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Ways To Give

At Dorcas International, a nonprofit that has worked to empower newcomers and Rhode Islanders for 100 years, there are a variety of ways to help. We provide services to hundreds of people throughout the year, and we can always benefit from the support of our community to ensure that our services are available and accessible to those who need it most.

Please consider contributing to our mission by giving a gift today. We are grateful for your can help and generosity.


You can make an even bigger impact by donating long-term appreciated securities directly to Dorcas International. Compared with donating cash, or selling your appreciated securities and contributing the after-tax proceeds, you may be able to automatically increase your gift and your tax deduction.

A gift of appreciated securities may entitle you to a charitable income tax deduction for the fair market value of the gifted securities as of the date of the gift. It may also eliminate capital gains tax that would ordinarily become due if you had sold the appreciated securities on the open market and donated the proceeds from the sale to charity.

To make a gift of securities, please click here to download our securities transfer form.

To make a gift via wire transfer, please contact our Development department 401-784-8707 or

Matching Gifts

Many employers sponsor matching gift programs and will match any charitable contributions or volunteer hours made by their employees. To find out if your company has a matching gift policy, please check with your employer.

If your company is eligible, request a matching gift form from your employer, and send it completed and signed with your gift. We will do the rest. The impact of your gift to Dorcas International may be doubled or possibly tripled! Some companies match gifts made by retirees and/or spouses.

Memorial or Honorary Gifts

A tribute gift can be a very meaningful way to memorialize a loved one, convey sympathy, honor a person’s life and accomplishments, or celebrate a special occasion. Donations are accepted by mail, online, or by phone. For questions, please contact our Development department at 401-784-8707 or

Honorary Gifts

Those being honored will be notified of your gift unless you choose to remain anonymous. Please include the name and address of the honoree so that we may notify them of your thoughtfulness.

Memorial Gifts

Please include the name of the memorialized, along with the name and address of the individual(s) to whom you would like an acknowledgment sent.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of (indicate decedent) to Dorcas International check can be made payable to Dorcas International and can be mailed to:

Dorcas International
Attn: Development Department
645 Elmwood Avenue
Providence, RI 02907

Dress Down Days

Dress down days are easy and fun fundraisers for schools, companies and organizations. It's simple: offer employees or students the opportunity to participate by setting a day set aside for everyone to wear jeans or casual attire in exchange for donating to a designated non-profit organization.

If your company or school offers “Dress Down Days” and you want to designate Dorcas International as the non-profit that receives the donation, please contact us at

In addition to helping your community, you will also create awareness about the impact and services of Dorcas International, and the work we do. Donations are tax-deductible. 

Fundraise with Facebook

It’s a fun, easy way to help promote visibility of Dorcas International while raising much needed funds that will have a lasting impact on the clients that we serve.

For more information on how to create a Facebook fundraiser click here.

Thank you for considering a gift in support of Dorcas International. For additional information or questions, please call 401-784-8707 or contact the Development Office for information.

Mailing Address

Dorcas International
Attn: Development Department
645 Elmwood Avenue
Providence, RI 02907

Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island strives to create a welcoming environment for all, working to empower the most vulnerable among us for more than 100 years. We meet our clients where they are by providing integrated, wraparound programs and services helping those seeking to overcome educational, cultural, economic, and language barriers.