Holiday Spirit

Tempe Javitz, a volunteer tutor with Girls to Women, helps fourth-grader Tonantzi Nava-Gonzalez with her reading homework after school at the tutoring program in East Palo Alto on Dec. 2, 2015. The Palo Alto Weekly Holiday Fund has supported the work of Girls to Women with a grant. File photo by Veronica Weber.

Posted Dec. 16, 2016

Local family gives $100,000 to Holiday Fund
Donor stresses desire to support local causes

A Palo Alto family has made a $100,000 donation to the Palo Alto Weekly Holiday Fund in hopes of inspiring other donors to join them in supporting local programs for kids, families and individuals in need.

The gift is from a family foundation that wishes to remain anonymous and that has made similar gifts for each of the last five years. The funds will be used to match the contributions of other donors.

"This generous Palo Alto family believes strongly in the mission of the Holiday Fund and the efficiency with which we are able to assist many local nonprofits," Palo Alto Weekly publisher Bill Johnson said.

The donors, in a statement accompanying the donation, stressed their desire to support local causes.

"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 want to support these efforts and the Holiday Fund is a superb way to do that," they said.

Since the Weekly and Silicon Valley Community Foundation absorb all of the costs of the program, every dollar that is donated is distributed without any overhead or expenses deducted.

Over the last 23 years, the Holiday Fund has raised and distributed more than $5 million to local nonprofits.

The Holiday Fund program has enjoyed ongoing support from the Packard and Hewlett foundations, the Peery and Arrillaga foundations and several other family foundations. Proceeds from the annual Palo Alto Weekly Moonlight Run, which is held in the fall and has become one of Palo Alto's largest community events, benefit the Holiday Fund.

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Nonprofits serving children and families may apply for funds by downloading our Grant Application Guidelines and Grant Application Form. Application deadline: 11:59 p.m. on Friday, January 13, 2023.

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2022 Recipient Agency

49ers Academy$10,000


Able Works$10,000

Ada's Cafe$25,000

Adolescent Counseling Services$7,500

Art in Action$10,000

Bay Area Friendship Circle$5,000

Beyond Barriers Athletic Foundation$5,000

Big Brothers Big Sisters
of the Bay Area

Blossom Birth & Family$5,000


CASA of San Mateo County$5,000

Children's Health Council$10,000

Christmas Bureau of Palo Alto$5,000

Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto$10,000

Counseling and Support Services for Youth - CASSY$15,000


East Palo Alto Academy Foundation$10,000

East Palo Alto Charter School$5,000

East Palo Alto Kids Foundation$15,000

East Palo Alto Tennis and Tutoring$15,000

East Palo Alto YMCA$10,000

Eastside College
Preparatory School


Family Connections$7,500

Fit Kids Foundation$5,000

Foundation for a
College Education

Fresh Approach$10,000

Friends for Youth$5,000

Friends of the Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo$10,000

Heart and Home Collaborative$10,000

Hope Horizon East Palo Alto$7,500

Jasper Ridge Farm$5,000


Learning Home Volunteers$10,000

Live In Peace$10,000

Magical Bridge Foundation$10,000

Mannakin Theater & Dance$5,000

Marine Science Institute$5,000

Midpen Media Center$7,500

Music in the Schools Foundation$8,000

My New Red Shoes$5,000

New Voices for Youth$5,000

Pacific Art League of Palo Alto$12,000

Palo Alto Art Center Foundation$10,000

Palo Alto Community Child Care $30,000

Palo Alto Players$10,000

Peer Point$20,000

Peninsula Bridge$10,000

Peninsula College Fund$10,000

Peninsula Healthcare Connection$10,000

Peninsula Volunteers$15,000

Peninsula Youth Theatre$5,000

Pursuit of Excellence Scholarship Foundation$20,000

Ravenswood Classroom Partners$20,000

Ravenswood Education Foundation$10,000

Reading Partners
Silicon Valley


Rebuilding Together Peninsula$7,500

Resource Area for
Teaching (RAFT)

Rich May Foundation$5,000

Rise Together Education$10,000

Ronald McDonald House$5,000

Rosalie Rendu Center$5,000

Sager Family Farm$5,000

Silicon Valley
Urban Debate League

St. Elizabeth Seton School$10,000


UNAFF (United Nations Association Film Festival)$10,000



Youth Community Service$25,000

Child Care Grants

All Five$10,000

Covenant Children's Center$10,000

Creative Montessori
Learning Center

Grace Lutheran Preschool$10,000

Palo Alto Friends Nursery School$10,000

Parents Nursery School$10,000

As of December 3rd, 135 donors have contributed $130,677 to the Holiday Fund.
* indicates amount withheld at donor's request

