Weekly's Holiday Fund kicks off today | November 9, 2012 | Palo Alto Weekly | Palo Alto Online |

Palo Alto Weekly

News - November 9, 2012

Weekly's Holiday Fund kicks off today

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

by Sue Dremann

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 the 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 www.PaloAltoOnline.com/holidayfund.

The campaign runs through early January 2012.


There are no comments yet for this post

Post a comment

Posting an item on Town Square is simple and requires no registration. Just complete this form and hit "submit" and your topic will appear online. Please be respectful and truthful in your postings so Town Square will continue to be a thoughtful gathering place for sharing community information and opinion. All postings are subject to our TERMS OF USE, and may be deleted if deemed inappropriate by our staff.

We prefer that you use your real name, but you may use any "member" name you wish.

Name: *

Select your neighborhood or school community: * Not sure?

Choose a category: *

Since this is the first comment on this story a new topic will also be started in Town Square! Please choose a category that best describes this story.

Comment: *

Verification code: *
Enter the verification code exactly as shown, using capital and lowercase letters, in the multi-colored box.

*Required Fields


Save $5 when you register by Monday, July 31

Registration is now open for the 33rd annual Palo Alto Weekly Moonlight Run and Walk. This family-friendly event which benefits local nonprofits serving kids and families will take place on Friday, Oct. 6 at the Palo Alto Baylands.

Register Here