Treehouse relies on generous contributions of our community to make all of our programs possible. In fact, Treehouse is 85% privately funded and relies on the support of more than 7,000 donors every year. There are so many ways to give—we invite you to partner with us to give foster kids a childhood and a future.

Treehouse Federal Tax ID# 91-1425676

Make a Gift Today

• One-time

• Monthly

• In Honor

• In Memory

Thank you for considering a gift to Treehouse. We rely on the support of our community to give foster kids a childhood and a future—we are 90% privately funded. As a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) organization, gifts to Treehouse are tax-deductible.

Gifts to Treehouse can be made by check, credit card or stock.  You may:

Monthly Giving: Support Foster Kids All Year

Join the Treehouse Heroes, a special group of people that donate to Treehouse on a monthly basis. As a member of the Treehouse Heroes, the impact of your generosity will be felt year-round.

Monthly donors are essential to the sustainability of Treehouse and add to our efficiency and effectiveness.  In addition, consistent monthly donors give us the ability to plan and the confidence to dream big for foster kids.

Become a Hero for Foster Kids

Monthly donations, or recurring gifts, can be made online by credit card, or by phone or mail with a personal check or credit card.

What if I need to stop my monthly giving?

Your membership is a voluntary agreement and you can change, suspend, or cancel your membership at any time. Simply contact Melissa Stuart  at melissa@treehouseforkids.org or 206.267.5143 to change or stop your monthly pledge.

In Honor or Memorial Gifts

Honor someone you love by giving to Treehouse in their name. Tribute gifts are a perfect way to acknowledge a birthday, Bar or Bat Mizvah, wedding, anniversary, the holidays or sadly, the passing of a loved one. When you make a tribute or memorial gift, we will gladly send a card to your honoree or their family. We will also send you a tax receipt for your records.

You can give online now. At the bottom of the donation form, enter the name of your loved one. Your e-mailed donation receipt will include a link to a certificate you can print right away!

Be in touch to launch your drive!

We are so excited that you are interested in hosting a donation drive to make the holidays bright for foster kids!  Email drives@treehouseforkids.org or call 206.267.5109 to get a comprehensive packet mailed right to your door.

Take your drive online

Your drive will fund childhood experiences for foster kids that are absolutely essential to social-emotional development and academic success. Not to mention, some folks are too busy to go shopping! Our nifty online tool helps you engage your friends, family, and colleagues. Your personal fundraising page is easy to set up, customizable, and even tracks your efforts with one of those cool thermometers! Get started here.

How drives help:

Holiday donation drives are essential to Treehouse’s mission. They raise money to fund extracurricular activites, like art classes, which allow youth living in foster care to build confidence and community.  Donation drives also ensure that The Wearhouse, our free store for foster kids, is stocked with the essentials.  You can help by collecting:

  • Monetary donations
  • New clothing
  • Teen Gifts
  • Toys
  • Shoes and accessories

Are you ready to get started? Things you can begin doing right away to launch your drive include:

  • Sending emails and using your social network
  • Setting up a central place to collect donations, like the break room at work
  • Setting up a custom webpage for your donation drive where you can raise funds for foster kids

Resources you will need:

Leadership Giving

At the heart of our work at Treehouse, there are leaders whose vision and personal commitment make an incredible impact on the lives of kids in foster care through Leadership Giving. These community leaders are the people who build our strength and ability to develop new strategies, reach every foster youth who needs our services and ultimately reach our graduation goal. These Leadership gifts allow Treehouse to envision a brighter future for kids in foster care today and for all the kids coming into foster care in the future no matter what challenges they face.

Your Leadership Giving is a strategic investment in helping our community’s foster kids graduate from high school with a plan for their future. An investment that will improve outcomes for individual kids, our schools and our community. You have the opportunity to give to where your support is needed the most, or you can direct your support to a particular initative, like Graduation Success or Little Wishes.

Treehouse is pleased to recognize and honor those giving to Treehouse at the Leadership level as partners and leaders in our work. You are also invited to exclusive events and receive briefings to learn more about kids in foster care, our work and the foster care system.

Donate Clothing & Other Essentials

Donations of new and like new clothing, supplies, shoes, and toys fill the Wearhouse, our free store, with the things kids in foster care need and want to feel good and fit in.

Deliver your donations to Treehouse

2100 24th Ave South Seattle, WA Map

Monday – Friday, 9:00am – 5:00pm
Saturdays 10:00am – 2:00pm, by appointment. Please call 206.267.5185 to schedule.

What kinds of donations does our Wearhouse need most? Check out Treehouse on Pinterest to find out.