21 Anonymous6,850
Judy Kramer*
Donna Silverberg100
Korol Family250
Charlotte Johansen200
Roger & Joan Warnke300
Eileen & Rick Brooks1,000
Katherine Bryant100
Barbara Riper*
Sally & Craig Nordlund500
Harriet Benson10,000
John Keller100
Judy Ousterhout*
Lawrence R. Yang & Jennifer W. Kuan10,000
Richard & Pat Douglas50
Arthur Keller250
Margaret Forsyth and Glenn Rennels*
Kingston Duffie & Elizabeth Schwerer500
Freddy & Jan Gabus250
Susan & Doug Woodman150
Donald Price*
Carolyn Caddes*
Kroymann Family250
Marian Adams100
Maureen O'Connor150
Martha Shirk1,200
George & Betsy Young*
Jennifer DiBrienza & Jesse Dorogusker1,000
Diane and Brandy Sikic*
Micri & Bob Cardelli*
Alicia Newman100
Dorsey & Katherine Bass300
Anthony & Susan Wood25,000
Diana Diamond1,000
Lynn and Andrew Newman*
Roy & Carol Blitzer*
Elaine Hah1,500
Julie & Dan Lythcott-Haims250
Tess & Eric Byler150
Denise and Jeff Simons*
Keith and Linda Clarke*
Brigid Barton 2,000
Edie Kirkwood1,000
Art and Peggy Stauffer500
The Havern Family5,000
Gwen Luce and Family*
Leo & Marlys Keoshian250
Karen A. Latchford*
The Dong Family200
Ted & Ginny Chu*
Edward Kanazawa300
Scottie Zimmerman100
Charles & Barbara Stevens*
Leif and Sharon Erickson500
Andrea B. Smith100
Richard Zuanich150
Bill Reller*
Harry E & Susan B Hartzell100
Kingsley Jack250
Ann Burrell & Charles Smith*
Janis Ulevich*
Theradep Technologies500
Jack and Susan Thomas*
Julie and Jon Jerome*
Marcia & Michael Katz200
Scott and Jan Kilner500
Penny & Greg Gallo500
David & Betsy Fryberger400
Elizabeth Salzer & Richard Baumbartner*
Linda & Steve Boxer*
Fran Codispoti250
Diane Finkelstein250
Bruce Campbell*
Diane and Joe Rolfe*
Paul & Jane Millman250
Mahlon & Carol Hubenthal*
Ed & Linda DeMeo500
Jerry & Bobbie Wagger*
Dorothy Saxe100
Kieschnick family1,000
Donald Barr150
Barbara Klein*
Dorothy Deringer200
Judith Appleby300
Jan Aarts*
In Memory Of

Ted Linden200
David Sager100
Ian Halliday250
Marie and Don Snow200
Nellie Perna Bartello100
Bob Donald*
Jim and Dottie Mellberg*
Ruth & Chet Johnson*
Ray Bacchetti300
Steven T. Ross100
Lily & Philip Gottheiner150
Gerald Berner300
Phil Zschokke200
Robert Spinrad100
Andre Jones *
Chet Brown*
Paul Seaver*
Er-Ying and Y.C. Yen250
David W. Mitchell*
In Honor Of

Darla Tupper3,922
Joe Simitian*
Leo & Sylvia Breidenbach and Thomas & Louise Phinney1,000
Dr Ron Radzilowski*
Marilyn Sutorius750
Businesses & Organizations

Alta Mesa Cemetery & Funeral Home2,500
Arrillaga Foundation10,000
Peery Foundation10,000
Palo Alto Business Park*
Angelo Family Foundation 5,000

Past Holiday Fund Grant Recipients

2018-2019 | 2017-2018 | 2016-2017 | 2015-2016 | 2014-2015 | 2013-2014 | 2012-2013 | 2011-2012 | 2010-2011 | 2009-2010 | 2008-2009 | 2007-2008 | 2006-2007 | 2005-2006 | 2004-2005 | 2003-2004 | 2002-2003 | 2001-2002 | 2000-2001 | 1999-2000