Membership Help

frequently asked questions
Q: Can I use my Club membership for Silicon Valley and other special programs such as Inforum or Climate One?

A: Yes. The Commonwealth Club is one unified organization that hosts events throughout the Bay Area including in Silicon Valley and the East Bay. Inforum and Climate One are divisions of the Commonwealth Club and all member benefits apply.

Q: When should I expect to receive my membership card?

A: You will receive your membership card in the mail two to three weeks after joining the Club. Feel free to attend events prior to receiving your card; you will still receive member priced tickets.

Q: Can I sponsor a membership for someone else?

A: Yes, you can purchase a gift of membership for someone else. You pay for the membership (at any level) and the other person receives the benefits. Purchase online or call (415) 597-6708 to purchase over the phone.

Q: Is my Commonwealth Club membership tax deductible?

A: Yes. The Commonwealth Club is a nonprofit organization, and your membership dues are 100 percent tax deductible. The Club is a 501(c)(3) and our federal tax ID number is 94-0399260.

Q: My employer participates in a matching gift program, but requires verification of my contribution. Where can I get the forms and where do I send them? 

A: The human resources department at your company should have the forms. Complete them and send them to Matching Gifts, Commonwealth Club Development, 555 Post Street, San Francisco, CA 94102. Find a list of employers who match gifts to the Club on our matching gifts page.

Q: Can I make a gift in memory of another individual?

A: Yes. Send your contribution to Memorials C/O Commonwealth Club Development Department, 555 Post Street, San Francisco, CA 94102. Provide the name and address of the individual. Acknowledgements will be sent to the donor and the person named who inspired the gift (if appropriate). You may also make your gift online and fill out the tribute section.

Q: Does The Commonwealth Club exchange names and addresses from its membership list?

A: Membership is one of The Commonwealth Club’s most important sources of support, and the Club’s relationship with its members is of an utmost importance. The Commonwealth Club does not sell its membership list to other organizations. However, in order to assist in its membership and fundraising efforts, the Club periodically rents and/or exchanges the names and addresses of its members and former members with other organizations, using a process that does not permit the other organization to review or retain a copy of the membership list. Rental and/or exchange of the list allows the Club to expand its membership base by obtaining the names and addresses of other likely donors, and provides a valuable source of additional funding. Club members have the right not to have their names and addresses provided to other organizations. Members are given the opportunity to indicate this preference in making membership commitments by mail, phone or online. They may change their preference at any time by contacting the Club’s Membership Department by phone at (415) 597-6708 or by e-mail at to request a "no rental or exchange" designation.

Q: How can I include The Commonwealth Club in my will or living trust?

A: You can make a gift (bequest) to the Club through your will or living trust by designating a percentage of your total estate, the residue or a portion of the residue, or a specific dollar amount. See Legacy Giving for sample bequest language and all other pertinent information.

Q: How can I give a gift of stock?

A: Giving appreciated stock to The Commonwealth Club can mean tax benefits for you. Visit our Gifts of Stock page for more information.

Q: How can I update my information (name, address, phone number and e-mail address) online?

A: You can update your name, address, phone number and e-mail address by sending the old and new information to or by contacting the Membership Department at (415) 597-6708.

Q: My membership card has gone missing. How do I re-order it?

A: You can re-order your membership card or by calling 415-597-6708.