Gifts to Support Mental Health

Leadership Gifts Donors are a special group of visionary leaders committed to maximizing the impact of the Mental Health Association of San Francisco’s work to improve the mental health of our city’s residents. Through the enthusiasm and dedication of staff, Board members, donors and volunteers, MHASF fulfills its mission to improve mental health in San Francisco through education, advocacy, research and service.

Our work, however, is only possible with your help. Major Gifts enable MHASF to establish new programs, sustain existing core programs not supported through other sources, and fund new and ongoing public policy and education efforts.

As a Major Donor, you will receive the opportunity to partner with us in our innovative efforts to produce systemic social change by promoting mental health in the community and empowering people affected first hand by mental illness.

Benefits of Membership

  • Recognition on the MHASF donor wall
  • Special recognition in MHASF’s annual report
  • Invitations to exclusive events and opportunities to meet and consult with Executive staff and Board members
  • News and updates about mental health and MHASF programs and activities

Major Gifts Levels

  • Visionary: $25,000 and above
  • Benefactor: $10,000 – $24,999
  • Patron: $5,000 – $9,999
  • Bell of Hope: $250 – $4,999

Please consider joining other leaders in supporting the work of MHASF to improve mental health in the diverse communities in San Francisco. For more information please contact Eduardo Vega, President and CEO, at 415-421-1882 or

“MHASF gave me the information and resources I needed to find help and get my life back on track.”
– MHASF Program Participant

Planned Giving

During your lifetime, you can legally arrange for portions of your estate to benefit MHASF and other causes after your death or after the death of your last named beneficiary, in the form of a planned gift. These benefits can take many forms, including cash, personal property and real estate, stocks, bonds, and life insurance. Through a planned gift, your values and dedication to a cause can be remembered and appreciated long after your death.

To find out more or arrange a planned gift for MHASF, please contact Eduardo Vega, President and CEO, at or 415-421-1882.

Types of Planned Gifts:

  • Annuity: A gift that pays a fixed amount, either for life or for a fixed number of years
  • Appreciated assets or property: An estate or other items that have increased in monetary value since they were first purchased
  • Charitable Trust: A trust with a charitable or nonprofit organization as beneficiary
  • Deferred giving: Any method of giving that requires the beneficiary to wait a certain amount of time, such as a year, before using the gift
  • Testamentary Trust: A trust created upon a person’s death, as outlined in his/her will

Corporate and Foundation Funders

In addition to individual donations, we also welcome assistance from corporations and charitable foundations. These larger-scale endeavors are a great way for you and your place of work to show support for our social and political causes, as well as the mental health of San Francisco in general.

For more information or to arrange a corporate or foundation gift, please contact Eduardo Vega, President and CEO, at or 415-421-1882.

Thank you for your support!

Volunteer to Support Mental Health

MHASF is seeking volunteers in the following areas:

  • Graphic design/printing
  • Administrative (stuffing folders, mailings)
  • Computer technical assistance
  • Website design/maintenance
  • Grant writing
  • Strategic Planning
  • Fundraising
  • Event planning
  • And more!

To express your interest in volunteering at MHASF send a resume and cover letter explaining your interest and what skill areas you would like to contribute to the attention of:

MHASF Volunteer Opportunities 870 Market Street, Suite 928 San Francisco, CA 94102 or by email to

For more information on volunteer opportunities at MHASF see our webpage at the Volunteer Center of San Francisco.

MHASF Internships

Are you interested in learning more about the mental health field from the leading experts on mental health policy, advocacy and education?

Are you interested in learning practical skills for working in a fast-paced and professional nonprofit environment?

Do you want to gain solid professional work experience aimed at promoting mental health?

If the answer is yes, then an MHASF internship might be a perfect fit. Our internship program immerses current college students and recent graduates in the day-to-day operations of a successful mental health nonprofit. From policy and education efforts to effective fundraising and communications strategy, interns can expect to develop pertinent skills that will grow their expertise and understanding of how to promote mental health. MHASF is deeply committed to furthering interest and leadership development in the field of mental health.

MHASF promotes empowerment of consumers of mental health services. Persons with personal lived experience of mental illnesses, psychiatric disabilities and/or treatment are highly encouraged to apply.

  • Fall Semester: August/September – December
  • Spring Semester: December/January – May
  • Summer: May/June – August

Interns may apply to extend their internships beyond one semester as well. All summer internships are currently filled, but check back in July for Fall postings. Or feel free to apply at anytime!

Internship description: Education and Training Intern

  • Reports to Community Programs Manager
  • Unpaid Internship
  • 10-20 Hours a week

This internship focuses on developing and updating mental health resource information for the community, data collection for community programs assisting in the coordination of education and training events and initiatives, and other tasks that promote wellness and recovery with a focus on reducing stigma associated with mental health conditions for the diverse communities of San Francisco.

Internship description: Development and Communications Intern

  • Reports to Development and Communications Director
  • Unpaid Internship
  • 12-20 hours/week, 2-3 days

This internship focuses on a diverse range of communication and donor investment strategies relevant to a small non-profit organization including improving MHASF’s visibility, and increasing the number of new individual and corporate investors. The position will play a critical role in the design, plan, and launch of both the social networking plan as well as the end-of-year fund development campaign. The intern will learn specific skills as well as strategies involved in an 18-month development plan.

Read full Education and Training Internship Announcement

To Apply:

Email resume and cover letter to or fax to (415) 421-2928. Applications will be reviewed as they are received. Please state which semester and position you are applying for, why you want to work for MHASF, and number of hours and days/ week available. If you are emailing your cover letter and resume please use the following template in the subject line: MHASF Intern position (internship applying for) Semester – Last name, First Initial. Positions will remain open until filled. Please note this is an unpaid internship. You may also mail applications to: MHASF—Intern Search, 870 Market Street, Suite 928, San Francisco, CA, 94102

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