https://paloaltoonline.com/square/print/2019/04/23/holiday-fund-drive-raises-record-breaking-411k-for-local-nonprofits


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Holiday Fund drive raises record-breaking $411K for local nonprofits

Original post made on Apr 23, 2019

The Palo Alto Weekly Holiday Fund campaign exceeded expectations this year by raising $411,000 for local nonprofits, the largest amount in its 26-year history.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, April 23, 2019, 9:58 AM

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Posted by Novelera
a resident of Midtown
on Apr 23, 2019 at 2:52 pm

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What wonderful news! So glad to hear these worthy organizations will benefit.


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Posted by Doing The Math
a resident of Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on Apr 23, 2019 at 5:40 pm

Nice humanitarian gesture but...if this fund is like the Red Cross or United Way + other non-profits:

$411K = 10% to the needy ($41K) and the balance ($370K) for administrative expenditures & staff salaries.


Editor's Note: 100% of the funds raised through the Holiday Fund are distributed to the various non-profits receiving grants. The Palo Alto Weekly absorbs all the costs of the program, the advertising promoting it and the reception. All grant recipients provide financial statements with their applications and submit reports on the program funded.


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Posted by Novelera
a resident of Midtown
on Apr 23, 2019 at 5:50 pm

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@Doing the Math. On what facts do you base your speculation that the Weekly Holiday Fund is going to give the recipients who were awarded grants 10%? Boy, there sure are a lot of cranks commenting on Palo Alto Online!


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Posted by Donate now
a resident of another community
on Apr 23, 2019 at 5:51 pm

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Posted by Doing The Math
a resident of Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on Apr 23, 2019 at 6:02 pm

>> On what facts do you base your speculation that the Weekly Holiday Fund is going to give the recipients who were awarded grants 10%?

I am not indicting the PA Weekly but rather once the money is dispersed to various agencies & charities, you have no idea of how it is actually being managed.


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Posted by Annies biped
a resident of Midtown
on Apr 23, 2019 at 11:23 pm

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How sad to paint our local not for profit organizations as profligate spenders on executive salaries. To suggest that there is no indication of how the grants are used once given is a demonstration of intellectual laziness. Most, if not all, of these organizations could provide financial statements that would show clearly where donations/grants are used. All one needs to do is ask. In some cases, the Y's for example, there are annual reports available to the public which clearly show how their funds are used. Thanks to the Palo Alto Weekly for helping our local non profits serve our community! We all benefit from their generosity.


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Posted by Food Donations Are Misleading As Well
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Apr 25, 2019 at 1:17 pm

What bugs me is during the holiday season, grocery stores have these huge bins where they ask people to drop off canned goods for the needy.

I'm OK with that but first you have to buy the canned goods and then the store claims credit for the donation. Since they've already profiteered off the retail sale, more credit should go to those who donated the food rather than the grocery store itself.


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Posted by Charity Begins At Home
a resident of Midtown
on Apr 25, 2019 at 3:06 pm

>> first you have to buy the canned goods and then the store claims credit for the donation.

Agreeing. Why don't the grocery stores simply donate the food directly to the various charities?

Instead the profiteer of the sale & then as you said, get all the credit for the donation. That's not right.

One must use discretion when making a donation these days.

Look at the Clinton Foundation & how they channel the resources.


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Posted by @Midtown
a resident of Mountain View
on Apr 25, 2019 at 3:14 pm

You know what is amusing about types like you? You like complaining about everything...but don't actually anything yourselves.

Which explains the shot at the Clinton Foundation (never mind, of course, that the Trump Foundation was forced to dissolve by way of court order)...