 

Create Your Own Event

Foster kids need your imagination, inspiration, and dedication!
From birthday parties to workplace soirees to bake sales, you can positively impact the lives of foster youth in your own unique way. Here are some creative examples of how community members are making a difference:

Make Your Party Count

Whether it is the annual office holiday party, your bar mitzvah, or your family reunion, you can easily add an element of community support to any celebration in your life! Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery throws a giant company picnic at the end of each summer. The highlight of the event is a wine bottle ring toss, where staff line up for hours to participate. Through this simple carnival game, they raise awareness and funds for kids in foster care.

Crafting for a Cause

Are you a culinary crafter? Jill and Micaela, a mother-daughter team who loves to cook, decided to try their hands at raising a little dough to help foster kids. They asked their friends and family to submit their favorite recipes, which they compiled into an inspirational cookbook and sold it to raise money for Treehouse. It was so much fun that they are working on a second edition!

Casual Friday

Think outside the suit! For staff in the Seattle office of Marsh USA, casual Friday is more than a fashion statement – it’s an opportunity to change lives. Marsh employees who choose to wear jeans on Fridays pay five dollars into the Denim Days fund. Each month, a local charity is selected from employee suggestions to receive the fund. Treehouse was the lucky beneficiary of a denim dividend!

Lemonade Stand

Help your little one learn the gift of giving! Isabella, 9, sold lemonade to raise money for Treehouse as part of the Crayons All Natural Beverage Company Pink Lemonade Brigade, a national one-day event to encourage children to raise money for local nonprofits. Isabella raised enough to provide for a month of swim lessons or instrument rental for a Treehouse kid.

Inspired, but not sure where to start? We’re here to support you and make it easy, so let us know how you’d like to help kids in foster care!

Start by sharing how your celebration is helping foster kids:

  • A list of what foster kids need right now

We have more ideas and resources – just get in touch at drives@treehouseforkids.org or call Kintisha at 206.267.5109.

Endowment

The Treehouse Legacy Endowment ensures our long-term financial health and stability. The principal of the Endowment is held in perpetuity unless otherwise directed by the donor. The Endowment is carefully invested, and the interest generated supports Treehouse programs on an annual basis or helps us make strategic investments in programs and organizational capacity. Together, endowment gifts provide a strong foundation that continues to grow for years to come.

You can help secure the future of Treehouse by making an outright gift of cash or securities, or by making a planned gift to the Treehouse Legacy Endowment. A gift to the Endowment can either be unrestricted with its distributions used wherever the need is greatest, or it can be designated to particular program areas.

For more information about giving to the Treehouse Endowment, please call Dawn Rains at 206.267.5110.

Treehouse Legacy Circle

The Treehouse Legacy Circle is a special group that honors and recognizes donors who have included Treehouse as a beneficiary of their estate plans. There is no minimum amount to be a member, as all gifts are welcome and important to Treehouse.  In appreciation of your generosity and desire to ensure the future of Treehouse, Treehouse Legacy Circle members enjoy the following recognition and benefits:

  • Recognition in one issue per year of The Ladder, the Treehouse quarterly newsletter
  • Recognition in the Treehouse Annual Report
  • Invitations to attend Treehouse Donor Briefings to learn more about foster care

For more information about planned giving and becoming a member of the Treehouse Legacy Circle, please contact our Director of Development at jessica@treehouseforkids.org or 206.267.5116.

Ways to become a Legacy Circle Member

Bequests

A bequest is the easiest and most meaningful way to provide for the future of Treehouse.  A bequest is a gift made through your estate, either directed by your will or through an outright trust distribution.  Bequests allow you to retain your assets in case you need them during your lifetime.  A bequest may specify a dollar amount, a particular asset, or a percentage of your estate.

We would be happy to provide sample bequest language that you and your estate planner can use to include Treehouse in your plans.  This information is free and in no way obligates you to make a bequest to Treehouse.

Beneficiary Designation

A beneficiary designation is a simple way to include Treehouse in your estate plans.  You can name Treehouse as a beneficiary of many different assets–an Individual Retirement Account (IRA), 401(k), 403(b) or other qualified retirement plan; commercial annuity contract; bank account; or brokerage account.  All charitable distributions are totally tax-free.

Life Insurance

Life insurance provides security for a growing family and support in times of need. It can also be used to make a gift to Treehouse. Options include naming Treehouse as the beneficiary of the death benefit or transferring ownership of an existing policy to Treehouse.

Charitable Trusts

A charitable remainder trust pays you and/or your loved one an income stream for life or a specified number of years. Payments can be a fixed amount (annuity trust) providing you the security of the same payment each time; or payments can be based on a stipulated percentage of trust assets (unitrust), providing you with possibility that payments may increase.  When the trust terminates, the remaining principal is left to benefit Treehouse.  You will receive an income-tax deduction for the present value of the projected remainder of the trust that will go to Treehouse, and you avoid capital gains taxes when appreciated assets are transferred to the trust.

