We are proud to have over 7,000 individual donors within our community, and many corporate sponsors, who value the work of Refuge House and give back to the community through financial support of our programs and services.

Through financial support of Refuge House, you truly make a difference in the lives of victims of domestic or sexual violence and their children. Your contribution has a direct impact in many ways, whether it provides transportation, counseling services or a forensic exam for a victim of sexual violence. One former client said it best: “We can win our lives and our freedom back.” With your support, we can help many more survivors win their freedom.

  • Provide 24/7 staff and provisions to sexual assault victims
  • Provide necessary supplies to survivors in emergency shelter
  • Provide counseling, legal assistance and safety plans to thousands of your neighbors

“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world” – Anne Frank

There are many ways to support Refuge House, and all go directly to saving lives, building hope and ending violence right here in our community.

Donate to Refuge House

Personal Info

Donation Total: $25.00

This life-saving work depends on your community support. Be a part of the change.

Please give as generously as you can and remember that any amount is greatly appreciated. You can donate online through PayPal, even if you don’t have a PayPal account. Or you can send a check payable to:

Refuge House
P.O. Box 20910
Tallahassee, FL 32316

In-Kind Donations

Due to safety concerns for participants and staff, we will be unable to accept donations of used clothing, furniture, household items, etc.   Only new items will be accepted at this time. 

Please do not leave items on our administrative office front porch.  Please call 850-922-6062 to schedule a delivery.

Refuge House relies heavily on donations from the community in order to provide our clients with essential items. We gladly accept donations of food for our shelter pantry as well as other unused, new items (see link below).

Items ALWAYS needed include:

In-Need Items
  • Laundry Detergent
  • Ziplock Bags/Tin Foil/Cling Wrap – all sizes
  • Hair products for natural/curly hair
  • Diapers for all sizes
  • New Women’s underwear/bras
  • New Adult socks and youth socks
  • Cold medicines (over the counter)
  • Sponges
  • Clorox wipes
Buy a Brick at the Emergency Shelter

For $250, your name can be permanently etched into the brick walkway in front of our emergency shelter.

There is nothing so great for a survivor as to see a community of support in front of them as they enter, and behind them as they exit.

Please contact our administrative offices for more information at 850-922-6062.

Fundraise for us

Host an Event for Refuge House

Refuge House is very thankful for the generous support of our wonderful community. If you would like to host a fundraiser for Refuge House, please see our guidelines below. Then fill out our simple online special event application form. Once you have filled out the form, click submit and one of our staff will contact you within a few days. Again, thank you for your support!

Refuge House Guidelines for Events & Special Activities

Thank you for your interest in supporting Refuge House by sponsoring an event. We appreciate your support. Refuge House provides these guidelines to ensure that your proposed activities and the entities involved are in solidarity with our mission.

  • The sponsoring individual, group or organization’s special event or activity must help further Refuge House’s mission: to provide direct services to battered women, their children and sexual assault survivors as well as to work to eliminate the conditions in society that allow such violence to continue.
  • The sponsoring individual, group or organization will assume the burden of the cost of the event or activity.
  • The sponsoring individual, group or organization affirms that all municipal, county, state and federal laws and regulations are met.
  • Publicity and promotional materials must be approved by Refuge House staff prior to the event. 
  • If publicity or promotional assistance by Refuge House is required, give us a clear outline of our expected obligations well in advance.
  • Refuge House cannot guarantee media acceptance of press releases and cannot be responsible for the entire event marketing plan.
  • Advanced planning is crucial. Some media such as local magazines require a 2-3 month lead time.
  • The sponsoring individual must state in all publicity what percentage of the “net proceeds” or flat amount will be contributed to Refuge House. Note: The term, “net proceeds” refers to the funds remaining after the deduction of expenses for your special event or activity.
  • The sponsoring individual, group or organization should obtain, at their expense, any liability insurance that might be required for the special event or activity.
  • If the sponsoring individual, group or organization offers free tickets for our clients, the tickets must be sent to the administrative offices to be distributed to interested clients.
  • In order to maintain client confidentiality, Refuge House cannot participate in special events or activities that would “spotlight” our clients.

Thank you, in advance, for following our guidelines and for your support. Refuge House depends on generous donors like you to make our services possible.

Click here to fill out our special events application.

Planned Giving

We know you believe in our mission, and in the future of the individuals and families we serve. Planned gifts allow you to make a much bigger impact, with a larger gift than might be possible with an immediate cash donation. Planned gifts that might be right for you include testamentary gifts (including Refuge House in your will), life insurance policies naming Refuge House as a beneficiary, mandatory IRA distributions or gifts of appreciated stock.

Consider asking your estate planning attorney to include wording like this in your will or trust:

I give to the Refuge House, Inc. in Tallahassee, Florida (the sum of $_____) or (___% of the rest, residue and remainder of my estate) for general purposes.

The tax identification number for Refuge House, Inc. is 59-1869324.

Through your support and investment, you provide the security and stability for Refuge House that we provide for survivors of abuse.

Refuge House Community Fund Raising Events

The Annual Thanksgiving Turkey Trot

Gulf Winds Track Club holds its annual Thanksgiving Day Run each November at the State Office Satellite Complex in Southwood. Every year, thousands of community members participate in the 1 mile Fun Run, 5K, 10K and 15K races. Refuge House is a beneficiary of this great event and we hope to see you there. Please go to gulfwinds.org for more information.

Continued Gratitude to Our Current Supporters

The Archibald Foundation

Tom and Elva Brady

Dean and Andrea Jerger

Russ and Genie Morcom

A.J. and Collette Clark

Reid Jaffe

Alpha Chi Omega Foundation

The Frueauff Foundation

Panhandle Plus Properties, LLC

First Housing Foundation

First Presbyterian Church, Quincy

Gretna Presbyterian Church

Gulf Winds Track Club

The United Way of the Big Bend

The City of Tallahassee

Leon County

Madison County

Franklin County

The Leon County Sheriff’s Office

The Law Enforcement Trust Fund/Tallahassee Police Department

Newberry Family Foundation

Domestic Violence Coordinating Council

Zonta Club


. . .and all our community supporters who share their treasure, time and talent on behalf of Refuge House.