Palo Alto Weekly Holiday Fund

Each year the Palo Alto Weekly Holiday Fund raises money to support programs serving families and children in the Palo Alto area. Read on for profiles of grant recipients, to be featured each week over the holiday season, highlighting the way each organization has used the funds this past year.

Checks totaling more than $350,000 were handed out to the executive directors of 51 non-profit organizations at a reception held April 24, 2017 at the Palo Alto Weekly, bringing the total distributed over the 24-year history of the Holiday Fund to more than $6.5 million.

Students given the gift of knowledge

The classroom sat in captivated silence in late November as science teacher Scott Bell explained the day's lesson, lecturing from a pristine textbook. Each of the 27 eighth-grade students at St. Elizabeth Seton School... [ Read More ] Posted Dec. 7, 2017

Educating students, one by one

Inside a quiet classroom at Brentwood Academy in East Palo Alto on Monday afternoon, Gyna Monroy reclined on a blue beanbag, carefully reading aloud from a picture book called "There's a Bird on Your Head!"... [ Read More ] Posted Dec. 1, 2017

Ada's Café gives people with disabilities a chance to grow

Wodd Cerf never saw himself as a leader, but he's now a manager-in-training at Ada's Café in Palo Alto. He opens up most mornings with card access to the building, one of his many duties since getting promoted... [ Read More ] Posted Nov. 24, 2017

Junior Museum and Zoo brings hands-on science to the classroom

"I did it!" said Brian, a second-grader at the Los Robles Magnet Academy in East Palo Alto, as he balanced on his finger an upside-down paper cutout of a man. He was the first student in Monica Banuelas' ... [ Read More ] Posted Nov. 17, 2017

Weekly launches 25th year of charitable-giving campaign

This week marks the start of the 25th Palo Alto Weekly Holiday Fund drive, a charitable-giving effort that annually raises about $350,000 for local nonprofit organizations serving children, families ... [ Read More ] Posted Nov. 17, 2017

Editorial: Give for the kids

Don't let the booming Silicon Valley technology-driven economy lull you into thinking that there isn't a continuing divide, even in the affluent Palo Alto area, between those riding high and the many families... [ Read More ] Posted Nov. 17, 2017

Getting justice and a safe home

Jose Cabrera cranked up the heater to full blast in his duplex unit to keep his wife and three children warm. It wasn't the coldest day of the year, nor was the winter excessively frigid. But he was willing ... [ Read More ] Posted Jan. 3, 2017

TheatreWorks encourages playful learning, creativity

"All the world's a stage," according to the king of theater, William Shakespeare. TheatreWorks Silicon Valley has taken that concept to heart by fostering theater skills and creative thinking throughout ... [ Read More ] Posted Dec. 27, 2016

Jasper Ridge Farm connects kids with animals

After 14 brain surgeries over the past three years -- including three this past month -- few things can get 11-year-old Austin Morgan to jump out of his hospital recovery bed and leave his wheelchair ... [ Read More ] Posted Dec. 16, 2016

Children's Health Council aims to aid community's teens

Earlier this year, the Palo Alto Children's Health Council launched the CHC Teen Mental Health Initiative, designed to meet the needs of teens affected by mental health issues -- anxiety and depression ... [ Read More ] Posted Dec. 13, 2016

Tennis coaches, tutors give kids a leg up

The East Palo Alto Tennis and Tutoring (EPATT) program has long sought to show disadvantaged students new possibilities in life, whether a new sport, better academic skills or a local college. It's also... [ Read More ] Posted Dec. 9, 2016

Keeping art in East Palo Alto schools

As first-graders spilled into Amy Modrich's classroom, they marveled at masks set out on desks, picking them up and eagerly asking what they were going to do in class that day. Modrich called the students... [ Read More ] Posted Nov. 25, 2016

Local family gives $100,000 to Holiday Fund

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 ... [ Read More ] Posted Dec. 16, 2016

