Holiday Spirit

Francis Veanatahau, right, plays a game of checkers with Paola Gonzalez (using chess pieces) as Felix Feliciano gets help with his homework from Mayra Chavarria, the third grad group leader, at the Youth Club at the St. Francis of Assisi Church in East Palo Alto on Dec. 11, 2018. Photo by Veronica Weber.

Posted November 18, 2022

Annual Holiday Fund drive kicks off
Charitable giving campaign seeks to raise $600K for local nonprofits

by Palo Alto Weekly staff / Palo Alto Weekly

Lending a much-needed helping hand to those in crisis and strengthening our community have always been the aims of the Palo Alto Weekly Holiday Fund. Now in its 30th year, the annual charitable giving drive is kicking off this week with a goal of raising $600,000 to support local nonprofits that serve children, families and individuals.

Donations from community members will enable Palo Alto-area service organizations to send deserving teens to college, bridge educational gaps, put hot food in hungry stomachs, aid people with disabilities, step in with critically needed services and more.

Every cent of every donation will go to these community agencies because the Palo Alto Weekly and its Holiday Fund partner, the nonprofit Silicon Valley Community Foundation, are absorbing all administrative costs to run the fund. All donations are tax-deductible.

Last year the Holiday Fund gave a record-setting $773,000 in grants to 77 organizations, bringing the fund's total to almost $9 million raised and distributed over its history.

This year, as in years past, generous matching grants from local foundations, including the Packard, Hewlett, Peery and Arrillaga foundations, are doubling each Holiday Fund contribution. A donation of $100 turns into $200 with the foundations' matching gifts.

"It gives us great joy to connect donors with grantees so that so much good work can be done to make lives better," said Bill Johnson, president of the Embarcadero Media Foundation and founder of the Palo Alto Weekly.

For more information about the Holiday Fund, and to read about the impact of agencies that received grants this past year, go to To give a donation online, go to

The Holiday Fund campaign will run through early January. Grants will be awarded to select nonprofit organizations in the spring.

Apply for a Holiday Fund Grant

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 9th, 188 donors have contributed $251,358 to the Holiday Fund.
* indicates amount withheld at donor's request

30 Anonymous107,800
Lani Freeman & Stephen Monismith*
Roy & Carol Blitzer*
George & Betsy Young*
Diana Diamond1,000
Brigid Barton 2,000
Korol Family250
Lawrence R. Yang & Jennifer W. Kuan10,000
Harriet Benson10,000
Arthur Keller250
Diane and Joe Rolfe*
Diane Finkelstein250
Linda & Steve Boxer*
David & Betsy Fryberger400
Jan Aarts*
Judith Appleby300
Donald Barr150
Micri & Bob Cardelli*
Edie Kirkwood1,000
Elaine Hahn1,500
Julie & Dan Lythcott-Haims250
Tess & Eric Byler150
Denise and Jeff Simons*
Keith and Linda Clarke*
Lynn and Andrew Newman*
Anthony & Susan Wood25,000
Maureen O'Connor150
Martha Shirk1,200
Jennifer DiBrienza & Jesse Dorogusker1,000
Diane and Brandy Sikic*
Alicia Newman100
Dorsey & Katherine Bass300
Charles & Barbara Stevens*
Edward Kanazawa300
Karen A. Latchford*
Xiaofan Lin100
Bonnie and Bryan Street*
Denise Savoie and Darrell Duffie*
Marvin & Kate Feinstein500
Carol & Hal Louchheim400
Leonard & Mary Jo Levy150
Eric Keller and Janice Bohman*
Linda& Jerry Elkind*
Barbara Allen100
John B. Florine Galen*
Diane Moore*
The Ely Family500
Scott & Sandra Pearson500
Victoria Befera 100
Richard Johnsson5,000
Christina Kenrick1,000
Kingsley Jack250
Richard Zuanich150
Patti Yanklowitz and Mark Krasnow100
Jody Maxmin*
Thomas Rindfleisch*
Cynthia Costell100
George & Betsy Bechtel200
Ellen M. Lillington200
Tom & Nancy Fiene200
Tom & Patricia Sanders*
Amado & Deborah Padilla250
Margo Sensenbrenner*
Merele McClure250
Joanne Koltnow400
Mindy & David Sitzer*
Marian Adams100
Bruce Campbell*
Scott and Jan Kilner500
Dorothy Saxe100
Barbara Klein*
Dorothy Deringer200
Art and Peggy Stauffer500
Kieschnick family1,000
Ed & Linda DeMeo500
Penny & Greg Gallo500
Elizabeth Salzer & Richard Baumbartner*
Fran Codispoti250
Paul & Jane Millman250
Mahlon & Carol Hubenthal*
Jerry & Bobbie Wagger*
Marcia & Michael Katz200
Scottie Zimmerman100
Bill Reller*
Harry E & Susan B Hartzell100
Ann Burrell & Charles Smith*
Janis Ulevich*
Jack and Susan Thomas*
Julie and Jon Jerome*
Andrea B. Smith100
Leif and Sharon Erickson500
The Havern Family5,000
Gwen Luce and Family*
The Dong Family200
Ted & Ginny Chu*
Theradep Technologies500
Judy Kramer*
Kroymann Family250
Roger & Joan Warnke300
Susan & Doug Woodman150
Charlotte Johansen200
Donald Price*
Freddy & Jan Gabus250
Judy Ousterhout*
Leo & Marlys Keoshian250
Donna Silverberg100
John Keller100
Kingston Duffie & Elizabeth Schwerer500
Margaret Forsyth and Glenn Rennels*
Carolyn Caddes*
Sally & Craig Nordlund500
Barbara Riper*
Katherine Bryant100
Richard & Pat Douglas50
Eileen & Rick Brooks1,000
In Memory Of

August King*
Bob Simoni500
Bob Donald*
David W. Mitchell*
Patricia A. Popp*
Paul Seaver*
Er-Ying and Y.C. Yen250
Chet Brown*
Robert O. Jack150
Duncan Matteson1,000
Michele Wilson*
Leonard Ware*
Bob Donald350
Ray Bacchetti300
Phil Zschokke200
Ted Linden200
Lily & Philip Gottheiner150
Jack Sutorius750
Ruth & Chet Johnson*
Walter Dean*
Nellie Perna Bartello100
Jim and Dottie Mellberg*
Gerald Berner300
Ian Halliday250
David Sager100
Robert Spinrad100
Marie and Don Snow200
Andre Jones *
Steven T. Ross100
In Honor Of

Darla Tupper3,922
Joe Simitian*
Leo & Sylvia Breidenbach and Thomas & Louise Phinney1,000
Gabby Perez & Logan Marsh250
Polly Caddes*
Marilyn Sutorius750
Dr Ron Radzilowski*
Businesses & Organizations

Palo Alto Business Park*
Arrillaga Foundation10,000
Peery Foundation10,000
Angelo Family Foundation 5,000
Hearts & Minds Activity Center75
Alta Mesa Cemetery & Funeral Home2,500

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