Thank you for supporting Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program and our work ensuring equitable access to high-quality health care for people experiencing homelessness.
Below, please find the various ways you can provide financial support, which enables us to continue and expand our lifesaving programs.
For any questions about giving to BHCHP, please reach out to our Development Department, whose contact information can be found here.
Donate online, by mail, or by phone
To make a gift using our website, please click here.
To make a gift via check, please mail checks to:
Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program
780 Albany St.
Boston, MA 02118
Monthly Giving: Hope & Dignity Society
How do we meet the constant needs and unexpected crises that come BHCHP’s way almost every month? We are fortunate to have a group of loyal contributors who make monthly gifts that carry BHCHP and our patients through not only the needs we can predict, but the unforeseen circumstances that we can’t.
This steady support from the Hope & Dignity Society is crucial—keeping us ready throughout the year to fulfill the always enduring and often unpredictable issues that arise.
A few good reasons to consider joining:
- The satisfaction of knowing you are addressing both ongoing and unexpected needs every month.
- An easy, convenient, and affordable way for you to make an even more significant contribution.
- The ease in adjusting your gift at any time (increase, decrease or suspend) by simply logging in to your personal account.
- Documentation of your gift will appear each month on your credit card statement.
- An annual tax receipt will be sent each January, consolidating your gifts from the prior year.
To join our Hope & Dignity Society online, click here and select the recurring donation option.
A donation to BHCHP can help celebrate birthdays, holidays, or other special events, or honor the memory of a loved one.
If you would like to make a tribute gift to BHCHP and have your honoree receive a letter or email informing them of your gift, please click here to donate, being sure the check the boxes and fill out the information in the Tribute Gift section.
Dr. Jim O’Connell Legacy Circle
The Dr. Jim O’Connell Legacy Circle was created to honor the vision and leadership of Dr. O’Connell and to ensure that his work and example will live on for generations. By joining the Dr. Jim O’Connell Legacy Circle, you will help strengthen our mission by making a multi-year commitment to BHCHP. Your gift will serve as a strong foundation of support which will enable us to be nimble in our response to crises and in our planning for the future.
For more information, please contact Linda O’Connor, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Planned Giving: Dennis Buff Bequest Society
In November 2009, BHCHP received a poignant and unexpected bequest from Dennis Buff, a long-time and well-known patient who had died a few months earlier. Dennis is the first patient to leave a bequest to BHCHP and his remarkable story has been the inspiration for the Dennis Buff Bequest Society.
You, too, can leave an enduring legacy by supporting BHCHP’s work through a charitable bequest gift: a distribution in any amount from your estate to a charitable organization through your last will and testament.
And to learn about Dennis Buff, read on:
BHCHP cared for Dennis for years: in his cardboard box under a loading dock at the Wise Potato Chip factory in South Boston; in the hospital; in Barbara McInnis House, our medical respite program; and finally in housing. Dennis struggled with his mental health and with alcohol use. He suffered the usual ravages of the street: frostbite, fractures, and a very deep sense of hopelessness.
He had, like many other homeless patients, called us his “family” and listed us as next-of-kin in all of his diverse medical records and housing applications. With the constant support of his medical team and the staff at the Barbara McInnis House, one of these applications finally succeeded, and Dennis moved into his own apartment in the summer of 2008.
On August 4, 2009, at much too young an age, Dennis passed away. Nearly four months later, we unexpectedly received a moving gift from Dennis: a bequest of several thousand dollars.
Dennis is the first patient to ever leave a bequest to BHCHP, inspiring the board of directors to create the Dennis Buff Bequest Society in honor of him and the impact and messages of his gift: that we are, in the fullest sense, family for many of the patients we serve; and that one does not have to be wealthy to make a bequest of enduring importance.
