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Help local children in need start the school year with the tools they need to succeed!

Lead a Back to School Drive! Collect backpacks and school supplies for low income children in your community this summer. Register your company, social club, favorite local shop, or another group today to help underprivileged children start the school year prepared and ready to learn.

Holiday Wish Drive

Send Children to School Prepared

Leading a Back to School Drive is an incredible way to help local kids in need just in time for the new school year. Last year, generous donors supported more than 21,000 Bay Area students in need with backpacks and school supplies. Many others still need our help!

Lead a Drive

About Our Drives

Thanks to our very generous community, more than 26,000 local children in need received backpacks and school supplies last August. These donations provide the tools essential for a child's education; tools they would otherwise have to start school without.

More than 388,000 children are enrolled in the Federal Free or Reduced Price Meal Program (Title I) in the Bay Area; criteria we use for targeting backpack recipients. These children face many barriers to success in the classroom, including engaging in career fields related to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Supply-filled backpacks provide necessary tools for students, the critical first step to help them soar.

We send backpack cards that can be displayed on accompanying posters to groups interesting in donating. Individuals have two ways to participate: select a card, shop for a new backpack, and fill it with the recommended school supplies; or provide funds, either by mail or online, and we will purchase the items on your behalf. Please plan on bringing all backpacks your group collects to our warehouse in August (location TBA).

More than 388,000 children are enrolled in the Federal Free or Reduced Price Meal Program (Title I) in the Bay Area; criteria we use for targeting backpack recipients. These children face many barriers to success in the classroom, including engaging in career fields related to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Supply-filled backpacks provide necessary tools for students, the critical first step to help them soar.

When leading the Family Giving Tree Back to School Drive, you’re sending kids to school with the tools they need to succeed. Back to School wish cards are sent in June to companies, groups, and organizations who want to donate. Wish Drive leaders post the cards for their co-workers, friends, and family to choose from, and shop for. Backpacks and supplies are collected and brought to our warehouse by these individual volunteers. Once the drive is complete, our Elves distribute them to low-income students via teachers and school service agencies. It's not too early to plan for your Back to School Drive! Register today!

Important Dates

What are your fellow Elves up to, anyway?

Now: Register to Lead a Drive!
June 3rd: BTS Kick Off Luncheon
Mid-June: Drive materials mailed
July: Priority volunteer registration
August: Backpacks Due!

Date: May 2014

Back to School Kickoff Luncheon

Time: TBA
Location: TBA

Join the Family Giving Tree as we kick off our 2014 Back to School Drive! Host companies are welcome to join the Elves for lunch and to pick up their drive materials. Invitations will be mailed soon!

Virtual Giving Trees

Looking for an alternative for those who cannot purchase a physical backpack? Setting up a custom Virtual Giving Tree is easy! This option makes participation possible for individuals without time to shop, or employees working remotely. It also offers the chance to give after the physical gift deadline has passed. Your custom Virtual Giving Tree includes a personalized webpage with your group’s logo and name and a continuously updated counter that tracks participation and total donations. For more information: Email Dawn, FGT Host Coordinator or call (408) 946-3111 Ext. 226

4 Tips For a Successful Drive

  • Display your posters and/or cards in very visible, heavily trafficked areas. Keep materials fully stocked, and motivate your group with a progress thermometer!

  • Have your advocates post materials and spread the word via email, social networking or even in person. Link to our YouTube channel or share pictures from our photo albums!

  • Reminders! A little motivation like candy or a notecard with announcements never hurts. Need help with your announcement? Contact us today!

  • Coordinate a launch event (lunch, ice cream social, dance party, etc.) and get your group excited about the Family Giving Tree. The more they know the more they’ll want to be involved.

Ready to lead your own drive? Let’s go!