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California Voluntary Contribution Funds

California Seniors Special Fund - If you and/or your spouse/RDP are 65 years of age or older as of January 1, 2016 and claim the Senior Exemption Credit, you may make a combined total contribution of up to $218 or $109 per spouse/RDP. Contributions made to this fund will be distributed to the Area Agency on Aging Councils (TACC) to provide advice on and sponsorship of Senior Citizens issues. Any excess contributions no required by TACC will be distributed to senior citizen service organizations throughout California for meals, adult day care, and transportation. Note: Only taxpayers or spouses who claim the senior exemption credit on their California return may contribute to the Senior Special Fund. The contribution amount must not exceed the amount of the senior exemption credit.


Alzheimer's Disease/Related Disorders Fund - Contributions will be used to provide grants to California scientists to study Alzheimer's disease and related disorders. This research includes basic science, diagnosis, treatment, prevention, behavioral problems, and caregiving.


California Fund for Senior Citizens (CSL) - Contributions will provide support to the California Senior Legislature. The CSL is made up of volunteers who develop statewide senior related legislative proposals in areas of health, housing, transportation, and community services to be presented to the State Legislature.


Rare and Endangered Species Preservation Program - Contributions will be used to help protect and conserve California's many threatened and endangered species and the wild lands that they need to survive, for the enjoyment and benefit of you and future generations of Californians.


State Children's Trust Fun for the Prevention of Child Abuse - Contributions will be used to fund programs for the prevention, intervention, and treatment of child abuse and neglect.


California Breast Cancer Research Fund - Contributions will fund research toward preventing and curing breast cancer. Contributions also fund research on prevention and better treatment, and keep doctors up-to-date on research progress.


California Firefighters' Memorial Fund - Contributions will be used for the repair and maintenance of the California Firefighters' Memorial on the grounds of the State Capitol, ceremonies to honor the memory of the fallen firefighters and to assist surviving loved ones, and for an information guide detailing survivor benefits to assist the spouses/RDPs and children of fallen firefighters.


Emergency Food for Families Fund - Contributions will be used to help local food banks feed California's hungry. Each contribution will fund the purchase of much needed food for delivery to food banks, pantries, and soup kitchens throughout the state. The State Department of Social Services will monitor its distribution to ensure the food is given to those most in need.


California Peace Officer Memorial Foundation Fund - Contributions will be used to preserve the memory of California's fallen peace officers and assist the families they left behind.


California Sea Otter Fund - The California Coastal Conservancy and the Department of Fish and Game will each be allocated 50% of the contributions. Contributions allocated to the California Coastal Conservancy will be used for research, science, protection, projects, or programs related to the Federal Sea Otter Recovery Plan or improving the near shore ocean ecosystem, including, program activities to reduce see otter mortality. Contributions allocated to the Department of Fish and Game will be used to establish a sea otter fund within the department's index coding system for increased investigation, prevention, and enforcement action.


California Cancer Research Fund – Contributions will be used to conduct research relating to the causes, detection, and prevention of cancer and to expand community-based education on cancer, and to provide prevention and awareness activities for communities that are disproportionately at risk or afflicted by cancer.


Arts Council Fund - Contributions will be used by the Arts Council to place teaching artists in California schools, revitalize rural and cash-strapped sections of California's economy using arts and cultural initiatives, support local communities through partnership with city and county arts councils, and assist statewide arts networks. No portion of your contribution will be used for the Arts Council's overhead or administrative expenses. The Arts Councils Fund will go directly to Arts Council programs.


Child Victims of Human Trafficking Fund - Contributions will be used to fund, through grants, eligible community-based organizations that agree to provide services to minors who are victims of human trafficking.


School Supplies for Homeless Children Fund – Contributions will be used to provide school supplies and health-related products to homeless children.


State Parks Protection Fund/Parks Pass Purchase – Contributions will be used for the protection and preservation of California’s state parks and for the cost of a Vehicle Day Use Annual Pass valid at most park units where day use fees are collected. The pass is not valid at off-highway vehicle units, or for camping, oversized vehicle, extra vehicle, per-person, or supplemental fees. If a taxpayer’s contribution equals or exceeds $195 the taxpayer will receive a single Vehicle Day Use Annual Pass. Amounts contributed in excess of the parks pass cost may be deducted as a charitable contribution for the year in which the voluntary contribution is made. Any contribution less than $195 will be treated as a voluntary contribution and may be deducted as a charitable contribution. For more information go to


Municipal Shelter Spay-Neuter Fund - Contributions will be used to provide grants to eligible municipal shelters to provide low cost or free spay-neuter services for dogs and cats.


Protect Our Coast and Oceans Fund – Contributions will be used to provide grants to community organizations working to protect, restore, and enhance the California coast and ocean. Contributions will support shoreline cleanups, habitat restoration, coastal access improvements, and ocean education programs.


American Red Cross, California Chapters Fund – Contributions will be used by the American Red Cross, California Chapters for planning and implementing programs for disaster relief in California.


California Senior Legislature Fund – Contributions will be used to conduct the sessions of the California Senior Legislature and to support its ongoing activities on behalf of older persons.


Habitat for Humanity Fund – Contributions will be used to build affordable housing in California.