Creating a lasting impact

As a social nonprofit, volunteering and fundraising are the core of Spinsters.



Spinsters volunteer more than 1,000 hours a year at nonprofits throughout the Bay Area. To deepen our engagement with local nonprofits, each year our members select an organization to support through volunteer service and charitable donations.

All proceeds from our Fundraising Events benefit the Spinsters of San Francisco’s selected nonprofit partner, voted on each spring.


We’re proud to partner with
La Cocina

Spinsters is delighted to partner with La Cocina to work with inspiring local food entrepreneurs. La Cocina is a 501(c)3 nonprofit and best-in-class business incubator program that works with women, primarily immigrant women and women of color, to lower barriers to entry into the food industry for talented working class entrepreneurs. As these entrepreneurs formalize and grow their businesses, La Cocina partners with them by providing affordable commercial kitchen space, industry-specific technical assistance and access to market opportunities. Their vision is that entrepreneurs gain financial security by doing what they love to do, creating an innovative, vibrant and inclusive economic landscape.

Click through our gallery to see some of our favorite moments volunteering with La Cocina!


Spinsters Philanthropic History

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 grown into several Fundraising Events.

Past Spinsters of San Francisco nonprofit partners include: KEEN San Francisco, 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.


Interested in
partnering with us?

Over our nearly 90 year history, Spinsters have fundraised for a broad range of organizations with different community service missions. From assisting the homeless to mentoring youth and working with low income families, Spinsters has supported a variety of service programs targeted to Bay Area needs. Spinsters can elect to renew sponsorship with a sponsored charity two times for a total of three years. Application instructions for the 2020-2021 year will be posted to our website here in spring 2020. Please check back for more information then.

While we dedicate our fundraising efforts to one charity partner organization per year, we are interested in participating in other local fundraising 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.

For questions, please contact our Philanthropy Director @