Palo Alto Weekly's Holiday Fund campaign kicks off

Annual fundraiser seeks to raise $350,000 to benefit local nonprofit organizations

Each year since 1994, the Palo Alto Weekly Holiday Fund has helped local nonprofit organizations serving children and families through generous donations from the Palo Alto community. This year's fundraiser begins on Friday, Nov. 9, with a goal of $350,000.

Since its inception, the fund has given more than $3 million in grants to local organizations.

The holiday fund strives to reach out into corners of the community that often go unnoticed. It has supported DreamCatchers' tutoring program in expanding a healthy-eating program for low-income Palo Alto middle school students and groups like Breast Cancer Connections in providing free screening and diagnostic services for low-income, at-risk women and men.

"The donations by residents and businesses help foster positive change to make the Palo Alto area a better place for all," said Bill Johnson, founder and publisher of the Palo Alto Weekly.

Grants ranging from $1,000 to $25,000 were awarded to 55 organizations in 2012.

The holiday fund is a partnership with Silicon Valley Community Foundation.

The money raised last year included an anonymous $100,000 donation from a Palo Alto family foundation. The gift was the largest donation ever received by the Holiday Fund.

Each tax-deductible gift that Weekly's readers make is doubled due to matching grants from local foundations, including the Packard and Hewlett foundations and the Peery and Arrillaga family foundations. Administrative costs are absorbed by the Weekly, so 100 percent of each donation goes to the nonprofit organizations, which will be chosen early next year.

People may donate to this year's Holiday Fund online through

The campaign runs through early January 2013.

Read about how one nonprofit, supported by the Holiday Fund, has been helping people in the Palo Alto area.


Posted by Nora Charles, a resident of Stanford
on Nov 9, 2012 at 4:22 pm

Anyway, I would love to see the Palo Alto Humane Society and maybe one or two other struggling groups helping homeless pets be included on the recipient list. That said, thank you for this generous yearly tradition.

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