Everything that Coastside State Parks has accomplished over the years is made possible by you, our donors. We know this and we deeply appreciate it. Many of you have donated through the website, contributed during special fundraising days like Coastside Gives or Giving Tuesday or purchased tickets to our events at Año Nuevo. But there are many other options that you may not have been aware of and might find more beneficial.


These include:

● Credit card donations Click here

● Donate by Check Just drop a check in the mail to Coastside State Parks Association, 1 New Years Creek Road, Pescadero, CA 94060.

You can accompany it with this mail-in form

● Wire transfer Contact CSPA at info@CoastsideStateParks.org

● Shop at park stores in Half Moon Bay, Pigeon Point or Año Nuevo Our three stores are chock full of gifts for all ages, from plush sea otters to inspiring and beautiful books about the coast and the natural world.

Store hours

Año Nuevo Dec 15 - Mar 31: 8:30 am - 4:00 pm (Elephant seal breeding season)

Apr 1 - Dec 15: 10:30 am - 3:30 pm weekends, 11:30am - 4:30pm weekdays.

Half Moon Bay Sat/Sun 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Pigeon Point Fri/Sat/Sun/Mon 10:00 am to 4:00 pm





● Donate your unused car! Any vehicle, any condition! Click Here to learn about donating your vehicle. It’s super easy and stress free!

● Participate in fundraising days! The National Giving Tuesday is November 28, 2023 and the local Coastside Gives day is May 2, 2024. These are great times to support our parks!

● Donate Securities, Stocks or Mutual Funds You may be able to donate shares of securities and realize additional tax savings if they have appreciated since you acquired them. Begin by contacting CSPA by email: info@CoastsideStateParks.org 

● Donor-Advised Funds Sometimes referred to as Charitable Gift Funds, are tax-advantaged investments for Charitable Giving. They may hold cash, appreciated assets or investments that have been held for a year or more. You can grant to a charity at any time. Please consult your tax advisor.

● IRA If you’re age 70.5 or older, a QCD (Qualified Charitable Distribution) from your retirement account may be a way to benefit CSPA. While it’s not tax deductible, there’s no income tax due on the distribution. Check with your retirement administrator to confirm the legal requirements. Some accounts support this online.

● IRA Older than 73? Donate tax free with an RMD (Required Minimum Distribution). Traditional IRAs may require a distribution be taken by April 1 of each year after you turn 73. A donation could be tax free when made directly to CSPA. Some accounts provide RMD-valid checkbooks. Consult your tax advisor to confirm the legal requirements.

● Legacy Gift A charitable bequest, depending upon the tax laws, could reduce the estate tax burden on your heirs, especially from IRA accounts. Please consult a financial advisor, and for more information please email info@CoastsideStateParks.org.


Your donations are appreciated and deserve recognition!

To show our appreciation, all donors giving:

● $35 and above in a year receive our newsletter, a 15% discount in the stores, and advance notice of donor-only and fundraising events.

● $250 and above in a year may receive two complimentary tickets to Seal Adventures, a 15% discount in the stores and advance notice of donor-only and fundraising events.

● $500 and above in a year may receive four complimentary tickets to Seal Adventures, a 15% discount in the stores and advance notice of donor-only and fundraising events.


Whichever way you like to donate, you can be assured that we use these funds to improve your park experiences on the San Mateo County coast.

Donate with confidence! We are pleased to report that CSPA has Charity Navigator’s 4-star rating as an official “Give with Confidence” charity.


CSPA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, Federal Identification Number/EIN is 94-3130418)

Article written by Walter Schwartz, Coastside State Parks Association Board Vice President