There are many ways to contribute to Samaritans mission to help people in crisis and prevent suicide and we appreciate your donations in whatever manner best reflects your interests and ability.
In Memory or In Honor of Someone
Donations made in memory of or to honor someone help fund Samaritans programs and services that provide immediate and ongoing support to those in crisis, solace and support to those who have been touched by suicide, and education and training to those who care for and provide services to people who are in distress, depressed and potentially suicidal.
Samaritans will notify the family, friends or loved ones of the person being honored if the contact information is provided with the donation.
Memorials, Tributes and Celebrations
At those times–such as memorials, college graduations, birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, etc.–when it is customary for people to give gifts or donations in their or their family’s name, consider asking that Samaritans hotline, survivor groups or public education program be the designated recipient of people’s charitable giving and generosity (for example, in lieu of flowers or gifts).
Our staff can work with you to present the announcement, invitation or message in a thoughtful manner and will provide you with acknowledgement of those who contributed. To speak with someone in our Development Office, please call (212) 673-3661.
To make a donation now, click here.
Support from Your Friends, Family and Business Associates
Many people choose to raise additional funds for Samaritans programs by asking their friends, family members, colleagues and others in their community to make a donation on their behalf or in memory of their loved one. There are many ways people have chosen to do this–and they can pick what feels most comfortable and rewarding to them.
Some people have donated funds they have raised by running a marathon. Others have collected donations in lieu of gifts at their birthday or for a holiday. Some people have hosted a gathering of friends at their home to raise awareness as well as needed donations. And still others choose to send personalized letters or emails to their contacts, particularly tied to an anniversary or holiday (our office has an easy-to-use Online Fundraising Page that provides pre-written emails that you can edit and send to your contacts in one easy step, should you wish).
You can also ask people to support our work by posting our donor information and/or donation link with a personal message on your Facebook or Twitter page.
To learn more about ways people raise support for Samaritans and to explore ways you may wish to help, please contact our Development Office at (212) 673-3661.
Family Foundations, Bequests and Planned Giving
Some people have a personal or professional relationship with a family or private foundation that would be interested in supporting the work of Samaritans. With an extremely low overhead and the majority of our services provided for free by caring volunteers, Samaritans often fits the charitable profile that family foundations, legal advisers and others seek when determining where to create a fund or invest their philanthropic efforts. Please contact our Development Office for more information at (212) 673-3661.