Another option, a charitable lead trust, is essentially the opposite of a charitable remainder trust. Instead of a beneficiary receiving payments, Treehouse would receive the payments. When the trust terminates, the principal is then distributed among designated non-charity beneficiaries.

Gifts of Stock

Your gift of stock will make an impact for kids in foster care and it can offer two ways to save on your taxes. As long as you have owned the stock for more than one year, you can generally receive an income tax charitable deduction for the full fair market value of the stock at the time of the gift (up to 30% of your adjusted gross income), and you avoid paying any capital gains tax on the increase. Giving securities frees up cash and can help diversify investments.

When you itemize your tax deductions, charitable gifts may be used to eliminate federal income tax on up to half of your adjusted gross income. The higher your tax rate, the more your gifts will save you. Any unused deductions may be carried over in as many as five future years.

How to Make a Gift of Stock

Making a gift of stock to Treehouse is easy! Before you transfer stock, please contact our Development team at jessica@treehouseforkids.org or 206.267.5116 and let us know about your planned stock transfer.

This information is essential to correctly processing your gift. If we receive an unidentified stock transfer, the stock may be refused and returned to the originating broker.

  • Your name
  • Name of stock and approximate number of shares
  • Estimated date of transfer
  • Your broker’s name, company and telephone number

Please provide the following information to your broker:
Broker: BNY Mellon
D.T.C. Participant #: 8275 / Mellon
Bank Agent#60916
Ref: Treehouse Sub Account / 10380276630
Broker Name: Dominic Cozzetto, 206-664-8821

Volunteers power Treehouse, collectively donating an average of 1,400 hours per month – that’s the equivalent of almost nine extra full-time staff members. Volunteers expand Treehouse’s ability to serve youth impacted by foster care by answering phones, helping with administrative projects, staffing program and fundraising events, sorting and tagging donations in the Wearhouse, helping youth shop for the perfect outfit, serving on the Board of Directors or a committee, and much more.

Want to get started? Please complete our application and register for a volunteer orientation. We look forward to working with you!

Volunteer Application

Contact our volunteer coordinator at 206.267.5117 for more details.

Orientation Dates

See Get Involved calendar for upcoming volunteer orientation dates.

Volunteer Opportunities

Front Desk Receptionist

Make a positive first impression with our clients and visitors by volunteering at our front desk. Volunteers answer the phones, greet guests and provide administrative office support for our programs. This position is ideal for a volunteer who has basic computer skills, excellent phone etiquette, and good customer service skills. Volunteers must commit to one or more regular 9:30 am-1:30 pm or 1:30-5:30 pm shift each week for a minimum of four months.

Wearhouse Store Volunteer

The Wearhouse is our free store where foster children and their families shop for new and gently used clothing, school supplies, toys and other essentials. Volunteers help by sorting donations, tagging merchandise and assisting customers and staff in the store. We ask that volunteers commit to one shift each week for a duration of at least 3 months, from 10 am- 1 pm or 2 pm- 5 pm.

Current needs: Tuesdays from 10 am-1 pm, 1-5 pm, or 4:30-7:30 pm.

Wearhouse Administrative Volunteer

The Wearhouse is our free store where foster children and their families shop for new and gently used clothing, school supplies, toys and other essentials. Administrative Volunteers support the Wearhouse program with data entry, filing, inventory accounting  and completing other administrative tasks. Knowledge of MS Office and Outlook is required.

We ask that volunteers commit to a 3-4 hour shift between 10am and 5pm Monday-Friday once a week or every other week for at least three months.

Development Department Volunteer

The Treehouse Development team is seeking a part-time volunteer intern to support the annual fund by making donor thank you calls and writing acknowledgement letters for various donor audiences. Other essential functions include assisting with stewardship activities and learning and conducting regular tasks in the Raiser’s Edge database.

The ideal candidate will have an interest in fund development, quantitative data sets, strong verbal and oral communication skills, knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite, confidence making phone calls, and be able to commit to a regular weekly schedule of 8-20 hours for at least 3 months. This position offers flexible hours, primarily between 8am and 5pm, Monday-Friday, and requires being at least 18 years old, passing a criminal background check and attending a New Volunteer Orientation.

Please submit a resume and cover letter explaining your interest in the position to volunteer@treehouseforkids.org.

Occasional Volunteer Opportunities

Throughout the year the need arises for volunteers to assist at special events or with projects in the office. After attending an orientation volunteers will be notified of upcoming needs and can sign up if interested and available. This is a great option for someone looking for a flexible volunteer commitment and opportunities are usually evenings and weekends.

