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Transforming  young people’s lives and transforming the fabric of our society.

Here's what your dollars achieve.

Every gift counts. It takes a team of case workers, advocates, trainers, recruiters, prospective parents, and of course, young people to pave paths toward permanency. 

Each step is important and we need your help!


buys supplies for a youth-family event where kids are matched with their life long families. 

NEW: provides cash relief to youth YGB is working with to buy food, supplies, and help meet basic needs.  


supports Nobody Ages Out workshops attended by youth, family, and foster care agencies where attendees brainstorm about matching kids to families. 

NEW: covers the cost of an emergency phone call from a family to YGB staff for talk through difficult situations.  


covers our weekly space rental cost for one of our classes that provides training on how to become a parent to an older kid in foster care. 

NEW: provides an emergency stipend for older youth that have aged out of the system and are living on their own while they wait to be connected to a family.


provides food and supplies for our youth holiday parties where many family connections are made.

NEW: provides twice weekly virtual meet-up for families to check in, talk with YGB staff and each other to get through these challenging times. 


Covers the cost of our home study program that is required to certify an adoptive family.


Covers the cost of a parent attending our 10 week parent training class to prepare them to parent a traumatized child.


Covers the cost of recruitment, training, background checks, home study – everything needed to certify a parent.


No gift is too large or too small as your donation directly benefits our ability to match kids and find parents.


Recent legislation enacted by the president and Congress in March 2020 known as the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (Cares Act) include several provisions that make charitable giving even more advantageous:

New Charitable Deduction for Non-Itemizers

Taxpayers who take the standard deduction rather than itemizing will be able to claim a charitable deduction of up to $300 for cash donations made in 2020.

Higher Deduction Limits

Individuals in 2020 can deduct cash gifts to the extent of their entire adjusted gross income.  Previously it was 60% of adjusted gross income. Additionally, the deduction limit for corporations in 2020 has been raised from 10% to 25% of taxable income.

You Gotta Believe is a tax-exempt charitable organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Our Federal Tax ID # is 11-3272603. Donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law. To send your donation by check, make payable to You Gotta Believe and mail to:

You Gotta Believe
3114 Mermaid Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11224

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