As a 501(c)3 non-profit, Friends of Downtown SLO relies heavily on fundraising efforts through our community events. During these challenging times, while sheltering at home, we are unable to operate our events like Farmers’ Market which bring in funds through our vendor fees. To ensure we are able to bounce back and continue to put on the events San Luis Obispo has come to know and love, we look to you, our incredible community, and ask for a tax-deductible donation today.

Your donation will allow our staff to continue working on our year-round events and prepare to bring them back to life when the time is right to do so. No donation is too small.

The CARES ACT offers additional benefits come tax time for donations made to aid nonprofits during this emergency:

The CARES Act provides incentives for people to increase their charitable giving as a result of the pandemic, including an above-the-line deduction for non-itemizers for up to $300 for cash contributions made during 2020 to public charities, and the removal of the cap on the deductibility of cash contributions for those who itemize. The goal of these incentives is to encourage giving to non-profits to enable them to meet the increased demands for their services and ensure that they have the needed resources to continue to serve the public.


Friends of Downtown SLO is a 501c3 charitable organization dedicated to ensuring our beloved downtown San Luis Obispo is clean, safe, vibrant, and attractive.

Funds raised through your charitable donation to Friends of Downtown SLO will support the following:

  • Clean and safe efforts, including our successful and proven Ambassador program
  • Beautification and public art
  • Urban forest protection and green spaces
  • Homeless outreach, services and advocacy