Palo Alto Weekly's annual Holiday Fund kicks off

Support for the homeless population. Training for developmentally disabled employees. Summer camp for low-income children facing life-threatening illness. Tutoring. Counseling. Science lab materials... [ Read More ] Posted Nov. 18, 2016

Editorial: Give for the kids

Don't let the booming Silicon Valley technology-driven economy lull you into thinking that there isn't a continuing divide, even in the affluent Palo Alto area, between those riding high and the many families... [ Read More ] Posted Dec. 2, 2016

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 January 5, 2018

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2017 Grant Recipients

10 Books A Home
Technology upgrades to enable more effective management of in-home tutoring and literacy program$7,500

Abilities United
In-home education and therapy services for children up to three years old who have or are at risk of developmental delays.$10,000

Ada's Café
Training and support of developmentally disabled employees and high school interns$5,000

Adolescent Counseling Services
On-Campus Counseling Program, providing crisis intervention and prevention services to middle and high school students$15,000

All Students Matter
Volunteer training in literacy and math support for in-class tutoring of TK-5th graders in Ravenswood school district$5,000

Bayshore Christian Ministries
Weekend STEAM tutoring program for Ravenswood district middle school students$5,000

Building Futures Now
Summer math acceleration program and field trips for disadvantaged middle school students preparing to enter high school$5,000

CASSY
School-based mental health services to students and families in Palo Alto elementary schools$7,500

Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto
Legal assistance to East Palo Alto residents facing eviction and other rental housing problems and conflicts$15,000

Community Working Group
BehavioralMoves program teaching children and their parents about managing emotions and improving communication skills$5,000

Downtown Streets Team
Stipends for homeless volunteers who perform community services in downtown Palo Alto as they transition to regular employment$5,000

DreamCatchers
Support for salary of program director position to continue expansion of after-school tutoring to low-income Palo Alto middle school students$10,000

East Palo Alto Kids Foundation
Educator Micro Grants Program, providing up to $600 grants to teachers in schools in East Palo Alto and east Menlo Park$5,000

Family Connections
Early childhood education program for parents of pre-schoolers in East Palo Alto and east Menlo Park.$7,500

Foundation for a College Education
After-school and summer STEAM program for middle school students in East Palo Alto and east Menlo Park$7,500

Friends of Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo
Science Outreach Program providing hands on science instruction at Willow Oaks Elementary School$5,000

Grace Lutheran Preschool
New carpeting, chairs and other site improvements$3,000

Health Connected
Sexual health education instruction in Ravenswood middle schools$2,500

Hidden Villa
Summer camp scholarships $5,000

Jasper Ridge Farm
"Animals Helping Children" program providing animal visits for the children at Ronald McDonald House$5,000

JLS Middle School
Homework Habitat after-school homework and tutoring program three days a week$5,000

Jordan Middle School
Jordan Academic Wellness Support (JAWS) providing after-school study center for students three days a week$5,000

Kara
Spanish language peer grief support program$7,500

The Learning Center
Books and shelving for expanded pre-school "peace and justice" library$3,000

Marine Science Institute
Environmental and marine science education program for low-income students$5,000

Midpeninsula Community Media Center
Art and video production collaboration with EPACenter Arts and Building Futures Now for 75 young East Palo Alto artists$5,000

Mural Music & Arts Project
Mural and coloring book project in collaboration with Ravenswood Family Health Center and College Track$5,000

Music in the Schools Foundation
Music education in Ravenswood school district$5,000

New Creation Home Ministries
Parenting and life skills classes for teen mothers in East Palo Alto$5,000

New Voices for Youth
Video production training for middle school students at the Boys and Girls Club in East Palo Alto$3,000

One East Palo Alto
Summer job and mentoring program for at-risk East Palo Alto youth$5,000

Palo Alto Art Center Foundation
Cultural Kaleidoscope, an arts-education program linking Palo Alto and East Palo Alto schools and using professional artists$5,000

