Voluntary contribution funds Individual voluntary contributions
Current voluntary contribution funds
Current fund descriptions
Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementia Voluntary Tax Contribution Fund
Contributions will provide grants to California scientists who study Alzheimer's disease and related disorders.
This research includes basic:
- Behavioral problems
- Care giving
With 600,000 Californians living with the disease and another 2 million providing care to a loved one with Alzheimer's, our state is in the early stages of a major public health crisis. Your contribution will ensure that Alzheimer's disease receives the attention, research, and resources it deserves.
Visit California Department of Public Health for more information.
California Breast Cancer Research Voluntary Tax Contribution Fund
Contributions support unique breast cancer research - new approaches to prevent and cure the disease other agencies might be reluctant to support. These donations fund scientifically rigorous research guided by the needs and voices of California communities. Administered by the University of California, the California Breast Cancer Program must, by law, use 95% of all contributions for research and education. Contribute today.
Visit California Breast Cancer Research Program for more information.
California Cancer Research Voluntary Tax Contribution Fund
Contributions will be used to conduct research relating to the causes, detection, and prevention of cancer and to expand community-based education on cancer, and to provide prevention and awareness activities for communities that are disproportionately at risk or afflicted by cancer.
Visit California Cancer Research Fund for more information.
California Domestic Violence Victims Fund
Contributions will be used for the distribution of funds to active grant recipients under the Comprehensive Statewide Domestic Violence Program within the Office of Emergency Services.
California Firefighters' Memorial Fund
Contributions will be used for the repair and maintenance of the California Firefighters' Memorial on the grounds of the State Capitol, ceremonies to honor the memory of fallen firefighters and to assist surviving loved ones, and for an informational guide detailing survivor benefits to assist the spouses and children of fallen firefighters.
Visit California Fire Foundation for more information.
California Peace Officer Memorial Foundation Fund
Contributions will be used to preserve the memory of California's fallen peace officers and assist the families they left behind.
Since statehood, over 1,300 courageous California peace officers have made the ultimate sacrifice while protecting law-abiding citizens. The non-profit charitable organization, California Peace Officers' Memorial Foundation, has accepted the privilege and responsibility of maintaining a memorial for fallen officers on the State Capitol grounds.
Each May, the Memorial Foundation conducts a dignified ceremony honoring fallen officers and their surviving families by offering moral support, crisis counseling, and financial support that includes academic scholarships for the children of those officers who have made the supreme sacrifice.
California Sea Otter Fund
The California Coastal Conservancy and the Department of Fish and Wildlife will each be allocated 50% of the contributions.
The California Coastal Conservancy will use the contributions for research and programs related to the near-shore ecosystem, including sea otters. The Department of Fish and Wildlife will use the contributions to establish a sea otter fund within the department's index coding system for increased investigation, prevention, and enforcement action.
California Senior Citizen Advocacy Voluntary Tax Contribution Fund
Contributions will be used to conduct the sessions of the California Senior Legislature and to support its ongoing activities on behalf of older persons.
California Seniors Special Fund
If you and/or your spouse are 65 years of age or older as of January 1, 2019, and claim the Senior Exemption Credit, you may make a combined total contribution of up to $236 or $118 per spouse/RDP.
Contributions made to this fund will be distributed to the Area Agency of Aging Councils (TACC) to provide advice on and sponsorship of Senior Citizens issues. Any excess contributions not required by TACC will be distributed to senior citizen service organizations throughout California for meals, adult day care, and transportation.
Caution: Only taxpayers or spouses who claim the senior exemption credit on their California return may contribute to the Senior Special Fund. The contribution amount must not exceed the amount of the senior exemption credit. See table below:
|Senior Special Fund||2018||2017||2016||2015||2014|
|Taxpayer (65 years or older)||$118||$114||$111||$109||$108|
|Taxpayer and Spouse (65 years or older)||$236||$228||$222||$218||$216|
Visit the California Commission on Aging for more information.
California YMCA Youth and Government Voluntary Tax Contribution Fund
Contributions will be used to support civic education programs operated by the YMCA Youth and Government Program, the African American Leaders for Tomorrow Program, the Asian Pacific Youth Leadership Project, and the Chicano Latino Youth Leadership Project.
Emergency Food for Families Voluntary Tax Contribution Fund
Contributions will be used to help local food banks feed California's hungry.
Your contribution will fund the purchase of much-needed food for delivery to food banks, pantries, and soup kitchens throughout the state. The State Department of Social Services will monitor its distribution to ensure the food is given to those most in need.
