Ways to Donate

Money  we give away reflects the change

we want to see in the world. 

Through its quarter-century history, SCI's donors have saved

and changed lives with simple solar thermal cooking technology. 

Donate your IRA required minimum distribution (RMD)

If you are 72 (70 1/2 before January 1, 2020) and older, you can contribute up to $100,000 directly from your IRA to Solar Cookers International to avoid paying income taxes on the distribution. Solar Cookers International is a qualified 501(c)(3) that can receive your Qualified Charitable Contribution by contacting your IRA custodian.  

A required minimum distribution (RMD) is a requirement by the IRS for individuals aged 72 (70 1/2 before January 1, 2020) and older to withdraw from their IRA. RMDs are subject to income taxes and are included in the IRS’ calculation of taxable income.

Donate stocks and securities  

Making a gift of stock is a simple and powerful way to support the work of Solar Cookers International. Some donors are surprised to learn how easy it is to donate shares of stock. Many people choose to make their charitable contributions to SCI through stocks. If you decide to make your gift this way, please let us know so that we can thank you properly. 

You can learn more about the benefits of giving stock or DAF gifts here: https://www.solarcookers.org/about/blog/DAF

To donate stocks, simply authorize your broker to transfer your shares using the information below: 

For the account of Solar Cookers International  

DTC Number: 0164

Account Number: 7981-4815  

Federal Tax ID Number: 68-0153141  

Financial Institution’s Name: Charles Schwab & Co, Inc.

Financial Institutions Address: 211 Main Street, San Francisco, CA 94105 USA

Phone: +1 800-435-4000

Often a mutual fund company will require that an account be established in the name of the donation recipient.  Involving SCI in the establishment of such an account will help ensure SCI receives the funds you wish to donate in a timely manner.  Please note that mutual fund donations require a longer processing time.  

You may designate SCI as a beneficiary for each certificate of deposit (CD).  As CDs mature, the beneficiary designation will need to be resubmitted, or it can be set up to automatically roll over to a new CD and automatically retain the beneficiary.  

Increase your impact through employers’ matching charitable gifts  

Many employers will increase the value of a contribution by matching your charitable gift to SCI. Please consider selecting SCI in a matching gift program if it is available to you. 

Participate in the Our Promise Campaign

Are you a  California state employee? SCI is a participating organization in the Our Promise Campaign: California State Employees Giving at Work. 

For more than 60 years, state employees have joined together annually for a special statewide effort that has raised millions of dollars for nonprofits throughout California and beyond. If you are a California state employee, support SCI through Our Promise now by clicking here.

Direct your Thrivent Choice Dollars®  

Are you a member of Thrivent Financial who’s eligible to direct Choice Dollars®?  

Choice Dollars charitable grant funds can make a world of difference to those cooking over open fires as we work together to share solar cooking worldwide. By directing Choice Dollars, eligible Thrivent members recommend where they feel Thrivent should distribute a portion of its charitable grant funds.  

Directing Choice Dollars is easy. Simply go to Thrivent.com/thriventchoice to learn more and find program terms and conditions. Or call 1-800-847-4836 and say “Thrivent Choice” after the prompt.  

Tributes, Sponsorship, and Naming Opportunities 

Sponsor things such as publications and events. Reach our thousands of contacts. For more information, contact SCI Development Director Lynne Slightom at donor.relations@solarcookers.org, or by phone at +1 916-455-4499 x 808

Donate a vehicle in support of SCI

Do you have a car you no longer need? SCI is participating in the CARS program which allows individuals to donate almost any vehicle from cars and trucks to RVs, boats, and even airplanes in support of a nonprofit. CARS works with hundreds of vendors throughout the country to provide free pick-up with 70% of the proceeds going to SCI. CARS also handles all of the tax paperwork to make the process as easy as possible. 

To donate a vehicle, visit https://www.careasy.org/nonprofit/solarcookersinternational