Donation Drive Host

Donation drive hosts are invaluable to Treehouse as they help stock the store with items that foster kids need and want. Volunteers coordinate drives at their workplace, school, place of worship or host an event to collect items and funds to support Treehouse programs. We can provide materials to add to your drive’s success, but the possibilities are endless!

Table Captains

All of our Treehouse fundraising events rely on volunteers who serve as Table Captains, gathering friends, family and colleagues to learn more about kids in foster care, their needs and their inspiring stories.

For more information about becoming a Treehouse volunteer, contact our Volunteer Coordinator at 206.267.5117 or at volunteer@treehouseforkids.org

Donate Services for Kids in foster care

Treehouse depends on donations of time, in-kind items and money from the community.  Our Little Wishes program provides support for extracurricular activities including martial arts lessons, piano lessons, swimming lessons and more. In addition to these services we also help out with costs for high school kids like senior photos, driver’s education, tuxedo rental, hair care and all of the things kids should experience but foster kids often miss out on.

We are able to provide opportunities to more than 1,600 kids each year thanks to partners in the community who provide us with generous discounts, scholarships, and other donations of products and time. Our Wearhouse is a great place to donate clothing and other items from your local retailer or merchant.  Treehouse also accepts donations of tickets to local events to pass on to our youth and their families.

Becoming a Preferred Little Wishes Vendor

Preferred vendors are businesses in the community that partner with Treehouse by providing discounted or donated services to Treehouse youth.  Preferred vendors allow us to provide financial assistance to a greater number of youth. Each discount frees up funds so that Treehouse can pay for services for another youth! If you are interested in becoming a preferred vendor, please contact Alison at alison@treehouseforkids.org.

FAQ

Q:  I want to get involved and help but where do I start?
A:  There are many ways to get involved – please contact alison@treehouseforkids.org to find the best fit for you and your business if you are looking to donate your time or services for kids.  If you want to donate items from your company for the Wearhouse, please contact nicoleh@treehouseforkids.org.  For additional ways you can support Treehouse, please click here.

Q:  How can I become a preferred vendor in Little Wishes?
A:  Preferred vendors are businesses in the community that partner with Treehouse by providing discounted or donated services to Treehouse youth. Preferred vendors allow us to provide financial assistance to a large number of youth. Each discount frees up additional funds for Treehouse to pay for services for another youth! If you are interested in becoming a preferred vendor, please contact Alison at alison@treehouseforkids.org.

Q: If I become a preferred vendor, can Treehouse promote my business?
A:  Yes, we are happy to promote the generous support of our preferred vendors. We can do this through our website or by giving shout outs on our social media pages (Facebook and Twitter).

Q:  Where do you need vendor support?
A: In Little Wishes, we serve youth throughout King County, so we likely are able to use vendor support everywhere! Contact alison@treehouseforkids.org for specific details around supporting Treehouse.

Q:  How do you pay for services for kids at my business?
A:  We work with you to get everything set up for the youth and typically pay for services with checks directly from Treehouse.

Corporate Partnerships

Businesses and organizations in our community are amazingly generous. Hundreds of businesses large and small invest in foster kids by giving to underwrite programs, collecting clothes and toys, and volunteering together.  Find out how you and your company can support Treehouse by contacting Aaron Anderson at 206.267.5183 or at aaron@treehouseforkids.org.

Sponsors underwrite Treehouse events, enabling us to channel donations directly to where they’re needed most: our programs for foster kids. By supporting Treehouse, our sponsors are changing the future for kids in foster care.

Benefits of being a Treehouse Corporate Sponsor

  • Affiliate with one of the most respected social service agencies in the Pacific Northwest, recognized locally and nationally for its innovative and highly effective programs to improve the lives of foster kids.
  • Introduce your company to highly desirable demographic segment or reinforce brand identity.
  • Meet and network with highly influential community and business leaders.
  • Entertain clients
  • Drive business and prospective employees to your company
  • Demonstrate your corporate citizenship

About Our Audience

Those who attend Treehouse events represent our community at its best:  philanthropic individuals, community and business leaders who understand the importance of making a difference in the lives of foster children.  The Treehouse Board of Directors and Advisory Board members bring a highly desirable and influential audience to the Champions for Foster Kids Luncheon.

Pro-bono Consulting

Treehouse has many projects just waiting to be tackled by a group of smart dedicated volunteers looking to use their professional skills to give back to the community. If your company would like to help give foster kids a childhood and a future please contact volunteer@treehouseforkids.org about our current pro bono project needs.

Host a Donation Drive

 

Leadership Giving

 

Donate Clothing & Other Essentials

 

Create Your Own Event

 

Endowment

 

Planned Giving

 

Gifts of Stock

 

Volunteer

 

Donate Services for Kids in foster care

 

Corporate Partnerships

 

Pro-bono Consulting