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Ways To Give

Questions about making a donation?

Email or call the Advancement team at 616.451.2021. Or, you can mail your gift to 2172 Dean Lake Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49505

Give Today

They need us. That’s why we need you.

Our commitment to children remains as steadfast as it was back in 1887. As a DABSJ supporter, you are part of the vital work of keeping kids safe and helping families thrive. This is where compassion meets possibility, and together, we can build a brighter future by providing homes and hope for children.

At DABSJ, every act of generosity makes a difference. We offer a variety of giving options so you can choose what feels right for you.

One-Time Donation

Make an impact right now for children and families who need help with a one-time donation

Monthly Giving

Join the DABSJ Cookie Society

Give something sweet by making an ongoing monthly donation to children and families. The Cookie Society was inspired by a beloved story from DABSJ’s history involving the Great Depression, a kind-hearted Dominican Sister caring for our children, and some giant cookies. Learn more and join the Society!

Red Heart

Planned Giving

Including DABSJ in your will or estate plan establishes a legacy to care for our community’s most valuable asset: our children. All estate gifts are placed in the endowment when received unless otherwise designated by the donor. If you would like to talk about including DABSJ in your plans, or if you have included DABSJ and not notified us yet, please reach out to us at or 616.451.2021.

Give Stock

Your generous contributions of appreciated securities can provide tax benefits while helping us make a lasting impact in the lives of those we serve. Contributions of appreciated securities held for over a year are generally deductible at market value, regardless of what the donor paid for them; moreover, the capital gains tax is avoided through such a gift. If you have questions or would like to discuss giving stock, please contact the Advancement team at or 616.451.2021.

In-Kind Giving

We will gladly accept items to help the children and families we serve. Please only new or unused items.

For more information on how you can donate wish list items, please contact us at 616.451.2021 or by emailing

Corporate Giving

You’re a company that cares about the community and its most vulnerable members. A company that wants to do business and do good. We can connect you with opportunities that match your values and create lasting impact for children and families. Contact Director of Corporate Relations and Events Caitlin Hopkins at or 616.416.6735.

Attend a

Fundraising Event

Join us at our signature events for memorable experiences, inspiring moments, and a chance to make a difference while gathering with people like you who care about children and families. 

“I feel deeply moved to help children from our community who live in emotionally unstable and unsafe environments. D.A. Blodgett - St. John’s can provide them with loving and healing support. It is my honor to continue providing support to this wonderful agency that was founded by my late husband’s family in 1887. They play a vital role in the lives of children.”

-Edith Blodgett, 1916-2012

Backpack Drive & Holiday Gift Drive

Our annual Backpack Drive runs every July/August as the community comes together to help children at DABSJ get ready for school with the supplies they need. Then, during the Holiday Gift Drive supporters help our children and families have a magical holiday season with the joy of special gifts, picked just for them. Because every child, no matter their circumstance, deserves to have a childhood.

DABSJ is inclusive and welcoming – from our team members, to the children we serve, to the families we license as foster parents. You could play a part in providing homes and hope for children who need a place to be themselves.