Online Donation

Please click on the upper right "Donate" button to go to our Donor Perfect page, where you can make a secure donation of any amount by credit card. You can select from a one-time or a recurring gift.

As an option, you can make the donation in honor of or in memory of a family member or friend. All donations are tax-deductible.

Employee Matching Gifts Program


Interested in doubling your contribution to Asian Women's Shelter at no cost to you? Read through these FAQs to learn more about Employee Matching Gifts Programs and how you can participate.


Many companies and corporations offer this program as a benefit to their employees and retirees who wish to donate to a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charitable organization. Your employer pledges to match your contribution to qualifying organizations.


Rules and regulations vary from company to company, but generally, your employer will match your donation 1:1 up to $1,000 or more a year. If you donate $100, your employer will give another $100. Some companies may also match in-kind gifts, or gifts of products and equipment (like computers).


First, you will need to inquire at your company whether this program is offered. If it is, the process must start with you. The process varies among companies, but generally speaking, there are three steps - you take the first two, and the final step is ours. (1) Make a donation to Asian Women's Shelter. (2) Obtain an Employee Matching Gifts Program form from your employer, fill out the section indicated, and mail it to us (3543 18th St. #19, San Francisco, CA 94110). (3) We will take it from there - once we have verified that your donation has been made, we will fill out the second portion of the form and return it to your employer, who will then disburse the matching funds to us.


We think so! It's a win-win situation: Not only are you taking advantage of this great opportunity to increase your contribution to Asian Women's Shelter, but your employer is happy because you are happy, and we are thrilled, as always, to have the support of individuals like you!

Send a Check

If you would like to mail in a donation, please send to:

Asian Women's Shelter
Attn: Program Development Coordinator
3543 18th Street, #19
San Francisco, CA, 94110

In-Kind Donations

In-kind donations are all non-monetary gifts, including donations of food, clothing, supplies, services, etc.

Due to limited space at the shelter, we can only accept donations that will be put to use right away. Please call us to find out our immediate needs.


When we don't have space, we are grateful to Community Thrift for accepting gently used clothes, furniture or household goods at their store and making a contribution to AWS. Please drop your items off at Community Thrift and let them know that you would like the donation to benefit AWS, code #172. They are located at 623 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110, (415) 861-4910. Community Thrift is a 501(c)(3) non-profit agency and your donation is tax-deductible.

Please note that there are some items that Community Thrift does not accept such as children's clothing and toys. See their list of acceptable and non-acceptable donations.


Please start by viewing our Wishlist below. Contact to reconfirm, as our needs and storage may have changed. Please do not drop off items directly at our mailing address.

If you would like a receipt for your donation, please let us know. We will be happy to provide you with one, which will mention all relevant information that you will need for your tax deductions, such as description & quantities of your in-kind items and acknowledgement of receipt by AWS. Please note we do not include the value of the donation in the receipt.


If you'd like to organize a donation drive for AWS with the intention to raise our wishlist items, we will be so grateful! But please check in with us beforehand, so we can share details on the quantitities we're hopeful to receive. We cannot guarantee we can receive items from your drive unless we have checked in beforehand. We'll help you organize the drive in the best possible way; we'll give specific and necessary details of items, quantities, process and more. Unofrtuntely, we do not have unlimited storage space, so we may not be able to accomodate more items than we can manage to store.


  • new pillows (standard size)
  • comforters (queen/full & twin sizes)
  • towels (new: bath, hand, face)
  • small pots & pans with lids
  • small fans
  • small portable space heaters (energy efficient)
  • small lamps
  • soft soled slippers (adults, teens, children)
  • toothpaste (full-size)
  • toothbrushes
  • dental floss
  • vaseline
  • pajama sets (S/M, M/L)
  • women's bras (sizes: 34B/C/D, various sizes)(new)
  • women's underwear (various sizes)(new)
  • sanitary pads
  • umbrellas
  • microwaves
  • toilet tissue
  • paper towels
  • facial tissue
  • bowls (small & large soup bowls)
  • utensils (forks, spoons, kitchen knives, serving spoons)
  • cooking utensils (spatulas, serving spoons, tongs)
  • water bolier, warmer and dispenser
  • shampoos, conditioners, shower gel (full-size)
  • lotions (full-size)
  • laundry detergent
  • shower curtains
  • bath mats

Generally, we also need these additional items throughout the year, but it is a good idea to check with us by contacting us at

For household:

  • toasters
  • blenders
  • dvd players with remote
  • toilet tissue
  • paper towels
  • facial tissue
  • laundry detergent
  • bathroom cleansers
  • toilet bowl cleaners
  • bath mats
  • shower curtains
  • utensils (spoons & forks)
  • kitchen knives
  • cutting boards
  • soup bowls (small & large)
  • Brita water filters & pitcher
  • spatulas, soup ladles
  • non-stick frying pans
  • dishwashing detergent
  • hot water dispensers
  • electric tea kettles
  • small rice cookers
  • large rice cooker
  • desk lamps
  • wall clocks & alarm clocks

For adults

  • grocery store and household store gift cards
  • sanitary pads
  • jackets (waterproof/resistant with hoods)
  • women's underwear(new)
  • women's bras(new)
  • umbrellas
  • socks (new)
  • walking shoes (various sizes)
  • mouthwash
  • shampoo and conditioner (full-size)
  • shower gel (full-size)
  • towels (new)(bath, hand and face)
  • hair brushes, combs
  • sewing kits

For children:

  • raincoats
  • ponchos
  • hoodies (various sizes)
  • socks
  • underwear
  • boy's clothing (3T-7 yrs)
  • girl's clothing / jeans (7-12 yrs)
  • baby wash/ oil

Host a Fundraiser

If you are interested in hosting a fundraiser for AWS, please call the Fund Development Coordinator at (415) 751-7110 and we will provide you with the materials to plan and coordinate an event to raise awareness of and funds for AWS!

Leave a Legacy

If you would like to support the work of Asian Women's Shelter now and into the future, we can help you leave your legacy. There are a variety of planned giving options to choose from and we can help you select the one that will best demonstrate your commitment to end violence in our communities. Please contact the Program Development coordinator at (415) 751-7110 to learn more.

Ways to Give