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News - May 27, 2022

Around Town

RECORD YEAR OF GIVING ... Dozens of local nonprofits have been selected to receive financial support from the Palo Alto Community Fund, which awarded a record 96 grants that total $1.7 million, the organization announced this week. The funds support a variety of causes on Peninsula, including education, families, and improving community relations and vulnerable groups. "We are buoyed by the bold generosity of our donors and the courageous commitment of the ecosystem of our local nonprofit community," Executive Director Lisa Van Dusen said in a May 23 press release. "Through our trust-based approach, PACF provides all-too-rare general operating support that gives our grantees the flexible resources they require to be nimble and responsive to the evolving needs of those they serve." Most of the beneficiaries received annual grants. For the first time, the Community Fund awarded 15 two-year grants. This year's distribution includes five Dave Mitchell Impact Grants, which are dedicated to nonprofits working to address housing security, mental health, food security, child care and education equity in Palo Alto, East Palo Alto and Menlo Park. Those grants were given to Loaves and Fishes Family Kitchen, Palo Alto Community Child Care, Palo Alto University, the Ravenswood Education Foundation (for Ravenswood Talent Initiative) and United Hope Builders. Three organizations were picked for Cammie Vail Executive Director Grants, which is named after the fund's former director who retired in June 2020: Center for Excellence in Nonpofits, Silicon Valley Council of Nonprofits and Thrive, The Alliance of Nonprofits for San Mateo County. For a full list of grantees, visit

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