Ways to Donate

There are many ways you can support the California Missions Foundation. The Foundation welcomes individual, foundation and corporate donations, as well as honoraria and memorial tributes. Contributors can also provide for the Foundation in their estate planning.

Your contributions will support a variety of restoration and preservation projects at all 21 missions, but donations can also be earmarked for particular projects or specific missions.

CMF has created a fund for those wishing to help in any way toward assisting in raising general operating funds for our Missions and related historic sites. A contribution of any size will help tremendously as the stewardship of our Missions, Presidios and other related historic sites continues.


Donors wishing to contribute on-line by credit card can use Paypal or our online Store at To indicate which Mission or site you would like to direct your contribution, simply write the name of the Mission or site in the "Note" section.



Checks payable to the "California Missions Foundation" may be sent to:

California Missions Foundation
PO Box 23035
Santa Barbara, CA 93121



And please remember: Many companies match their employees' charitable donations. Be sure to ask your company's human resources department if your donation can be matched.



The California Missions Foundation is pleased to offer a convenient way to show your support, by donating stock. When you donate stock to CMF you will not be responsible for paying taxes on said stock nor its gains, however you will still receive tax credit for the amount of the full stock value on the day that you contribute. If you wish to donate stock to CMF, please have your broker call Schwab at 602-355-9003, with the following information:

Account Name: California Missions Foundation
Account #: 56308578
DTC #: 0164

Please call Foundation staff at (805) 963-1633 or email us at for information on the options available.



In an effort to ensure sustainability, and guarantee that the California Missions will be preserved for years to come, the California Missions Foundation is offering an opportunity to remember us in your estate plan. The following information can be forwarded to your attorney to include the California Missions Foundation in your will, trust or estate:

California Missions Foundation
PO Box 23035
Santa Barbara, CA 93121
(805) 963-1633
EIN: 94-3240152

Because the California Missions Foundation is a secular California nonprofit public benefit corporation, contributions are tax deductible under Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The California Missions Foundation Federal Tax Identification Number is: 94-3240152.

Thank you for your interest in the California Missions Foundation.

The Missions Need Your Help

The California Missions provide each of us the opportunity to walk through time. Like California's great Redwoods, the missions are living history. They reflect the work and inspiration of our forefathers, and the dedication and care of succeeding generations to keep these great compounds vibrant, relevant and - perhaps most important - accessible.

Every year millions of Californians and travelers from across the country and around the world visit the missions. Many of them are California school children who can hear, in the echo of their steps on the aged stone floors, the voices and lessons of the past.

If we are to continue making this special experience possible, we need your support. As you navigate through this Website, you will find there is a purpose for and a need to preserve the missions. You can also learn how you can help to financially support the important work of the California Missions Foundation.

With your assistance, we can save the California missions today for tomorrow. We are asking for your help, and we thank all of you for taking an interest in the California missions and in the Foundation.

Board of Directors
California Missions Foundation

Mission Needs

The restoration needs of California's 21 missions are great, and while there is significant work under way, there is still much to be done.

The California Missions Foundation is actively working to raise in excess of $50 million for a wide range of projects:

  • Seismic retrofitting of mission structures, respecting their historical integrity
  • Stabilization of walls
  • Sealing and waterproofing adobe
  • Improving humidity and temperature controls to protect artwork and artifacts
  • Increasing security, surveillance, sensors and/or staffing
  • Cleaning and repairing art and artifacts
  • Restoring and preserving historic books and manuscripts
  • Restoring landscaping
  • Improving visitor facilities
  • Conducting archaeological research

All of the missions have needs and they are constantly evolving. Earthquakes, weather and the wear from decades of use all take a toll. With the necessary funding, we can conduct the work necessary to assure the missions will continue to serve still more generations of Californians.


Other Ways You Can Help

CMF is now listed on Amazon Smile, so whenever you make an Amazon purchase, if you go to first, you can select California Missions Foundation as your charity and Amazon will donate 0.5% of your purchase to CMF at no cost to you! 

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Mission San Miguel Before Restoration

Mission San Miguel Arcangel before repairs