Variety's CARE Program delivers critical LIFE-SAVING medical equipment and services, healthcare and well-being to individual children and children's health organizations. Including special opportunities like the Variety Childcare Pavilion celebrating families at the Abilities Expo!

Variety's FREEDOM Program delivers crucial LIFE-ENRICHING equipment and services for mobility, independence and social inclusion to individual children and children's organizations.

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Variety's FUTURE Program delivers crucial LIFE-ENRICHING communication equipment and services, education and self-esteem to individual children and children's organizations.

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SAVE THE DATE: Friday, September 15th, 2017 for our annual 'Variety Gold Heart Classic' supporting our programs of FREEDOM, FUTURE & CARE enabling us to help more children enjoy their childhood.

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About Us

All children are special. However, Variety – the Children’s Charity of Northern California’s purpose is to serve children who are less fortunate – children who live and grow up with a serious illness, disability or disadvantage. These are extra special children who require a special kind of help.


Variety - the Children’s Charity of Northern California is a registered non-profit charitable organization (Federal Tax ID: 94-1075155). All donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Variety - the Children’s Charity of Northern California is dedicated to delivering life-enriching services and needed funds that build better futures for the children of Northern California, from the Oregon state line down to Bakersfield. We have proudly served the greater Northern California region since 1947 and have evolved into a leader of programs to support the needs of disabled, critically ill and disadvantaged children without proper access or coverage by insurance, hospital services or government agencies.

Today we are very special organization lead by an enthusiastic group of business and community leaders who donate time, resources and energy to positively impact the lives of children in need across our communities. From our headquarters in San Francisco we support thousands of children each year together with our partner agencies, community sponsors and well-minded/caring donors.

Since 1980 we have been operators of a private screening room and lounge space serving the movie industry and public events which generates additional funding for our programs. We also showcase this private theater to the benefit our donor members with selected movie screenings, author readings, and art receptions as our way of saying Thank You to the caring donors of Variety! (And we donate the venue by offering it to youth groups and schools for their use).

Unlike most charitable organizations that focus on a single area problem or issue, Variety focuses on multiple unmet needs of children who are sick, disadvantaged or live with disabilities and other special needs at a local, national and international level. Our aim is to maximize the real, long-term positive social impact for all children. Variety welcomes the support of any person who shares our ideals and objectives – the profound and long-term life changing benefits your donation and support delivers to a child cannot be overstated.

Although Variety’s work is serious, we never forget the importance of having fun. Bringing smiles to the faces of children is a positive and fun experience for Variety volunteers, sponsors and supporters.

We make every effort to ensure fiscal responsibility and effective use of our funding. We perform administration duties as a function of our volunteer-based and dedicated board of directors and undergo yearly a third-party audit. Of course, we can't do everything on our own. We proudly work in partnership with many hard working children’s agencies throughout the Bay Area.

Our Mission

Our Vision

To be Northern California’s most trusted and effective children’s charity delivering every child equality and a future without limits.

Our Mission

To fund and deliver effective programs that address the needs of Northern California children.

Our Promise

Through best practices and professional stewardship, our solutions result in a lifelong positive impact on children, their families and the community.

Why Is Variety's Work Important?

To raise a child with a serious illness or disability costs a family four to five times the cost of a child not living with one or more of these conditions. Through Variety, your donation can forever change the life of a child and their family by helping fund key equipment and services to lessen the financial burden and provide every child with equality and a limitless future.

Large or small, every donation combines to deliver a better future and life to a child in need.

Latest News

Variety Gold Heart Classic | Friday 9.15.17

VARIETY GOLD HEART CLASSICRegistration Now Open!PEACOCK GAP GOLF CLUB 333 Biscayne Dr. San Rafael, CAFriday, September 15th, 2017Rated "Best of the County" by Marin Magazine and located in San Rafael, 25 miles north of San Francisco in the heart of M...

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Variety hosts a Bike Build with Adobe

A special thanks to Adobe Systems and the fantastic San Jose Exec team for participating in the Variety Bike Build! 12 Variety kids will now be receiving bikes, helmets, and locks!

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