Gifts of stock
Gifts of appreciated stocks or mutual funds help BHCHP while minimizing your personal tax liability. Tax benefits may include avoiding capital gains tax on the appreciated portion of the donated security and/or a charitable deduction for the full value of the gift. Giving stock or other securities, such as bonds or mutual funds, is simple to do via electronic transfer.
*Please note: Electronic and wire transfers are typically made without identifying the donor. To notify BHCHP of your gift, or for questions or additional information, please contact Linda O’Connor, Chief Development Officer, at 857-654-1050 or email@example.com to help us identify and properly credit your gift when the transfer is made.
Giving Stocks through Electronic Transfer
To arrange an electronic transfer of stocks or mutual funds to BHCHP, you or your stock broker can transfer to:
Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program, Inc.
Reserve Account: 7331-5903
Delivering to DTC Clearing 0164, Code 40
Giving Stocks through Wire Transfer
To arrange a wire transfer of stocks or mutual funds to BHCHP, you or your stock broker can wire to:
Citibank NA, 399 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10022
ABA # 021000089
FBO: Charles Schwab & Co., Inc. A/C #: 40553953
For Further Credit to Schwab Client Account #:7331-5903
Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program Inc.
For assistance, please contact:
Charles Schwab Alliance Team at 800-515-2157.
As a qualified 501(c)(3) nonprofit, BHCHP is grateful to be considered for contributions through donor-advised funds. This is a convenient and effective way to support our patients and our work.
A donor-advised fund, or DAF, is a philanthropic vehicle established at a public charity. It allows donors to make a charitable contribution, receive an immediate tax benefit and then recommend grants from the fund over time. One way to think about a DAF is like a charitable savings account: a donor contributes to the fund as frequently as they like and then recommends grants to their favorite charity when they are ready.
Below, you can also watch a video about one of our donors who gives through a DAF and find a variety of companies and organizations that administer DAFs.
Fidelity Charitable makes it easy to recommend a grant to BHCHP through donor advised funds. Just use the DAF Direct tool to the right to initiate your gift.
Schwab Charitable makes it easy to recommend a grant to BHCHP through donor advised funds. Just use the DAF Direct tool to the right to initiate your gift.
The Boston Foundation
The Boston Foundation makes it possible for donors with donor advised funds to conveniently access their fund information online through Advisor Xpress, a secure site using a personalized user ID and password.
Combined Jewish Philanthropies
Combined Jewish Philanthropies offers donors with donor advised funds the ability to conveniently access their fund information online through its secure and password-protected site.
In-Kind Donation Drives
Please note, that due to space constraints, COVID-19, and long-standing relationships with organizations that provide our patients clothing directly, we are not able to take any donations of clothing and can only accept new in-kind donations. Thank you!
Our patients face the unjust challenges of life in shelters, on the streets, and in temporary housing, while struggling to maintain their health. Among these challenges is acquiring basic necessities. We welcome the help of faith-based groups, schools, colleges and individuals to organize donation drives to help meet the need for these seemingly small, practical items.
Items gathered in these drives can have a tremendous impact. Distributed by our doctors, nurses, and case managers, they not only improve the quality of care we deliver, but also help us develop and maintain the trusting relationships that are such an essential part of our work.
Thank you for your interest in hosting a donation drive to support our patients. If you are an individual or community group, please contact Paige Belfield at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your drive plans. If you are with a company and hoping to host a drive at your place of employment, please contact Edith Gregory at email@example.com. We ask that you please reach out to Paige or Edith prior to starting your drive.
Foundations and Corporations
Financial contributions are the most direct way to make a positive impact. Cash donations and grants of any size go a long way to further BHCHP’s work caring for more than 10,000 individuals and families every year.
While unrestricted giving allows us the most flexibility to meet the needs of our patients, we have several giving priorities in need of funding which include services for families experiencing homelessness, addiction treatment services, dental clinic support, behavioral health services case management services, and patient supplies. We will work with you to find the best fit for your giving needs and will provide you with updates about how your contribution makes a positive difference in the lives of our patients and families.