Palo Alto Community Child Care
New play structure at College Terrace Children's Center$10,000

Palo Alto Friends Nursery School
Repair of hazardous cracked concrete walkways$3,000

Palo Alto School District Music Department
Purchase of loaner musical instruments for Palo Alto students who reside in East Palo Alto$5,000

Palo Alto Housing
Summer Entrepreneur's Club program for middle school youth who live in low-income housing sites operated by Palo Alto Housing$5,000

Parents Nursery School
Improvements to play yard$3,000

Peninsula Bridge
Saturday High School Academy program to support low income students develop skills for success in high school $5,000

Peninsula HealthCare Connection
Health care services provided at the Opportunity Center clinic$5,000

Project WeHOPE
Classes and counseling to support the homeless, including referrals to health and social service agencies$15,000

Pursuit of Excellence
Scholarship support for low-income students transferring from community college to a UC campus$5,000

Quest Learning Center
Parent education workshops for parents of 2nd to 5th graders in East Palo Alto $7,500

Ravenswood Education Foundation
Science lab materials for schools in the Ravenswood school district$7,500

Silicon Valley Urban Debate League
Summer debate camp for at-risk students in East Palo Alto$5,000

St. Elizabeth Seton School
Implementation of new science curriculum for middle school students$10,000

St. Francis of Assisi Youth Club
Mental health services and therapy for at-risk East Palo Alto elementary students and their parents$5,000

St. Vincent de Paul
Summer camp scholarships for East Palo Alto kids attending Hidden Villa camp$7,000

TheatreWorks
TheatreWorks for Schools program, providing age-appropriate performances, discussion and artistic learning opportunities$5,000

YMCA
Summer STEM program for Buena Vista Mobile Home Park students attending Barron Park Elementary School$7,500

Youth Community Service
Support of Summer of Service day camp scholarships, service clubs at local middle and high schools, service days and life skills programs for at-risk teens$20,000

Youth Speaks Out
Expresive arts program enabling teens whose voices may not be otherwise heard to collaborate on artistic projects with each other and supportive adults$20,000

As of December 4, 2017, 178 donors
have donated $217,925
* indicates amount withheld

15 Anonymous$5,510
New Donors

Roger Warnke300
Jennifer DiBrienza & Jesse Dorogusker250
Carroll Harrington100
Diane Sikic*
Cynthia Costell100
Daniel Cox200
John & Pat Davis*
Betty Gerard100
Jim Lewis*
George & Betsy Young*
Merrill & Lee Newman250
Mike & Cathie Foster500
Diane Doolittle*
Roger Smith300
Lani Freeman & Stephen Monismith100
Page & Ferrell Sanders100
Laurie Jarrett*
Ellen Place Lillington200
David & Virginia Pollard150
Hugh McDevitt250
Mandy Lowell*
Bobbie & Jerry Wagger*
Al & JoAnne Russell300
Robert & Barbara Simpson*
Robyn Crumly100
Vic Befera100
John & Mary Schaefer*
Suzanne & Bert Bell*
Carolyn Brennan*
Drew McCalley & Marilyn Green100
Lee & Judy Shulman100
Lawrence Yang & Jennifer Kuan1,000
Veronica Tincher*
Michael Couch250
John & Florine Galen*
Julie & Jon Jerome*
Sally & Abdo Kadifa1,000
Judith & Warren Goodnow300
Don & Dee Price45
Jan Thomas & Roy Levin*
In Memory Of

Yoko Nonaka100
Our loving parents Albert & Beverly Pellizzari*
Don & Marie Snow100
Carol Berkowitz200
Bertha Kalson*
Marsha Alper250
Ronald Popp*
Organizations

