To provide anyone in need with a warm coat, free of charge.


That One Warm Coat will become a part of the American lifestyle; that when a coat is no longer needed, people will think of us and donate it; that donors will be warmed by the knowledge that their coats will go directly to children, women and men in need.


Our organization started in 1992 with a Thanksgiving weekend coat drive at one location in San Francisco.  Since then, we have grown to a national organization supporting over 3,000 coat drives each year.


What we do annually

Support over 3,000 Coat Drive Ambassadors by:

  • Providing free instructions, materials, tools and resources
  • Hosting and maintain a searchable database of coat drive events across North America

Assist community nonprofit agencies by:

  • Listing them on our searchable database
  • Assisting them in receiving needed coats

Work with business and brands to:

  • Engage  employees and customers  in giving warmth
  • Develop & support marketing goals and initiatives

What we have accomplished

We have focused on one specific need for 22 years allowing us to:

  • Support more than 20,000 coat drives to date
  • Expand to support coat drives held in all 50 states & 10 countries
  • Collect over four million coats providing over four million people with warmth

Keep our expenses low (with average cost of .50 per coat) allowing us to:

  • Use our funds efficiently with 95% of every $1 supporting our programs
  • Provided over 300,000 children with new coats of their own


Halo Award Cause Marketing Forum
Great Nonprofit Award 2014
Toms 50 States for Good Finalist
White House One Warm Coat Drive
Daily Point of Light Award