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
(850)922-6062

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 the following information and guidelines to ensure that your proposed activities and the entities involved are in solidarity with our mission: to provide direct services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, and to their children and families, as well as to eliminate such violence through community education and public advocacy.

Who can conduct a fundraiser on behalf of Refuge House?

Individuals and organizations can fundraise independently in support of Refuge House.  They can be grateful clients and families, civic organizations, churches, schools, and businesses. Anyone in the community can fundraise to support the areas of greatest need at Refuge House or a specific program of your choice.

The sponsoring individual must state in all publicity what percentage of the “net proceeds” or flat amount will be contributed to Refuge House.  The term, “net proceeds” refers to the funds remaining after the deduction of expenses for your special event or activity.

Where will my donation go?

All donations made to Refuge House will be unrestricted and go to our area of greatest need unless you designate a specific program or area.

How can Refuge House help me with my fundraiser?

  • Provide a letter of authorization to validate the authenticity of the fundraiser
  • Offer feedback on your fundraiser and/or event
  • Provide and approve the use of our logo on materials related to your fundraiser
  • Help you select an area of Refuge House for your donation to support
  • Coordinate a check presentation

We are here to support you.  However, there are some services we are unable to provide:

  • Our tax exemption number
  • Insurance or liability coverage
  • Permits and/or licenses
  • Mailing list of donors and/or vendors
  • Refuge House letterhead
  • Funding or reimbursement of your expenses
  • Publicity (e.g. newspaper, radio, television)
  • Guaranteed attendance of Refuge House staff, board members or volunteers
  • Anything that would “spotlight” our clients and compromise their identity and/or confidentiality

Can I use the Refuge House name and logo?

Once your fundraiser is approved, we will provide you with our logo for your marketing materials.  We must review everything with our name and logo before it’s printed or distributed.  This includes the use of the Refuge House logo on your website or your company’s website.  All Refuge House logos added to websites must be removed no more than 30 days after the conclusion of your fundraiser.

Can someone from Refuge House help me plan my fundraiser and attend and/or speak at my event?

We are happy to provide guidance, but we do not have the staff to handle the organizational and administrative tasks associated with third-party fundraisers.  We do our best to attend events supporting Refuge House, but we cannot guarantee the attendance of staff, board members or volunteers at your event.

Can Refuge House help me get a permit and/or license for my fundraiser?

The organization and execution of the fundraiser are the responsibility of the organizer.  The organizer must obtain any necessary permits or licenses.

Can Refuge House provide insurance for my fundraiser?

Because Refuge House is the beneficiary and has no direct involvement with running the fundraiser, we cannot provide insurance certificates.  The event organizer is responsible for obtaining insurance if necessary.

Can I use Refuge House’s Tax Exemption Number?

Because Refuge House is not the host, it is considered a third-party fundraiser.  For this reason, you will not be able to use Refuge House’s IRS 501(c)(3) charitable classification, federal tax ID number, or tax-exempt certificate.

Will each of my donors get a receipt?

Refuge House cannot issue charitable tax receipts for donors or sponsors who make payments directly to your third-party fundraiser.  If your donor wants a receipt, please be sure the check is made payable to the Refuge House and leave the check in its original form before sending it to us.

Please note that there are complex regulations around the distribution of charitable tax receipts.  This includes donations of money, in-kind items, and services.  Issuing an inappropriate receipt can put our charitable tax status in jeopardy so please do not promise any kind of receipt.  For more information about charitable tax receipts, please contact the Refuge House Development Director at 850-922-6062 ext. 1011.

Can I pay myself back for expenses I’ve incurred?

Refuge House cannot fund or financially support community fundraisers.  Coordinators are responsible for covering all expenses and cannot be reimbursed by Refuge House.  For these reasons, as you start to collect money, you may want to keep some funds on hand to help pay your expenses.

Can we have a check presentation?

Yes, we can arrange for a check presentation to be held at Refuge House or an agreed-upon location after your fundraiser.  Please contact the Refuge House Development Director at 850-922-6062 ext. 1011 to schedule a time.

 

 

 

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

FSU PD

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