Frequently Asked Questions

Is my financial contribution tax deductible?

Yes, your donation is tax deductable to the fullest extent provided by law. Generally, you will need to deduct the fair market value of any goods or services you receive for your donation. You should always consult the appropriate government entity (Federal, State, City, etc.) or a tax priofessional for the most up to date laws governing your donation. Variety the Childern's Charity of Southern California is a 501 (c) 3 organization Our Tax ID # is 95-1330495. To view our financial documents, please visit:

What are your sources of funding?

Variety of Southern California raises all of its funding through private donations, like yours.

Does Variety SoCal accept vehicle donations?

At this time we do not accept vehicle donations.

How long will it take to receive a receipt for a donation?

For an online donation, an e-receipt is sent within minutes of the successful transaction.
You can expedite your request by submitting an online form (Contact Us form).

How can a donor receive a refund?

Donors can request a refund by contacting us at 323-655-1547 or submitting an online form.

How can a donor verify that their donation has been processed?

Gifts made via credit card can be verified through your credit card company. Gifts made via check can be verified through your bank. Gifts made online can be verified by checking the financial institution you used to pay. Lastly, you can confirm that Variety Southern California has received your donation by contacting us at 323-655-1547 or by submitting an online form.

My credit card was declined several times when I attempted to make a donation on the Variety SoCal website, what should I do?

We are sorry to hear that you had difficulty making a donation. Donations are sometimes declined due to the following reasons:

  • Your personal information did not match with the credit/debit card entered
  • You are currently outside of the US and/or using an international credit card
  • You are within a corporate or government firewall

If you have attempted to donate online and received a “donation declined” message, please check with your financial institution to see if the transaction actually went through.

I live outside the U.S., is this why I am having trouble making a donation?

Donors from outside the U.S. can make a gift as long as their credit card is supported by a U.S. based card company.

Can I dedicate my donation to someone or make a donation on behalf of a person?

Yes. You can make your donation a “tribute” to someone—in their honor, or in memory of a lost loved one. This information is entered in the Honor/Memorial section of the donation form on Donation. If you choose to, Variety Southern California will mail a Tribute Card to your recipient announcing that an Honor or Memorial donation was made by you. You will also receive a email confirmation acknowledging your gift.

How can an individual make a donation in memory or in honor of someone?

When making a donation via Donation, you can select “Honor or Memorial Information” to make a donation in memory or in honor of someone.

Is my credit card information secure?

Yes. Variety Southern California is dedicated to protecting your privacy. Please Click Here to review our privacy policy.

Can I make a payment, donation, or purchase tickets by check?

Yes, to purchase tickets or sponsorships, contact the Variety So Cal home office at 323-655-1547
Make your check payable to:
Variety the Children’s Charity of Southern California
4601 Wilshire Blvd. STE 260
Los Angeles, CA 90010

Can I cancel a donation?

You may be able to cancel a donation or request a refund. You can contact Variety Southern California by calling 323-655-1547 and they will request some information and handle your cancellation/refund. For quickest assistance, please have the details of your transaction ready when you contact us.

I would like to donate clothes, cars, or other items to charity. Does the Variety SoCal accept donated goods?

Generally we are not equipped to handle large donations of clothing, furniture, and the like. However, please feel free to contact us with your specific donation and we may be able to accept your gift, or help you to find a location who can. –Usually donated items will need to be in unused or “like new” condition, in order to be considered. At this time, we do not accept vehicle donations.

Why do you require my email address?

Your email address is required so we can send you a proper acknowledgement of your gift. Details of your donation are found in this email, which you can print or save for tax purposes. Variety Southern California will not sell, trade, or share personal information about our donors with anyone else, nor will we send mailings to our financial donors on behalf of other organizations, unless a donor has given us specific permission to do so.

I made a donation online (or a memorial/in honor of donation) and now I have questions about it. Who can I call?

Please contact us at 323-655-1547 or submit an online form.

Can I make automatic credit card donations and/or a recurring monthly donation to the Variety SoCal?

Unfortunately, our system does not currently support recurring donations. However, this is definitely something we are planning for the future. We will keep you updated via email.