Palo Alto Weekly

News - November 23, 2012

CampaignNotes

GOING FOR THE GOAL ... Just how much has the Palo Alto Weekly Holiday Fund raised on behalf of local charities since it was launched in 1994? Well, through generous donations from the Palo Alto community, more than $4 million has been raised and distributed in grants over the past 18 years an annual average of $222,222. This year's fundraiser began on Nov. 9 with a goal of $350,000.

DOUBLE THE HAPPINESS ... Each tax-deductible gift made to the Holiday Fund is doubled, thanks to matching grants from local foundations, including the Packard and Hewlett foundations and the Peery and Arrillaga family foundations. In addition, the Palo Alto Weekly and its partner organization, the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, are absorbing the administrative costs of the Holiday Fund, meaning that 100 percent of donations go directly to the nonprofit agencies.

THREE CHEERS ... Last year's campaign got an unprecedented boost in the form of a $100,000 gift from a local family foundation whose members asked to remain anonymous. "We grew up in Palo Alto and have always appreciated the extraordinary services provided by the city, the schools and the many community-based organizations. We wanted to support these efforts so they can continue, especially in these times of tight budgets and increasing needs," the family said in a statement. "The Palo Alto Weekly Holiday Fund is a great way for us to have that support distributed among the worthy projects and organizations in Palo Alto and our surrounding communities."

LEGACY OF LIFE CHANGE ... This past year, 55 nonprofits that serve children, families, seniors and others received grants ranging from $1,000 to $25,000. Through the generosity of the community, nonprofits such as DreamCatchers, a tutoring program, has expanded its healthy-eating program for low-income Palo Alto middle school students. Groups like Breast Cancer Connections is providing free screening and diagnostic services for low-income, at-risk women and men. More information about the Holiday Fund, and details on how to donate, can be found at www.PaloAltoOnline.com/holidayfund. The campaign runs through early January 2013.

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