There are many ways! You can donate auction items online or fill out a donation form and attach it to your item for drop off in the school office. If you donate online, you do NOT have to turn in a paper form, and it saves the volunteers (who work super hard to put on the Auction) a lot of time and effort. Thank you!


2 ways to donate






what to donate

We ask that every family donate at 1-2 items to support the auction’s fundraising efforts–whether you can attend the event, or not.

Best-selling parent-donated items at the auction include: vacation home rentals, fine wine, champagne or spirits, delicious chocolate, sports tickets and other event tickets.

Creative activities for a group of children also sell well, such as: science experiments, craft projects, movie nights with a special theme, and outings to interesting places. See the “Count-Me-In” flyer for a detailed list of ideas for parent-made items and activities.

• Host a themed dinner party or other social gathering, such as a wine tasting party, beer & cheese pairing, or a dinner party with a guest chef.

• Donate your time and creativity by offering hand-made products such as: a monthly pie delivery, frozen home-made cookie dough, homemade traditional food entrees, decorated birthday cakes, a parking spot in your driveway near Alvarado, or similar items.

what do donors need

You can give donors one of the below letters that provides a description of Alvarado and the auction, as well as a donation form. Most donations are tax-deductible, to extent allowable by law.

auction item solicitation forms:


where to turn in donated items

If you are a parent and have your donation ready for drop-off, please leave them with Melissa in the Alvarado School office after you have made your Donation Pledge online, or attach a completed Donation Form to your item.

Items can also be mailed to:
Alvarado Elementary School
625 Douglass Street
San Francisco, CA 94114

If you are donating fine wine or spirits for the silent auction, please complete the wine/spirits donor form, and drop it off with your donation to our alcohol collection volunteers, on Monday and Friday mornings between 7:45-8:05am. They will be be located at the upper yard picnic tables nearest the cafeteria. Unfortunately, we cannot collect any alcohol in the office, for liability reasons. If you are too busy to drop off wine/spirits donations, please email us to arrange a pick up.

other sponsorship opportunities

Parents and local community businesses are invited to help underwrite the costs of the auction. Individual Parent Sponsors are invited to select a sponsorship level at the time of their auction ticket purchase, on the ticket registration page. Business Sponsors receive promotion through our Alvarado website, the Noe Valley Voice, the Alvarado PTA Annual Report, our Alvarado Newsletter, and via our printed auction invites and posters. Any monetary contribution is greatly appreciated.

If you are interested in sponsoring the auction, please review our Business Sponsorship Levels and contact the auction co-chairs at