Visit the State Department of Social Services for more information.
Habitat for Humanity Voluntary Tax Contribution Fund
Contributions will be used for disbursement to the Habitat for Humanity of California, Inc. to build affordable housing in California.
Keep Arts in Schools Voluntary Tax Contribution Fund
Contributions will be used by the Arts Council for the allocation of grants to individuals or organizations administering arts programs for children in preschool through 12th grade.
Visit the California Arts Council for more information.
Native California Wildlife Rehabilitation Voluntary Tax Contribution Fund
Contributions will be used to support the recovery and rehabilitation of injured, sick, or orphaned native wildlife, and conservation education.
National Alliance on Mental Illness California Voluntary Tax Contribution Fund
Contributions will be used to fund the Crisis Intervention Team Program that trains peace officers to assist, and engage safely with persons living with mental illness.
Organ and Tissue Donor Registry Voluntary Tax Contribution Fund
Contributions will be used for the distribution of funds to the Donate Life California Organ and Tissue Registrar, for its ongoing activities to maintain the Donate Life California Organ and Tissue Donor Registry.
Prevention of Animal Homelessness and Cruelty Fund
Contributions will be used to provide funding to programs designed to prevent and eliminate animal homelessness and cruelty, research that explores novel approaches to preventing and eliminating pet homelessness and the prevention, investigation, and prosecution of animal cruelty and neglect.
Visit the State Humane Association of California for more information.
Protect Our Coast and Oceans Voluntary Tax Contribution Fund
The coast is more than a place; it’s part of who we are as Californians. This fund helps protect, conserve, restore, and enhance the California coast and ocean for the benefit of current and future generations.
Your contribution will provide grants to:
- Clean up shorelines
- Restore habitats
- Bring under served kids to the coast (some for the first time)
- Promote access to the coast
- Invest in the long-term protection of our coast and ocean
Rape Kit Backlog Voluntary Tax Contribution Fund
Contributions will be used for DNA testing in the processing of rape kits.
Rare and Endangered Species Preservation Voluntary Tax Contribution Program
Contributions will be used to help protect and conserve California's many threatened and endangered species and the wild land that they need to survive, for the enjoyment and benefit of you and future generations of Californians.
Visit the California Department of Fish and Wildlife for more information.
Revive the Salton Sea Fund
Contributions will be used for the restoration and maintenance of the Salton Sea and to develop a mechanism to provide ongoing public awareness.
Schools Not Prisons Voluntary Tax Contribution Fund
Contributions will be used to fund academic and career readiness programs that seek to break the school-to-prison pipeline.
School Supplies for Homeless Children Fund
Contributions will be used to provide school supplies and health-related products to homeless children.
Special Olympics Fund
Your contributions will benefit Special Olympics Southern California and Special Olympics Northern California to continue to showcase the capabilities and achievements of individuals with intellectual disabilities.
Along with providing year-round free sports and competition programs to more than 48,000 children and adults across the state, Special Olympics Southern and Northern California encourages inclusion and anti-bullying through Unified Sports and the Schools Partnership Program, bringing those with and without disabilities together to compete as teammates.
Special Olympics is also committed to improving the health and well-being of athletes through a variety of screenings and programs.
State Children's Trust Fund for the Prevention of Child Abuse
Contributions will be used to support child abuse prevention programs with demonstrated success, public education efforts to change adult behaviors and educate parents, innovative research to identify best practices, and the replication of those practices to prevent child abuse and neglect.
Visit State Children's Trust Fund for more information.
State Parks Protection Fund/Parks Pass Purchase
Contributions will be used for the protection and preservation of California's state parks and for the cost of a Vehicle Day Use Annual Pass valid at most park units where day use fees are collected.
The pass is not valid at off-highway vehicle units, or for camping, oversized vehicle, extra vehicle, per-person, or supplemental fees. If a taxpayer's contribution equals or exceeds $195 the taxpayer will receive a single Vehicle Day Use Annual Pass.
Amounts contributed in excess of the parks pass cost may be deducted as a charitable contribution for the year in which the voluntary contribution is made. Any contribution less than $195 will be treated as a voluntary contribution and may be deducted as a charitable contribution.
Visit State Department of Parks and Recreation/Annual Pass for more information or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Type 1 Diabetes Research Fund
Contributions will be used for the University of California for distribution of grants to authorized diabetes research organizations.