Your Support Has An Impact

Make a meaningful difference in the lives of more than 20,000 vulnerable seniors, including 5,300 Holocaust survivors, by making a gift to Selfhelp Community Services Foundation (SCS Foundation). We invite you to join our committed family of supporters who enable us to continue our vital work.

Making a gift to Selfhelp is simple and secure. We are a non-profit organization pursuant to IRS section 501 (c)(3). Your gift is tax-deductible to the full extent allowed by law.

Please contact us to discuss the giving plan that is right for you. Call (212) 971-7764 or email us at

Annual Campaign

When you make a gift to Selfhelp's Annual Campaign, you ensure that seniors, Holocaust survivors and other vulnerable New Yorkers receive the programs and services they need to live independently with dignity. Your support will go directly to enrich the lives of those we serve -- whether it's emergency financial assistance for impoverished Holocaust survivors, connecting homebound seniors to the outside world using technology, or providing affordable housing to ensure that seniors live independently, Selfhelp is there, helping one person at a time. Click here to contribute to our annual campaign.

Founders Society

Selfhelp's Founders Society recognizes our generous friends and partners who have supported Selfhelp with cumulative donations of $25,000 or more. Founders' names are inscribed on our Founders Wall located at Selfhelp's main office, in our Annual Report and on the Selfhelp website. We offer our deepest appreciation to our Founders – both present and those no longer with us – who have helped to make Selfhelp Community Services the vital organization it is today. Click here to view Selfhelp's Founders Society.

Naming Opportunities

Naming a Selfhelp site, building, program or fund offers a meaningful way to link your family's name with Selfhelp's in perpetuity. A range of naming opportunities are available for dedication. Please call us at 212-971-7621 for more information.

We gratefully thank those who have named Selfhelp programs.

Caring for Generations Tribute Fund

Selfhelp's Caring for Generations Tribute Fund is the perfect way to honor or memorialize a friend or loved one. A personalized tribute card designed by a Selfhelp "senior artist" will be sent to the individual you designate to inform them of your thoughtfulness.

Matching Gifts

Double, or even triple your gift! If your company has a Matching Gift plan, please consult your Human Resources Department to obtain a Matching Gift form. Click here to see if your company has a matching gift program.

Monthly Sustainer

Our Monthly Sustainer Program provides you with an easy, affordable way to support Selfhelp, while ensuring a dependable base of support for the essential programs and services our clients depend on each and every day. When you become a Monthly Sustainer, your donation is ongoing until you say otherwise. Your credit or debit card will automatically be billed each month. You'll save time, money and resources.
Click here to become a monthly sustainer.

Gifts of Stock

A contribution of appreciated stock will help Selfhelp provide vital services, while at the same time offer you valuable tax benefits related to capital gains, charitable deductions and retirement income. These gifts provide an excellent way to minimize tax liabilities while maximizing your philanthropic giving. Please click here for a sample stock transfer form or call 212-971-7686.

Legacy and Planned Gifts

Selfhelp's Planned Giving options enable you to support our important work while effectively addressing your own long-term tax, estate and financial goals. When you remember Selfhelp in your will or make a gift through a trust, gift annuity or life insurance policy, you become part of Selfhelp's Heritage Society. Our Heritage Society recognizes those who, by planning ahead, are building a legacy of caring and hope for future generations.

Planned Giving should always result in a "win-win" situation. This area of giving includes, but is not limited to, bequests by will, charitable remainder trusts, charitable gift annuities, gifts of life insurance, retirement assets and other tangible personal property. For the individual or family with charitable intent, there are countless creative ways to make a gift to Selfhelp, while at the same time, receive benefits such as reducing income, capital gains, or probate taxes, increasing spendable income, supplementing a retirement plan, providing for the special needs of a family member, increasing the amount of a child's inheritance, and keeping a family business intact.

Planned gifts may be funded with a variety of assets, including but not limited to securities, retirement assets, life insurance, patents, royalties, real estate, artwork, jewelry and musical instruments.

A common misconception about planned giving is that it is only for the very rich, but as an example, older adults can make a Charitable Gift Annuity with as little as $5,000 or $10,000, and receive a return as high as 9.8% (depending upon age).

Remembering Selfhelp in Your Will

You can help secure our future and create your own legacy by remembering Selfhelp in your will.

When you designate Selfhelp as a beneficiary in your will, you will be supporting future generations without impacting your finances during your lifetime. Your bequest can be a specific cash amount or a percentage of your estate and will help minimize the estate taxes payable after your death.

If you already have remembered Selfhelp in your will or estate plan or intend to do so, you may use our Letter of Intent to inform us of your gift. Your support will enable us to effectively plan and ensures that our service to elderly and at-risk New Yorkers will continue well into the future.

To include Selfhelp in your estate plan, your attorney will need our full legal name and address:

Selfhelp Community Services Foundation, Inc. is a not-for-profit corporation of the State of New York, having its principal place of business at 520 Eighth Avenue, New York, NY 10018.

Please click here for bequest options.

If you make a planned gift of $10,000 or more you will become a member of our Heritage Society, joining other generous individuals who, by planning ahead, are participating in building a legacy of caring and hope for future generations

Please call 212-971-7621 to further explore making a planned gift to Selfhelp.