Bleibler Properties500
Previously Published

Burce Campbell200
Diane & Bob Simoni200
Dennis Clark150
Leif & Sharon Erickson250
Arden King25
Richard Alexander1,000
Scott & Jan Kilner500
Stephen & Nancy Levy500
Elaine & Eric Hahn*
Bill Johnson & Terri Lobdell1,000
Keith Clarke200
Havern Family5,000
Dorothy Kennedy200
Gwen Luce and Family*
Janis Ulevich100
Hamilton Hitchings250
Andrea Smith100
Bonnie Berg*
Ellen & Mike Turbow200
Ruth Hammett*
Lijun & Jia-Ning Xiang100
Phil Hanawalt & Graciela Spivak1,000
Nancy & Joe Huber100
Ann & Don Rothblatt500
Felecia Levy100
Elizabeth Kok*
Carol Bacchetti*
Virginia & Don Fitton25
Ted & Ginny Chu*
Judy Ousterhout*
Ruth Rosenbaum100
Glenn Affleck25
Judy Kramer*
Dorothy Saxe*
Lawrence Naiman100
Steven Feinberg5,000
Freddy & Jan Gabus250
Susan & Doug Woodman 150
Brigid Barton1,000
Margot Goodman100
Peter Stern*
Sally & Craig Nordlund500
Joe & Marlene Prendergast*
Carol & Roy Blitzer*
Sally O’Neil & Ken Bencala100
Chris & Beth Martin*
Judith Appleby300
Margaret Fisher50
Phil Fernandez & Daniel Sternbergh*
Betsy & George Bechtel100
Marcia Katz200
Beth Marer-Garcia25
Richard Mazze100
Greg & Penny Gallo500
Braff Family500
Chris Kenrick1,000
Art Stauffer500
Kenyon Family500
William DeBord1,000
Linda & Steve Boxer*
Eugene & Mabel Dong200
Barbara Riper*
Harry & Susan Hartzell100
Jim & Alma Phillips500
Elizabeth Salzer & Richard Baumgartner*
Luca & Mary Cafiero500
Tom & Pat Sanders*
Teresa Roberts2,000
Joanne Koltnow300
Hal & Iris Korol250
Kaaren & John Antoun1,500
Ellen & Tom Ehrlich400
Richard & Tish Fagin200
Chuck & Jean Thompson100
Godfrey Family100
Dorsey & Katherine Bass300
Judith & Hans Steiner100
Sue Kemp250
Cathy & Howard Kroymann250
Gordon Chamberlain300
Denise Savoie & Darrell Duffie*
Micki & Bob Caredelli*
Joan Norton*
Rosalie Shepherd100
Diane Moore*
Don & Adele Langendorf200
Jody Maxmin*
Gerald & Joyce Barker*
In Memory Of

Yen-Chen & Er-Ying250
Dr. Nanci Yuan1,000
Jim Byrnes100
Ruth & Chet Johnson*
Bob & Nancy Lobdell*
Pam Grady250
Helen Rubin500
Tracy & Alan Herrick*
Ken Sletten*
Nate Rosenberg150
Bob Donald100
Duncan Matteson500
Thomas W. & Louise L. Phinney*
Leo & Sylvia Breidenbach*
Florence Kan Ho*
Dr. David Zlotnick250
Janet H. Hermsen200
Jack Sutorius300
As a Gift For

Ned & Judy Lund*
Ada’s Café50
In Honor Of

Elaine Hahn*
Carolyn Reese300
Marilyn Sutorius300
Organizations

Palo Alto Weekly Moonlight Run & Walk53,745
Sponsors of Moonlight Run:
    Palo Alto Medical Foundation5,000
    Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati Foundation5,000
    Stanford Federal Credit Union5,000
    Palantir5,000
    DeLeon Realty5,000
    Wealth Architects5,000
    Facebook5,000
    Lakin Spears2,000
    Bank of the West1,000
Peery Foundation10,000
Arrillaga Foundation10,000
Packard Foundation 25,000
Hewlett Foundation25,000
Good Bear & Co. Charitable Fund5,000
Alta Mesa Cemetery & Funeral Home1,800
Attorney Susan Dondershine200

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 January 5, 2018