Charity work is at the core of the Spinsters’ charter. Each year, our members select a local charity organization to sponsor and support through volunteer service and charitable donations.

Spinsters of San Francisco first began fundraising in 1957 to support Travelers Aid. In 1970 the group decided for the first time to give the proceeds of their Annual Ball to a charity chosen by the members. By the late 1970s, the members separated the Annual Ball into two events: the Annual Ball and the Charity Ball, which has now become the Charity Events. All proceeds from the Charity Events benefit the Spinsters of San Francisco’s selected charity. The charity is chosen by a vote of the entire membership at the first general meeting of the year.

Spinsters of San Francisco is proud to announce our 2016-2017 charity partner, KEEN San Francisco!

Past Spinsters of San Francisco charities include: City of Dreams, Edgewood Center for Children and Families, San Francisco and Marin Food Banks, Oasis for Girls, the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation, Real Option for City Kids, Meals on Wheels, The Arthritis Foundation, Hospice of San Francisco, Diabetic Youth Foundation, Children’s Garden of Marin, Youth Advocates Safe Place Program, The Center for the Education of the Infant Deaf, San Francisco Ballet Dance in the Schools Program, The Alisa Ruch California Burn Foundation, The Omega Boys Club, Camp Okizu, Community Breast Health Project, The Girls After School Academy, A Home Away From Homelessness, Family House, the SF General Hospital Women’s Imaging Center and the Bayview/Hunter’s Point YMCA Just 4 Girls program.

One of the biggest factors in my decision to join the Spinsters was that they're so devoted to charity. Working with KEEN has been an amazing experience, and I'm so glad that they're our partner this year!

Lauren Birnbaum

Interested in Partnering With Us?

Spinsters of SF can elect to renew sponsorship with a sponsored charity two times for a total of three years. Please see the Charity Application Packet regarding our charity selection process as well as an application to be considered. Applications for the 2017-2018 year are due February 28, 2017. Past selected organizations have ranged broadly in community service missions. From assisting the homeless to mentoring at-risk youth, Spinsters of San Francisco have supported a variety of service programs targeted to Bay Area needs.

While we dedicate our fundraising efforts to one charity partner organization per year, we are interested in participating in other local charity events. If you have an opportunity you’d like us to share with our group, please complete an application for one-time volunteers!

We regret that we cannot guarantee participation with every opportunity. However, we will do our best to communicate charity outreach opportunities to our members, with details on how they can get involved.