Thank you for your interest in supporting the work of the IRC in San Jose! In-kind donations provide a warm welcome to refugees upon their arrival in the U.S. Please keep reading to learn about our in-kind donations program and what items are desired to help us meet the material needs of our newest community members.

As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, donations can be tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. We provide a donation receipt for all donations given to the IRC in San Jose, including in-kind donations; however, we cannot place a value on the items you donate. Please keep your purchase receipt if you purchase any new items for donation that you wish to deduct. We suggest you consult your tax professional for more information about charitable deductions if you need it.


Policies and Procedures:

  1.  Please review the entirety of this page to learn about the different items we accept, any restrictions we have on the condition or size of particular items, and what we most need at this time.
  2. All donation drop-offs require an appointment as our storage facilities are off-site, and our team is often delivering items to our clients across the South Bay. Please note that we have limited capacity to pick up donations, so priority for pick-ups is given to large furniture donations.
  3. Please allow approximately 30 minutes for your donation drop-off appointment. Your donation will be assessed, itemized, and sorted during this time. We reserve the right to reject any donations that do not meet our standards or our current demands.
    • RECOMMENDED: Arriving with an itemized list of what you want to donate is much appreciated and speeds up the drop-off.
    • We CANNOT accept items that are not in usable condition. This includes items that are unclean, broken, or missing pieces. Additionally, we cannot accept items for which health and safety regulations prohibit us from accepting them.
  4. When you are ready, please contact us at [email protected] to coordinate your donation. If you are interested in coordinating a donation drive or other community service project with us, please scroll to the bottom of this page for instructions. We thank you for your generosity!

Desired items:


Baby & Children's Items



Gift Cards: The Gift of Choice

VISA or Mastercard gift cards and gift cards to businesses such as Amazon, Costco, IKEA, Lyft, Target, Walmart, Uber, and more are highly appreciated because they allow our clients to obtain what they most need while bestowing upon them the gift of choice. Increments of $25 are encouraged.

Home Goods

Major Impact Items

These items provide a major impact in a refugee's journey to self-sufficiency.

Personal Hygiene

Donation Drives and Community Service Projects

We kindly ask that interested community members and groups contact us to discuss potential donation drives to ensure our collective efforts are most impactful.

Please email our Community Engagement Manager ([email protected]) to begin this conversation.

Wish Lists

Amazon Wish List