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Twenty-Five Years and Still Growing Strong

Real Change depends on your support to create immediate opportunity for 600 vendors every year.

Your reader support helped us win nine professional news awards in 2016 alone, and has made us one of Seattle’s most respected community news outlets. 

Because of you, Seattle’s homeless crisis has moved near the top of the city agenda, and is finally getting the attention it should. 

Real Change is a survival strategy for the most poor and a catalyst for social change.  We make an immediate difference in people’s lives while we organize and build for power.

With your support in 2020, Real Change will:

  • Reach new readers and engage new communities.
  • Use new technologies to build an activist newspaper for the digital age.
  • Bridge the race and class divide to support a more united movement for change.
  • Build the leadership and resources we need for long-term sustainability.

Our community makes us strong. Every year, more than sixty percent of Real Change’s financial support comes from readers like you. Nearly another third of our budget comes from paper sales. Each gift makes our essential work happen and shows that there’s a whole community standing behind us.

Click here to donate online now, or mail your gift to 219 1st Ave S, Ste 220, Seattle, WA 98104.
Real Change is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and all donations are tax-deductible.

Ways to Help

Real Change is a reader supported social enterprise. We combine quality news production, fearless social justice advocacy and non-judgmental low barrier employment opportunities for homeless & very low-income people.  We rely on broad-based grassroots donor support to fund approximately 2/3 of our annual budget. The remaining 1/3 of our revenue comes from earned income sources - advertising, circulation sales and subscriptions. There are many ways to support our work. Here’s how.

Cash Donations
Make your gift online - and consider a monthly contribution automatically charged to your bank or credit account. Write a check and mail it to our office at 219 1st Ave S, Ste 220, Seattle, WA 98104

Donate your Automobile
Donating a car is easy! And so is donating other vehicles. Real Change contracts with Charitable Auto Resources (CARs) to streamline the process for you and Real Change. CARs accepts all types of vehicles nationwide — cars, trucks, SUVs, motorcycles, ATVs and even boats. Click here to donate your vehicle and support Real Change.

Make a Gift of Stock
To help you facilitate a gift of stock, please contact us at 206-441-3247, x201, or email

Estate Planning
You can name Real Change as a beneficiary of a portion of your estate. These types of gifts provide long-term financial stability for Real Change and our mission. If you are considering a bequest and need help with specific language, our Development staff is available to answer your questions.

Advertise in Real Change
Advertising with Real Change is a great way to feature your business or event. Visit our Advertisement information page to learn how.

Volunteer Your Time
Real Change relies on responsible, committed volunteers and interns to help us fulfill our mission of organizing, educating, and building alliances to create solutions to homelessness and poverty. Learn more about volunteer opportunities.