. Read more about our ideas, our programs, and our vast network of volunteers.

At Code for America, we have been working for more than a decade with community organizations and government to build digital tools and services using principles and practices of the digital age to help improve how government serves the public. We also work to change policies and create a human-centered government that works for the people, by the people. And our vast network of volunteers, technologists, and advocates work to break down barriers and help people access services. We are committed to improving government service delivery in the criminal legal system, social safety net realm, and tax benefits.

Yes, Code for America is a 501 (c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit organization. You can view our Charity Navigator profile here and our Guidestar profile here.

No. Code for America is a nonpartisan organization. Our mission garners support from both sides of the aisle, and we are trusted by representatives and governments of both major political parties.

We’re supported by generous individual donors, institutional funders, and governments. Read more about our supporters here.

General Donation Questions

Donations to Code for America help us build a government that works well for all people. We all do better when communities across the country have what they need to thrive. We’re working shoulder to shoulder with community organizations to leverage technology, to organize, and to build partnerships that help families find food, expunge criminal records, increase access to public data, and so much more. Your donations help make this work possible.

Yes. As a nonprofit organization, Code for America is required to disclose all financial information, which you can find here. We also publish our progress each year in our annual Impact Report. You can read reports from the past three years here.

Code for America accepts gifts of grants, cash, check, stock, donor-advised funds, IRA charitable rollovers, in-kind donations, and more. Monetary donations can be made online or via a check sent to 972 Mission St, 5th floor, San Francisco, CA 94103. You can also donate your time through one of our 80+ local Brigade volunteer chapters. Find your local chapter here. If you have any questions about how to give or get involved, please email us at giving@codeforamerica.org or call us at (415) 320-6055 and we would be happy to help.

Yes, all donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of U.S. law.

Possibly! Many companies offer matching gift programs. Find out if yours does here.

If you make a gift using our online portal, your receipt will be sent to the email address you provide during check out. If you did not make an online donation, we will send your receipt to the address provided or listed on your check. If you can’t find your receipt, we can resend it. Please contact giving@codeforamerica.org or call us at (415) 320-6055 and we would be happy to help.

Yes! Just select monthly or annual when you go to make your online donation.

Yes. We partner with Donorbox to ensure all online donations are secure. Donorbox is PCI compliant and secured by SSL/TLS encryption. We tokenize all card and bank details and don’t store any data. We also comply with the SCA requirement of European PSD2 regulations.

Absolutely. When you make your online donation, just select “Dedicate my donation in honor or in memory of someone” and enter their information in the fields provided.

You can mail your gift to our office at 972 Mission St, 5th floor, San Francisco, CA 94103.

Yes. Please use the following information to complete a wire transfer gift:

  • Bank Name: Mechanics Bank
  • Branch Name: Berkeley
  • Address: 2301 Shattuck Ave. Berkeley, CA 94703
  • Branch Phone: (510) 647-0720
  • Bank routing #: 121-102-036
  • Checking account #: 041300300
  • SWIFT code: MEBKUS66

Once the wire transfer is initiated, please email giving@codeforamerica.org with the donor name, email, address, and date of transfer so that we can identify and acknowledge your gift promptly.

Absolutely! You can still support us by volunteering, attending one of our webinars or workshops, or by spreading the word about our mission to your friends, family and network. Volunteers are a critical part of the Code for America Network. Code for America Brigades are at work in over 80 cities, standing shoulder to shoulder with communities and local governments to solve pressing problems. Find your local chapter here. To stay up to date on all Code for America events and happenings, join our mailing list.

Code for America accepts gifts through Donor-Advised Funds. DAFs allow donors to make a charitable contribution, receive a tax deduction at the time the gift is made, and then recommend gifts from that fund over time. If your DAF is set up through Fidelity Charitable, Schwab Charitable, or BNY Mellon, you may use DAF Direct to make your contribution. If you have any questions about supporting Code for America through a DAF, please contact a member of the Development team at giving@codeforamerica.org or (415) 320-6055.

Code for America stock information: TD Ameritrade / Account #864870092 / DTC Code 0188

Code for America accepts gifts of stocks and securities that have appreciated in value. This type of gift is a simple and popular way for donors to access significant tax benefits while supporting our mission. If you would like to make a gift of stock, please email giving@codeforamerica.org when the transfer is initiated with the following details, so we can promptly identify and acknowledge your gift:

  • Donor name, email, address
  • Date of transfer
  • Stock name
  • Number of shares

Code for America accepts IRA charitable contributions. If you are 70½ years or older you can make a tax-free gift to Code for America directly from your IRA. You may contribute up to $100,000 without incurring income tax on your withdrawal to a qualified nonprofit, such as Code for America, each year. In addition, your gift also counts toward your Required Minimum Distribution.

If the donor name and address for acknowledgment purposes is not included with the gift, please contact us at giving@codeforamerica.org so we know to expect your gift.

Please make checks payable to “Code for America” and mail to 972 Mission St, 5th floor, San Francisco, CA 94103.

There are a few ways you can make a legacy gift that will help Code for America make long-term sustainable impact:

  • Bequests: Include Code for America in your will or trust.
  • Life Insurance and Retirement Plans: You can designate Code for America as a full or partial beneficiary of your policies and accounts.

If you would like to make a planned gift, please email giving@codeforamerica.org so we can identify and acknowledge your gift.

Corporate Partners

Code for America accepts grants, cash, in-kind, employee matching, and stock gifts from corporations that are aligned with our mission and values. Please call (415) 320-6055 or email giving@codeforamerica.org with your company name and contact information, and we will reach out to get started.

Code for America welcomes corporate sponsorships of our events, and you can find upcoming events available for sponsorship on our Events page. For sponsorship requests, please email giving@codeforamerica.org or call (415) 320-6055 and we will be in touch to get started.

Have Another Question?

We are happy to work with philanthropic advisors. Please contact a member of the Development team at (415) 320-6055 or giving@codeforamerica.org to get started.

Code for America always welcomes working with foundations in support of our mission. Please contact a member of the Development team at (415) 320-6055 or giving@codeforamerica.org to get started.

Don’t see your question here? 

Contact a member of the Development team at (415) 320-6055 or giving@codeforamerica.org and we’ll be happy to answer your questions about Code for America and how to support our mission.