Hidden Villa Duveneck Dinner Postponement
Original post made by Hidden Villa Supporter, Old Palo Alto, on Sep 15, 2006
After reading the most recent story in the Palo Alto Weekly about Hidden Villa, I am very concerned about Hidden Villa's fundraising picture. Why is fundraising lagging? Most nonprofits struggle with fundraising and balancing their budgets, this is true. But Hidden Villa's sudden cancellation of a 60-year popular summer camp program, amid deep divison and turmoil on its board, seems unusual and in need of closer analysis. Meanwhile, I just received a postcard and newsletter from Hidden Villa announcing postponement of its annual Duveneck Humanitarin Awards Dinner. This event is hugely popular and the largest single community money-raiser for Hidden Villa, held annually in September. Now it's being postponed until April 2007. Why delay the opportunity to raise in the neigborhood of $100,000, as the dinner typically does each year? Something about this just doesn't add up.