Local fund seeks Haiti quake relief donations

Silicon Valley Community Foundation donor hopes to raise at least $100,000 in assistance

The Irene S. Scully Fund, a donor-advised fund of Silicon Valley Community Foundation in Mountain View, will provide up to $50,000 in matching money to help Haiti and its people recover from the devastating Jan. 12 earthquake, the foundation announced Wednesday.

Through the Haiti Earthquake Relief Fund, donations will be matched dollar for dollar. The funds will be given to organizations working to provide critical assistance to help Haiti following the worst earthquake there in more than 200 years.

The community foundation Wednesday made the first donation, $10,000.

"In the wake of this enormous human tragedy, it is our responsibility as a center of philanthropy to be a role model for those who want to help," said Emmett D. Carson, CEO and president of the community foundation, in a press release. "We know that this disaster, in one of the world's most impoverished nations, will motivate many in Silicon Valley to give. We want to help channel that generosity."

The Irene S. Scully Family Foundation in Greenbrae focuses primarily on the Bay Area but became interested in Haiti through its work with the What If? Foundation, according to spokeswoman Kathleen Maloney.

"Of course there is immediate need in Haiti. But the needs in Haiti go so far beyond immediate," Maloney said in a press statement.

"Unfortunately, sometimes it takes a tragedy to highlight needs that have existed for some time. I hope this provides and opportunity for us to help Haiti now and in the long term."

Community foundation staff has researched organizations that are on the ground in Haiti and are able to provide effective assistance, according to the news release.

Donations are being accepted online through, or 650-450-5444. Checks also can be mailed to Silicon Valley Community Foundation, 2440 West El Camino Real, Suite 300, Mountain View, CA, 94040, attn: "Haiti Earthquake Relief Fund."

Silicon Valley Community Foundation serves San Mateo and Santa Clara counties and has more than $1.5 billion in assets under management and 1,500 philanthropic funds.

Other organizations helping with recovery efforts in Haiti include Save the Children, World Vision, Partners in Health and American Red Cross.

— Palo Alto Weekly staff

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Posted by Mil
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jan 14, 2010 at 3:02 pm

Kudos to the Irene S. Scully Family Foundation and Silicon Valley Community Foundation for taking such a giant step toward Haiti. The Haitian-American Community in the Bay Area would like to create a website where anyone who wants to volunteer his/her time and talents toward the recovery effort in Haiti, following that devastating earthquake would be able to do so. We are looking for a webdeveloper to help us launch:,
We are looking for input on how to go about bringing this to fruition. This platform should allow anyone to write his/her name, the duration for the services and what area is the individual interested in? (Medical, Transportation, Engineering, teaching, social services, forestry management, public works,communication, etc). Drop us a line: or call us at 650-618-1661.

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Posted by Jason
a resident of Barron Park
on Jan 15, 2010 at 2:59 pm

Will the greater portion of the money go to rebuild the Presidential Palace? I hope so!

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Posted by Sharon
a resident of Midtown
on Jan 15, 2010 at 7:30 pm

Haiti has been an independent republic for 200 years, almost as long as the USA.
Haiti is a chronic disaster throughout its history.
We pay the UN to fix such failed states, they have failed in Haiti, just as they have failed in Africa, Serbia and the Mid East etc.
Haiti has the highest rate of AIDS outside of Africa despite 90+ NGOs working there for years, with no results, the only system that has made a difference are Christian Missionaries.
Of course we need to help out, but the Haitian government is hopelessly corrupt and should not get our funds, it should go to Christian Missionaries and the Red Cross.

Haiti is a major transit point for drugs from Latin America to the USA and Europe, Haiti is controlled by drug gangs and corrupt politicians and has been for decades.

We see no reason why the USA should take a you "own it policy" re Haiti.
It was originally a French slave colony, but that was 200 years ago.
Cuba is the nearest neighbor, where are the 1000s of doctors from that country helping?, they are a few miles away.

This disaster was predictable, if the UN took its job seriously how could they let Port O Prince, which was designed for 100,000 people, grow to 3+ million in shanty towns?
The UN should relocate its headquarters to Haiti or Africa, end its corruption, like the food for oil scandals and become accountable for the money we give and show some results.

The unfortunate fact is that after 72 hours in a tropical climate without water, which has now passed, survivors are doomed.

In Rwanda the UN did nothing to prevent the killings, the riots in Haiti in the next days will be similar tragically with the same UN non action.

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