Welcome to Children’s Fund

The Children’s Fund Program, founded in 1973, as a grassroots effort by social workers to assist foster and low-income children in San Mateo County access goods and service that are not available through public funds.  Every year over 4,500 children and youth, newborn to age 18, receive resources from our program.

The Children’s Fund relies on the kindness of businesses and individuals to provide for the children of our county.  Our programs offer children items such as backpacks filled with school supplies, Halloween costumes, holiday gifts, and so much more.


Children’s Fund is suspending the receipt of in-kind donations until March 31, 2021 due to precautionary measures regarding COVID-19. Monetary donations, that are mailed, will still be accepted. 

Goodwill is currently operating select donation centers with a no-contact drop-off policy. The three centers operating in San Mateo County are listed below with their hours of operation. 

  • 28 W. 25th Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94403 (10 AM-2 PM, Tuesday-Saturday)
  • South San Francisco Pak & Save Parking Lot: 2255 Gellert Boulevard, SSF, 94080 (9 AM to 2 PM, Tuesday-Saturday)
  • Chavez Supermarket Parking Lot: 46 Fifth Avenue, Redwood City, 94063 (9 AM to 2 PM, Tuesday-Saturday)

Email or call us with any questions, 650-802-5152, or email

Take care and stay healthy,

Children’s Fund

Local high school students help with the Costume for Kids Drive.
Generous donations during the Holiday Gift Drive.