You can help the children and families of our area

​Each year, Four Oaks and its affiliates serve more than 27,000 children and families throughout Iowa. Because of our faithful supporters, we are able to fulfill more of our mission to ensure that kids become successful adults.


Ways to Give

Four Oaks is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt nonprofit organization as defined in the Internal Revenue Code. Contributions to Four Oaks are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.

Thank you for generously considering a gift to help our area’s youth heal, hope, and grow.

Cash Gifts

Many companies offer a match for employees’ charitable contributions. This is an easy way for you to double or even triple your gift to Four Oaks. Please contact your Human Resources department for more information.

Donate Online

Donate by Mail

Donations by check can be mailed to:
Four Oaks
Development Office
5400 Kirkwood Blvd. SW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404

Matching and Funds

Employer Match

Check if your employer has a donation match program!

Companies have different donation matching processes. Please check with your company to learn how to maximize your gift to support children.

Are you a Thrivent member?

Through Thrivent Choice, you can contribute to organizations and causes you care about and influence how Thrivent distributes some of its charitable funding.

Learn more about how you can support Four Oaks through your Thrivent membership here.

Donor Advised Funds

Have a Donor Advised Fund? Connect with us below to make donation directly from your account.

Planned Giving

How will you be remembered? Four Oaks celebrates those who have chosen to make a planned gift to our organization through membership in our Oak Leaf Society.


In Kind Gifts

Many of the children and families we serve come to us with very little. Whether it is a donation of clothing that your children have outgrown or an interview suit that helps a parent working toward financial stability, in-kind gifts have a big impact on those we serve.

We are grateful to all of our donors who give items to Four Oaks in hopes that we can find a child or family that can use them. Please keep the following in mind when making in-kind donations to Four Oaks.

Four Oaks will accept the following items:

  • New clothing of all sizes
  • Select furniture in good condition (dressers and other non-upholstered furniture)
  • Select appliances in good, working condition
  • Bed frames in good condition
  • New mattresses. We cannot accept used mattresses.
  • New baby items that meet current safety standards (strollers, highchairs, car seats, etc.). We cannot accept used car seats.
  • Kitchen items (tables and chairs, dishes, pot and pans, glasses, silverware, etc.) in good condition
  • Tickets to special events: Roughrider hockey games, Kernels baseball games, U.S. Cellular Center events/shows, etc.
  • Computers (with a minimum Pentium 4 processor)

Four Oaks cannot accept the following items:

  • Any item needing repair (non-working appliances, computers, broken furniture, etc.)
  • Tube televisions of any size
  • Any furniture, including baby furniture, in poor condition
  • Upholstered furniture
  • Used mattresses
  • Hide-a-beds (regardless of condition)
  • Waterbeds (regardless of condition)
  • Clothing that is torn and/or damaged or in need of mending
  • Toys and/or games in poor condition or with pieces missing
  • Used stuffed animals
  • Used bicycles
  • Computers (with less than a Pentium 4 processor)

Drop-off Hours

Small items (clothing, toys, etc.) can be dropped off Monday – Friday during regular business hours at our Cedar Rapids Smith Center Campus located at 5400 Kirkwood Boulevard SW. If you have larger items that you would like to donate or would like to drop off your donation at another location, please call 319-784-2021 to make arrangements.

Donor Bill of Rights

Philanthropy is based on voluntary action for the common good. It is a tradition of giving and sharing that is primary to the quality of life.

To ensure that philanthropy merits the respect and trust of the general public, and that donors and prospective donors can have full confidence in the nonprofit organizations and causes they are asked to support, we declare that all donors have these rights:

  • To be informed of the organization’s mission, of the way the organization intends to use donated resources, and of its capacity to use donations effectively for their intended purposes.
  • To be informed of the identity of those serving on the organization’s governing board, and to expect the board to exercise prudent judgment in its stewardship responsibilities.
  • To have access to the organization’s most recent financial statements.
  • To be assured their gifts will be used for the purposes for which they were given.
  • To receive appropriate acknowledgment and recognition.
  • To be assured that information about their donation is handled with respect and with confidentiality to the extent provided by law.
  • To expect that all relationships with individuals representing organizations of interest to the donor will be professional in nature.
  • To be informed whether those seeking donations are volunteers, employees of the organization or hired solicitors.
  • To have the opportunity for their names to be deleted from mailing lists that an organization may intend to share.
  • To feel free to ask questions when making a donation and to receive prompt, truthful and forthright answers.

The Donor Bill of Rights was created by the American Association of Fund Raising Counsel (AAFRC), the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP), the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).

Financial Accountability

At Four Oaks we work hard to ensure your dollars make the greatest impact possible. This means putting your dollars directly to work toward the services you choose to support.

We share the stories of some of children and families we serve each year in our Annual Report. View our latest report.

To ensure we are fiscally sound and transparent, each year Four Oaks receives an independent audit of our financial records. To request a copy of our IRS 990, please contact Steve Schuring, Chief Financial Officer, at 319-364-0259 or


To discuss other giving options

Please contact Paula Hill: