Your support matters


A Donation to help build brighter futures

Make a direct impact on the community through your support of Oakland Family Services


Donations made to Oakland Family Services immediately begin to build a brighter future for children and families in our community. Your investment is leveraged with the hundreds of individuals whose gifts from the heart help to support early childhood programs that help to prepare children to enter school ready to succeed; parent and child support and education programs that help to nurture healthy parent/child relationships; programs to protect children from abuse and neglect, providing safe and secure homes; and counseling programs to help individuals and families address barriers to change and empower them to thrive. Did you know... Ninety-three cents of every dollar goes directly to providing programs?


“I love all the wonderful things Oakland Family Services does. You can see all the different programs they are active with. It's a wonderful organization.”

Ann Wiedelman | volunteer


The Different ways to Give


Whether you lend a hand by volunteering or you join in and financially support the agency, your help is needed and can be given in any of the following ways:

  • A tribute in honor of a family member or friend’s birthday, graduation, wedding or other occasion

  • A memorial gift which honors the memory of a special person

  • Adopt a Family Program

  • Including Oakland Family Services as a beneficiary in your will or by designating the agency such as in annuities, trusts and pooled income funds

  • Gifts of appreciated assets

  • Grants for specified programs

  • A gift at any time by check, Visa, Mastercard, Discover or AMEX

Holiday programs

Thanks to your help, every year Oakland Family Services is able to provide a Thanksgiving dinner and gifts at the holidays through our Thanksgiving Baskets and Adopt a Family programs. 

These programs provide Thanksgiving dinners for approximately 100 families and gifts at the holidays for about 150 families, who would not otherwise be able to celebrate these holidays.

In addition, volunteers are also sought to help with and provide gifts for our Foster Care Holiday Party, which helps bring happiness to children who are separated from their families at the holidays.

Want to Know More?

To learn more about ways to give or more information on the different ways above, contact Kristin Benton at (248) 858-7766, ext. 1203 or via email at


Your bill of rights as a donor

Oakland Family Services adheres to the Association of Fundraising Professionals’ Code of Ethical Principles and Standards.

ONE: To be informed of the organizations’ mission, of the way the organization intends to use donated resources, and of its capacity to use donations effectively for their intended purposes.

TWO: 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.

THREE: To have access to the organization’s most recent financial statements.

FOUR: To be assured their gifts will be used for the purposes for which they were given.

FIVE: To receive appropriate acknowledgement and recognition.

SIX: To be assured that information about their donations is handled with respect and with confidentiality to the extent provided by law.

SEVEN: To expect that all relationships with individuals representing organizations of interest to the donor will be professional in nature.

EIGHT: To be informed whether those seeking donations are volunteers, employees of the organization or hired solicitors.

NINE: To have the opportunity for their names to be deleted from mailing lists that an organization may intend to share.

TEN: To feel free to ask questions when making a donation and to receive prompt, truthful and forthright answers.


DEVELOPED BY: Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP); Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP); Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE); and Giving Institute: Leading CONSULTANTS TO NON-PROFITS
ORIGINALLY ENDORSED BY: Independent Sector; National Catholic Development Conference (NCDC); National Committee on Planned Giving (NCPG); Council for Resource Development (CRD); and United Way of America