Individual Voluntary Contributions
Current Fund Descriptions
Alzheimer's Disease/Related Disorders Fund
Contributions will provide grants to California scientists who study Alzheimer's disease and related disorders. This research includes basic science, diagnosis, treatment, prevention, behavioral problems, and 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.
For more information, visit their website at California Department of Public Health.
California Breast Cancer Research 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.
For more information, visit their website at California Breast Cancer Research Program.
California Cancer Research 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.
For more information, contact California Cancer Research Fund.
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.
For more information, visit their website at California Fire Foundation.
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 percent 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 Legislature Fund
The California Senior Legislature (CSL) is a non-partisan, all volunteer group of 120 senior volunteers that work to identify senior issues statewide and write proposals to improve those issues. Additionally, CSL works directly with the current Legislators to get those proposals turned into bills and eventually into law. In its 35+ years, over 198 CSL bills have been signed by the California Governor. Laws that have been sponsored by CSL include those covering Adult Day Health Care Centers, nutrition centers, respite care, long-term care, elder abuse prevention programs, Alzheimer day care programs, and more.
For more information, visit their website at California Senior Legislature.
California Seniors Special Fund
If you and/or your spouse are 65 years of age or older as of December 31, 2015, and claim the Senior Exemption Credit on line 9, you may make a combined total contribution of up to $218 or $109 per spouse. Contributions entered 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||Maximum Contribution (Tax Year)|
|Taxpayer (65 years or older)||$109||$108||$106||$104|
|Taxpayer and Spouse (65 years or older)||$218||$216||$212||$208|
For more information, visit their website at the California Commission on Aging.
California Sexual Violence Victim Services Fund
Contributions will be used to further the services that California’s rape crisis centers provide for victims of rape or sexual assault.
Emergency Food for Families 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.
For more information, visit their website at State Department of Social Services.
Keep Arts in Schools 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.
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.
For more information, contact State Humane Association of California.
Protect Our Coast and Oceans 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 habitat, bring under served kids to the coast (some for the first time), promote access to the coast, and invest in the long-term protection of our coast and ocean.
Rare and Endangered Species Preservation 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.
For more information, visit their website at California Department of Fish and Wildlife.
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.
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. For more information visit www.sonc.org or www.sosc.org.
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.
For more information, contact Children and Family Services.
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.
For more information, visit their website at State Department of Parks and Recreation/Annual Pass 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.
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