Other Ways to Give

We welcome your generosity in any form.

Find a donation method that is right for you and we’ll put every dollar toward preventing hunger in metro Detroit.

Harvest Circle at Forgotten Harvest

The Harvest Circle is Forgotten Harvest’s major giving society of donors who contribute $1,000 or more annually. A $1,000 gift allows us to provide enough fresh food for 4,000 meals, or $7,000 worth of groceries to people facing food insecurity in Macomb, Oakland, and Wayne counties.

Harvest Circle members are the backbone of Forgotten Harvest, and the majority of our philanthropic revenue comes from Harvest Circle donations. Our Harvest Circle donors provide more than 65% of our operating budget each year.

Harvest Circle members also receive the following benefits:

  • Donor Recognition in our annual report and on the Forgotten Harvest web site
  • An annual Harvest Circle donor appreciation reception
  • Invitations to special ceremonies/announcements
  • A tour of Oak Park facility and Forgotten Harvest Farms
  • A ride-along with a Forgotten Harvest driver for the day

If you’d like to join our Harvest Circle, you can make a contribution by check/mail (15000 W Eight Mile Rd, Oak Park, MI 48237), or become a monthly donor, and/or donate online at www.forgottenharvest.org/donate.

If you have any questions, reach out to Kim Kalmar, Major Gifts Director, at 248-864-7525 or kkalmar@forgottenharvest.org.

Planned Giving

Become part of Tomorrow’s Harvest Society, an honorary group for those who set out to help Forgotten Harvest through their will, estate plan, charitable bequest, or other planned gifts. Planned gifts provide long-term support that strengthens our ability to meet future challenges in the fight against hunger.

If you have already decided to include Forgotten Harvest in your estate plan, please let us know by filling out the Gift Notification Form and sending it to Kimberly Kalmar at kkalmar@forgottenharvest.org.

Explore all the ways you can join Tomorrow’s Harvest Society:

Charitable bequests

By including a bequest to Forgotten Harvest in your will or living trust, you are ensuring we can continue our mission for years to come.

Beneficiary designations

An easy and flexible way to give, you can name Forgotten Harvest as a beneficiary to receive assets such as retirement plans and life insurance policies.

Charitable gift annuities

Establish a charitable gift annuity for Forgotten Harvest through the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan. In exchange for a gift of cash or marketable securities, the Community Foundation agrees by contract to pay a fixed amount each year to one or two beneficiaries for life. The donor is entitled to an immediate charitable income tax deduction the year the gift is made.

Charitable remainder trusts

If you have built up a sizeable estate and are also looking for ways to receive reliable payments, a charitable remainder trust provides a partial charitable income tax deduction and up-front capital gains tax avoidance.

IRA charitable rollover

You can give up to $100,000 of your required minimum distribution from your IRA directly to Forgotten Harvest without having to pay income tax on the distribution. For questions contact your IRA provider or Kimberly Kalmar at Forgotten Harvest.

IRA Beneficiary Designation

There may be tax advantages to naming Forgotten Harvest as a beneficiary of their IRA. Please check with your attorney or Kimberly Kalmar at Forgotten Harvest for further information.

Charitable lead trusts

Give assets to a trust that will provide Forgotten Harvest with set payments for however long you choose. When that time is up, the remaining trust assets go to you, your family, or other beneficiaries you select.

Memorials & tributes

Honor your loved one or celebrate a special occasion with a gift to Forgotten Harvest that will make a huge impact on the lives of those we serve. Simply use the donate form to set up a memorial donation.

Endowed gifts

When you donate to our endowment, you give a gift with both immediate and long-term benefits. A portion of the annual income from the investment is used to address immediate needs at Forgotten Harvest and the remaining funds are reinvested to ensure indefinite support.

Donor advised funds

An easy and cost-effective way to support Forgotten Harvest, donor advised funds act like a charitable savings account where you can transfer cash or other assets to Forgotten Harvest.

If you include Forgotten Harvest in your plans, please use our legal name and Federal Tax ID:

Legal Name: Forgotten Harvest, Inc.
Address: 15000 W Eight Mile Rd, Oak Park, MI 48237
Federal Tax ID Number: 38-2926476

The information on this website is not intended as legal or tax advice. For such advice, please consult an attorney or tax advisor. The figures cited in the examples are for illustrative purposes only. References to tax rates include federal taxes only and are subject to change. State law may further impact your individual results. Annuities are subject to regulation by the State of California. Payments under such agreements, however, are not protected or otherwise guaranteed by any government agency or the California Life and Health Insurance Guarantee Association. A charitable gift annuity is not regulated by the Oklahoma Insurance Department and is not protected by a guaranty association affiliated with the Oklahoma Insurance Department. Charitable gift annuities are not regulated by and are not under the jurisdiction of the South Dakota Division of Insurance.

Orchard of Hope

In partnership with Blake Farms, the Forgotten Harvest Orchard of Hope consists of 500 apple trees on the grounds of Blake’s Big Apple in Armada, MI. Your gift will support the hundred-year lifespan of these trees, which provide roughly 50,000 pounds of fresh apples each fall to feed our community. Memorial and tribute options are available.



Maintains four apple trees for ten years.


Maintains two apple trees for ten years.


Maintains one apple tree for ten years.

To sponsor the Orchard of Hope, call Karen at (248) 864-7526

Gifts of Stock

Appreciated securities held more than one year may allow you to avoid capital gains tax while also receiving a tax deduction for your gift. Marketable securities held by a broker may be delivered by wire through Charles Schwab. Please find our brokerage details here:

Charles Schwab
DTC # 0164
A/C Forgotten Harvest, Inc.
A/C #4324-7993

In advance of transfer, please let us know:

  1. The name of the stock
  2. The number of shares you are gifting so that we may alert our broker to accept these securities and acknowledge the gift properly.

For tax purposes, the Forgotten Harvest EIN number is 38-2926476.


Please contact Kim Kalmar at kkalmar@forgottenharvest.org or (248) 864-7525.

DIY Fundraising

Use your talents and creativity to raise money for Forgotten Harvest. You can take any kind of event (yard sale, office casual day, holiday party) and turn it into a fundraiser – just remember to have fun and do good. Download our DIY Guide to get started, or if you have any questions, reach out to:

Mary Moore-Butler
Community Engagement & Cause Marketing Coordinator

You can also host a Facebook fundraiser. Click here to find out how.

Community Engagement

Engage your organization, church, or school more directly with Forgotten Harvest by getting involved in special partnership opportunities!

  • Group volunteer opportunities
  • Virtual fundraisers
  • Food drives
  • Coins that Count (school fundraising)

If you’d like to hear more about Forgotten Harvest’s mission to alleviate hunger and reduce food waste, and how Forgotten Harvest works to achieve this mission, schedule a virtual or in-person presentation. Presentations typically run about half an hour with time for questions.

Have another idea to engage your group? We’d love to hear it!

To learn more, contact:
Mary Moore-Butler
Community Engagement Coordinator