In anticipation of Giving Tuesday, a global effort to celebrate charitable giving, the Palo Alto-based Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation announced Monday its distribution of $500,000 to 20 local organizations providing critical services to women.
The recipients of grants from the foundation's 2015 Community Fund, a portfolio within the foundation's Bay Area Program, will each receive a one-time $25,000 contribution, according to the organization.
The foundation has designed the fund to support work in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties. Separate from the foundation's other portfolios, the Community Fund is managed on a volunteer basis each year by administrative staff at the foundation who, on their own time, identify the annual theme for the fund as well as its grantees.
This year's theme is women's health, wellness and education. The grants will support work around domestic abuse, health, parenting, self-improvement and substance abuse.
"The volunteer-based Community Fund is unique within the foundation's overall grantmaking," said Ken Moore, a trustee and the director of the foundation's Bay Area Program. "With this once-a-year grant fund, we have the honor of supporting wonderful, dedicated organizations working to address important social issues in the region the foundation calls home, and which are otherwise often outside the conservation, science and patient care topics we address through our core grantmaking."
For 2015, the Community Fund team selected the following recipients:
Domestic Abuse: Asian Americans for Community Involvement; MAITRI Charitable Trust; Next Door; The Grateful Garment Project
Full Service: Community Solutions; Girls to Women; Heart of the Valley, Services for Seniors; Live Oak Adult Day Services; Peninsula Family Service; Samaritan House
Health: Bay Area Cancer Connections; Eating Disorders Resource Center; Respite & Research for Alzheimer's Disease
Parenting: Baby Basics of the Peninsula; Blossom Birth Services
Self-Improvement: Bay Area Women's Sports Initiative; Dress for Success San Jose; Learning and Loving Education Center
Substance Abuse: Parisi House on the Hill; Women's Recovery Association of San Mateo County.
Giving Tuesday, referred to on social media as #givingtuesday, occurs on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving as a way to focus people's attention on giving and away from the consumerism of the holidays. Founded in 2012, the idea for the movement is credited to the 92nd Street Y in New York City and the United Nations Foundation and has been supported by U.S. media, high tech and charity partners.