Donate to FareStart

FareStart invests in our community, in its people and its future. For every person who graduates from our job training and placement programs, a life is transformed, a family is put back together, or a child is supported. Your donation helps make it possible for us to offer FareStart students culinary training, life-skills classes, housing, food, clothing, counseling, and job placement services. Your support helps create the opportunity they need to transform their lives and develop a self-sustaining future. Thank you.

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FareStart is proud to announce that it has been awarded Charity Navigator’s fourth consecutive 4-star rating! Receiving four out of a possible four stars indicates that our organization adheres to good governance and other best practices and consistently executes its mission in a fiscally responsible way. Only 7% of organizations rated received at least four consecutive 4-star evaluations, indicating that FareStart outperforms most other charities in America. This “exceptional” designation from Charity Navigator differentiates FareStart from its peers and demonstrates to the public it is worthy of their trust. Learn more here. Thank you to all our supporters for your investment in FareStart’s mission and your contribution to our positive impact in the community!

Learn about our Circle of Impact – FareStart’s new donor recognition program for Annual Giving, for gifts of $1,000 or more.

Donations to FareStart are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. FareStart's 501(c)3 Federal EIN is 91-1546757. 


Student Holiday Giving Tree Drive

Print a flyer to use and share! (Holiday Drive List - pdf)

FareStart's students receive wrap-around services while they complete their 16+ weeks of culinary training. In addition to bus passes, housing, counseling, clothing and toiletries, students receive stipends to common retailers so that they can have access to day-to-day essentials. 

This holiday season, please consider donating $25 gift cards from one of the following retailers: Target, Walmart, Bartell Drugs, Old Navy, Ross, Safeway

Gift cards can be dropped off at either the FareStart Restaurant or FareStart's administrative entrance on 7th & Virginia, or mailed to 700 Virginia Street, Seattle, WA 98101. 

If you are interested in organizing a clothing drive for our students, please contact Erika at 206-267-6223 or


Donate by Mail or Phone

Send your check payable to FareStart to:

FareStart - Development Office

700 Virginia St

Seattle, WA 98101

To make a donation over the phone, please call our Donor Relations Manager at 206-267-6224.  We accept Visa, MasterCard, and American Express.

Donate Stock

To help you facilitate a gift of stock, please use the following instructions. If you have a specific question, please contact us at 206-267-6224.

In order to gift securities to FareStart please contact your broker to initiate the transfer. Click here to download a sample letter for your use.

          Forward stock transfers to:

     Morgan Stanley Wealth Management - DTC Number #0015

     Account Name: FareStart (Tax ID# 91-1546757)

     Account Number: 930-106968-183

     Morgan Stanley Contact: Julie Nagan


     Phone: 425-453-5832

Step 2: NOTIFY FareStart

It is important that the donor provide FareStart with information about the gift for audit and acknowledgment purposes.


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Please communicate this information: Donor's full name and complete address, name and number of securities transferred, date of the transfer, specific designation (if any).

Matching Gift Information

Many employers match donations to charitable organizations made by their employees, retirees and family members. Employer matching gifts can double or even triple your donation to FareStart. To initiate a matching gift, check with the personnel or human resources department at your and/or your partner’s place of employment.

If the employer uses a Matching Gift form, please complete and send it to:

FareStart – Development Office

700 Virginia Street

Seattle, WA 98101


Fax: 206-267-7620

Honor and Memorial Gifts

When you make a gift in honor of or in memory of a loved one, we will send the honoree or the family of the memorialized person a special card (see below) notifying them of your gift. Please fill out the "Tribute" section of our online donation form.  Thank you.

               FareStart card sent to honoree of family of memorialized person.

Donate Items for Students

The items below help students as they work hard during the program and begin a new job. New, unopened items (no hotel products please) on the list can be dropped off at the FareStart Administrative entrance at 700 Virginia St., Monday-Friday, 7:45am-4:15pm. If you have any questions about your donation, or to arrange a pick-up, please contact FareStart at (206) 443-1233. Please label the packages before dropping off.  If you would like a receipt that acknowledges your donation and contains tax-deductibility information, please fill out this form and attach it to your donation or send to FareStart at your earliest convenience. Thank you!

· New Unopened Razors (men’s and women’s) (greatest need!)
· New Unopened Deodorant (greatest need!)
· New Single Wrapped Feminine Products (greatest need!)
· New Unopened Single Wrapped Toothbrushes (greatest need!)
· New Pillows/Pillow Cases (greatest need!)
· New Toothpaste (2-3 oz.) (greatest need!)
· New Unopened Shaving Cream
· Bus Passes/Tickets
· New Dental Floss
· New Bar Soap
· New Backpacks
· Small Gift Certificates to Stores with General Merchandise (Bartell Drugs, Old Navy, Ross Dress for Less, Safeway, Subway, Target, Walgreens, Walmart)
· Planners/Calendars
· Movie Passes, Sporting Tickets, Etc. (downtown locations)
· New Towels (bath size preferred)
· New Unopened Shampoo & Conditioner
· New Nail Clippers
· New Travel-size Lotion
· New Mouthwash (non-alcohol, such as Crest Pro Health)
· Flash Drives (with sturdy loop)

Clothing (New items only, please)

· New White T-shirts (size M to XXXL)
· New Socks (white cotton)
· New Underwear
· New Sweat Pants (size M to XXXL)
· New Chef Pants (size M to XXXL)