Thanks to Bank of America for supporting our programs and services. In addition to financial support, Bank of America employees volunteer at Second Chance and donate professional clothing. Pictured: Robert Coleman, President & CEO of Second Chance, and Amber Oliver, Financial Center Manager for Bank of America.

Thanks to Bank of America for supporting our programs and services. In addition to financial support, Bank of America employees volunteer at Second Chance and donate professional clothing. Pictured: Robert Coleman, President & CEO of Second Chance, and Amber Oliver, Financial Center Manager for Bank of America.

"Second Chance gives our community’s disenfranchised new hope and the disempowered personal strength. From this, lives are rebuilt, families reunited and a new way of life realized. This is why I give; a person’s history does not dictate their future and Second Chance provides the pen and paper for someone to write their new story."


(Job Readiness Training graduate, Class 174)

Donate to Second Chance Now

Second Chance does not solicit donations door-to-door.

Become a Second Chance GEM
(Give Every Month)


Provides stable funding for year-round programming. 

Benefits to YOU

  • Convenient, automatic and effective - less paper, stamps and administrative costs means your contribution goes further.
  • Invitation to annual Donor Appreciation Event
  • Recognition on Second Chance website (unless anonymity requested)
  • A single tax receipt for your annual contributions will be sent to you in January 2017

Ways your GEM membership helps Second Chance

  • $10/month – Supports staff helping clients navigate homeless court
  • $25/month – Helps provide therapy sessions to reunite divided families
  • $50/month – Supports our Youth Garden and access to healthy foods
  • $100/month – Helps veterans graduate from Job Readiness Training program

(We know you trust us to designate your donation where it will do the most good.)

How to Join

Call Maureen at 619-839-0953 to authorize your GEM membership over the phone.

Send a Check:

Please make your check or money order payable to San Diego Second Chance and mail to:

Second Chance
Development Department
6145 Imperial Avenue, San Diego, CA 92114.

Donate Online:

Make a tax-deductible contribution by credit or debit card using our secure donation page.  Click on the Donate button to make an online secure donation.

Second Chance never solicits door-to-door for donations. If you are approached by an individual (adult or youth) soliciting cash donations or selling magazines or candy, they do not represent San Diego Second Chance.

Matching Gifts

Employer matching gift programs can double or even triple your donation to Second Chance. Your Human Resources department will have information on your company’s guidelines. Many corporations use an online process; or you can send us the matching gift form along with your donation and we will handle the rest. 

Planned Gifts

You can create a lasting legacy for your favorite charity by remembering Second Chance in your will or estate plans. Trusts, annuities, bequests, life insurance – there are many opportunities to support Second Chance. Start by contacting your estate planner or call our Finance Office at 619-839-0956 for more information.

Give Stock or Other Securities

Gifts of stock, bonds and mutual funds can allow you to support Second Chance while realizing significant tax benefits.  Consult your financial planner and contact Trisha Gooch at 619-839-0950 for our broker’s information.

Gifts of Real Estate

If you own property that is fully paid off and has appreciated in value, an outright gift to Second Chance may be the simplest solution.  You can deduct the fair market value of your gift, avoid all capital gains taxes and remove that asset from your taxable estate. You can transfer the deed of your home or land to Second Chance now and keep the right to use the property for your lifetime and that of your spouse.

Your property opens the door to a unique giving opportunity: donate the property to Second Chance, either now or whenever you no longer need it.  You can give the property outright, place it in trust, retain the use of it for life or give it by will.  All of these methods will enable you to enjoy personal financial benefits while supporting our work in a meaningful way.

In-kind Donations

Second Chance also accepts “in-kind” donations of services, supplies, career clothing, etc. (see list of needed items below). Please contact Second Chance at 619-839-0953 if you have questions or would like to make an in-kind donation.

  • $10 Food Cards from Food 4 Less 
  • Deodorant for men/women
  • Feminine hygiene products such as Kotex and Tampax
  • Hair brushes & combs
  • Tooth Paste/Tooth Brushes
  • Bus Passes/Tokens
  • Disposable Razors
  • Bath towels
  • Laundry detergent
  • Household items/furniture/appliances: bedding, beds, kitchenware, refrigerators, microwaves, dishes, etc. 
  • Tools, equipment and supplies: weed whackers, shovels, brooms, paint rollers, sunscreen, paint, garbage bags, gloves, cleansers, etc. 

Clothing Donations

Due to overwhelming response, we are not currently accepting clothing donations at this time.

What kind of professional clothing or items will we accept?


  • Interview-appropriate suits, related separates and dresses (the greatest need is for items size 14 and up). Please make sure a size tag is available.
  • Solid color blouses, sweaters
  • Black, navy and/or brown shoes suitable for the workplace. Please no heels higher than 3 inches and no open-toed shoes.
  • Unopened hosiery
  • Black tote bags, attaché bags or briefcases
  • Basic professional accessories (including jewelry, scarves, belts and handbags)
  • Coats and outerwear


  • Interview-appropriate suits, related separates (black, navy blue, gray and/or brown are preferred colors). Please make sure a size tag is available.
  • White or solid color shirts
  • Business-appropriate ties
  • Black and/or dark brown shoes
  • Unopened black, dark blue, dark brown socks
  • Black and/or brown belts
  • Black tote bags, attaché bags or briefcases

What kind of clothing or items do we not accept?

  • Suits, separates and dresses that are not interview-appropriate. If clothing is stained, has holes or is out of style and you would not wear it, neither will our graduates!
  • Any suits, separates and/or dresses without size tags
  • Cartoon/holiday ties, scarves, purses
  • Sportswear or casual clothes
  • Evening wear
  • Fur coats
  • Jewelry not appropriate for a professional environment
  • Undergarments
  • Opened or used pantyhose/hosiery

Thank you for considering a tax-deductible donation to Second Chance. San Diego Second Chance is a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) organization. Our federal tax ID# is 33-0539640.  Second Chance never sells or trades our donors’ personal information.  Click here to read our Privacy Policy.

Your gift to Second Chance will be designated toward our clients' essential needs as they work to build careers and better their lives.  Second Chance has been rated as a 4-Star charity by industry-recognized nonprofit watchdog Charity Navigator, which is the highest ranking offered by the organization.  Be assured that by giving to Second Chance, your donations are going into fiscally responsible and transparent hands.

Second Chance FY 2014/2015Annual Audit

Second Chance FY 2014/2015Annual Audit