Ways to Give

Help up continue to change lives through hostelling!

From stately lighthouses to National Parks, busy city centers to remote coastal locales, our Northern California hostel network is unmatched anywhere in the United States, providing quality accommodations and educational programs to some 200,000 people from more than 100 countries every year.

As a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, we are dedicated to promoting intercultural understanding, environmental stewardship, and world peace through travel. Our hostels are not just places to stay, but also places to foster a stronger global community and to educate our youth.

“The organization enables a great many people to travel whom otherwise could not do so, and it is obviously dependent on grants and contributions for a large part of its expenses. Though you might never have thought of this institution as an object of charitable giving, you definitely should.”
--Arthur Frommer, Founder, Frommer's Travel Guides


Overnight fees cover only part of our operational and program costs. Your tax-deductible contribution will help low-income children marvel at their first tide pool or share a meal with people from around the world. Your support will enable us to provide quality facilities and programs to hostel guests of all ages.

We depend on the generosity of our hostel guests and donors to help us:

Introduce hostelling and environmental stewardship to underserved populations. Through the Hostel Adventure Scholarship Fund, low-income students are able to participate in overnight educational programs at our coastal hostels. Most of these children have never before touched the ocean or encountered an elk in the wild. For them it is a life-changing experience.

You can give an Outdoor Hostel Adventure to a child ($50) or to an entire class ($1000+).

Add private rooms and family accommodations and leave your name at our hostels in Point Reyes National Seashore, San Francisco Fisherman’s Wharf, and Point Montara Lighthouse, enabling travelers and families of all ages and diverse cultures to feel comfortable in the hostel environment. We work with families to recognize the contributions of our dedicated supporters through limited naming and memorial opportunities in our hostels.

Your contribution will pay for a bed ($250–500) or endow one of the new family rooms ($5,000+).  Please contact Northwest Regional Vice President Danielle Brumfitt to discuss possibilities, at 1 (415) 863-1444 ext. 311 or danielle.brumfitt@hiusa.org.

Your tax-deductible contribution will truly make a difference! Donations may be designated for general support or to underwrite a particular program or project. The choice is yours. Whatever its size, please know that your contribution will be appreciated and put to good use.

In addition to one-time and recurring gifts, we welcome other types of donations:

Planned Gifts: If you would like to make a gift of stock or property, or if you are considering a bequest, we can translate your love of hostelling into action.

Matching Gifts: More and more companies of all sizes offer matching gift programs so employees can make a significant positive impact in the local community. Simply ask your human resources department to find out if your company matches gifts.

Combined Federal Campaign/United Way Campaigns: If your employer participates in workplace giving through state or national Combined Federal Campaigns or United Way, visit our fund administrator Local Independent Charities of America to locate our CFC number (search for
"American Youth Hostels-Golden Gate Council").

donate to hiusa

Or mail your donation (payable to HI USA) to:
HI USA Northwest Region
1212 Market Street #310
San Francisco, CA 94102

For more information about donor options, please contact Northwest Regional Vice President Danielle Brumfitt at danielle.brumfitt@hiusa.org or (415) 863-1444 ext. 311.

Thank you for your support!

In-Kind Gift

Put your extra tools, equipment, and household items to good use. An in-kind donation is greatly appreciated because it helps our staff keep expenses under control and supports our Green Hostel Project.

Ideas for useful donated items include:

Kitchen: Just like your kitchen at home, hostel kitchens need a mix of dishes, pots, pans, silverware, and small appliances. Think twice before you throw that old toaster in the trash!

Common Room: Our hostels strive to provide an ample supply of videos, travel guides, books, games, and comfortable furniture to make everyone feel at home, and to keep them entertained on a rainy evening.

Maintenance: This is a major expense for hostels because the wear and tear requires constant attention and care. Tools, vacuum cleaners, and landscaping materials are a few of the most requested items.

If you have items to donate, please contact one of our hostels directly, or contact the regional office for a suggestion on where your donation might be put to good use.

Typically we are unable to pick up in-kind donations. If you can’t deliver it to one of our hostels, contact us so we can discuss a solution.

Vehicle Donations

Make your trade-in a vehicle for our mission. There are two free and convenient ways to convert your old car, truck, or RV into a tax-deductible donation.

Since 1997, Cars4Causes has donated over $20 million through car donations accepted on behalf of nonprofits across the country. Providing a simple way to receive the benefit of donated vehicles, they handle every detail, including the paperwork.

To find out how to donate your car, motorcycle, boat, trailer, or RV, visit www.cars4causes.net. Please let them know that you read about them on our website, and thank them for their great work on behalf of our program youth.

Spread the Word

Unfortunately, our hostels and our mission are unknown to most Americans. If you support the work we do and believe we provide a valuable service, please spread the word! There are no limits to how far-reaching the impact of your referrals can be.

Here are a few suggestions to get you started:

  • Encourage family and friends to treat themselves to a unique weekend hostel getaway.
  • Inform out-of-town guests that hostels can lower their vacation costs without compromising value.
  • Invite colleagues to hold a coastside retreat or meeting at a lighthouse hostel with breathtaking views.
  • Teachers, bring your students on a class trip to Sacramento, or an educational adventure at a National Park.
  • Students, partner with our San Francisco hostels for an Alternative Break or service project.
  • Group leaders, take advantage of our quality group accommodations at an unbeatable rate.

Thank you!

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