Do you, like us, believe in the power of storytelling? Your support will help us give voice to stories from around the world and to the passionate artists who have created them. Your support will help us educate, inspire and entertain through film.

Your donation will support CFI’s core programs, the continuation of which relies on the generosity of people like you.


CLICK THE BUTTON ABOVE  to make a secure online donation with a credit card.

TO SEND A CHECK, please make it payable to “California Film Institute”.
Please mail to:
Liana Bender, Development Director
California Film Institute
1001 Lootens Place, Suite 220
San Rafael, CA  94901.

If you would like a stamped, return envelope sent to you, please email or call (415) 526-5838.


You can make a stock transfer directly to the California Film Institute. A gift of appreciated securities is a wonderful way to support our programs while avoiding capital gains tax and qualifying for a deduction (based on the value of the stock). Please contact Liana Bender at or (415) 526-5838 for more information.


Your company may match your contribution! Please check with your employer to find out how you can double the impact of your gift to the California Film Institute.


A charitable gift in your estate plan will help ensure the future of the California Film Institute.
There are many ways to make a planned gift, including:

  • A charitable bequest
  • A charitable remainder
  • A charitable lead trust

If you would like more information about planned giving and benefits offered, please contact Liana Bender at or 415-526-5838.


All donors at the $2,500 level and above will be recognized on-screen at the Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center, in printed publications, on our website and on-screen and in publications during the Mill Valley Film Festival publications and on-screen. Donors at the $2,500 level and above may choose to make an entirely tax-deductible gift, or purchase a pass with a lower tax deduction. Donor level and benefits are offered at $2,500, $5,000, $10,000, $25,00, $50,000, 100,000 and above.