The Palo Alto Weekly formally launched its annual Holiday Fund drive this week, with a goal of reaching $350,000, Publisher Bill Johnson announced.
With a mission of helping nonprofits that serve families and children, the fund is supported by matching grants from local charitable organizations, including the Packard, Hewlett, Arrillaga and Peery foundations -- meaning every dollar donated by an individual is matched, doubling the impact of the gift.
"This is a wonderful opportunity to give to nonprofits that work directly in our own back yard," Johnson said. "Our readers have been most generous in the past, and we've been able to continue to serve these tremendous organizations."
Last year the Holiday Fund offered grants, ranging from $1,500 to $25,000, to 55 local organizations, which focus on everything from literacy and hunger to teen counseling and job training. All gifts are tax-deductible and can be made online at www.PaloAltoOnline.com/holiday_fund, or sent to Palo Alto Weekly Holiday Fund, c/o Silicon Valley Community Foundation, 224 W. El Camino Real, Suite 300, Mountain View, CA 94030.
Nonprofits have until Jan. 10, 2014, to submit their applications for funding; guidelines can be found at www.PaloAltoOnline.com/holiday_fund.
Proceeds from the annual Palo Alto Weekly Moonlight Run and Walk in September also support the Holiday Fund.
Read about the Sponsored Employment Program, one of the recipients of funds from the Holiday Fund.