Our 2022 Palo Alto Weekly Holiday Fund campaign raised and granted $773,000, an all-time record in the Weekly's 29th year of raising money for local nonprofits serving families and children. Almost 400 donations of all sizes from individuals, local foundations and family foundations, including many anonymous donations, and the proceeds from the annual Moonlight Run & Walk made it possible to make grants to 77 organizations, also a record number.
A list of the grantees and donors are to the right, and articles written about previous grant recipients over the years are below.
A unique feature of the Holiday Fund is that every dollar raised is given away each year in grants, with no administrative or marketing costs. The Weekly covers all the expenses and donates all the advertising. Silicon Valley Community Foundation serves as the fiscal agent and processes the donations. A team of Palo Alto Weekly employees and retirees review and evaluate all the applications.
It is a tribute to the caring people of the Midpeninsula that almost $9 million has been raised and distributed over the history of the Holiday Fund -- all of it to local nonprofits working hard to serve those most in need in the Palo Alto and East Palo Alto communities. It gives us great joy to connect donors with grantees so that so much good work can be done to make lives better.