"The needs of the less fortunate in our community continue to grow, and we should all be grateful for the work our nonprofit organizations do to provide a safety net in difficult times," he said. "The Holiday Fund is a great way for those who can afford it to express their appreciation for this important work."
In 2010-2011, the fund raised and distributed $230,000 from more than 400 donors and made 44 grants, mostly to groups in Palo Alto and East Palo Alto. Grants ranged in size from $500 up to $25,000.
The Weekly Holiday Fund is a partnership with Silicon Valley Community Foundation. The Packard and Hewlett foundations are supporting the campaign with matching grants totaling more than $50,000.
People may donate to this year's Holiday Fund online through www.PaloAltoOnline.com/holidayfund. One hundred percent of all donations raised go to the selected organizations, which will be chosen in April.
The campaign runs through early January 2012.
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