Editorial: Give for the kids

Support local nonprofits through the 23rd annual Holiday Fund

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 living on the edge or in need of social services.

The Palo Alto Weekly Holiday Fund, now in its 23rd year, provides everyone in our community the opportunity to make a donation and know that it will combined with hundreds of others and disbursed to approximately 50 carefully vetted local agencies, mostly in Palo Alto and East Palo Alto.

There are two important reasons why giving to the Holiday Fund uniquely leverages your donation: First, every dollar raised is given away (in the form of grants to nonprofits that apply for funding), and the Weekly and Silicon Valley Community Foundation underwrite all the expenses. So none of your money is spent on overhead or other administrative costs.

And second, thanks to the support of the Packard, Hewlett, Arrillaga, and Peery foundations and a Palo Alto family that wishes to remain anonymous, any donation you make is doubled in size. So if you give $100, the Holiday Fund is able to grant $200 to a worthwhile program serving children and families in our area.

Over the next few weeks, we'll be asking for your donations and publishing the names of those who contribute to help inspire others to give and be publicly thanked.

The list of organizations the Holiday Fund supported this last year are listed online; they include groups in Palo Alto and East Palo Alto that are providing counseling, tutoring, mentoring, reading programs, environmental education, health services, child care, food, shelter, music, art and science curriculum, and much more.

Whether you give $25 or $25,000, it is a powerful statement when hundreds of local people unite around a common philanthropic objective, and combine their giving to raise $350,000 or more to give back to the community.

Many donors make a Holiday Fund gift in memory of a loved one or to honor a friend. To donate, go to Along with the thousands of kids and families that ultimately benefit from your gift, we are grateful for your help.

Donate to the Holiday Fund here.


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9 people like this
Posted by Jason
a resident of Palo Alto Hills
on Dec 2, 2016 at 9:53 am

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Posted by carolskenyon
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Dec 2, 2016 at 11:07 am

carolskenyon is a registered user.

Unlike Jason there re many in our community not only can't afford Christmas but at times don't have enough to eat. I for one whole heartedly support the Weekly Holiday Fund.

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Posted by Native to the BAY
a resident of Barron Park
on Dec 2, 2016 at 3:06 pm

Yet there is no contact information here for those families in Palo Alto needing the very funds being raised???

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Posted by Native to the BAY
a resident of Evergreen Park
on Dec 2, 2016 at 4:10 pm

I just checked with 211 there is zero referrals listed online or over the phone for a Palo Alto low-income resident/families - nothing available to those here who need help. No list to join for help. Salvation Army of Silicon Valley does not help anyone living below the poverty line in this zip code - they practically laughted at me over the phone. United Way Bay Area is located in plush Kearny Street of SF, I doubt they'll be able to help. I left a message with Life Moves in Palo Alto and with CSA in Mountain View. Goodwill is self-serving with a monopoly of wealth at the top. Silicon Valley Community Foundation only distributes the grants but where is the list of organization that provides the help needed for low-income residents of Palo Alto?

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Posted by No
a resident of Crescent Park
on Dec 2, 2016 at 4:23 pm

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Posted by Native to the BAY
a resident of Downtown North
on Dec 2, 2016 at 4:25 pm

Plenty of money around to give but not agency in which to distribute those that gave? Please Palo Alto Weekly clarify your editorial why anyone should give when there seems to be not one local or county location or agency for a low-income family in dire need to get help for the Holidays.

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Posted by @Crescent Park
a resident of another community
on Dec 2, 2016 at 4:47 pm

So Ebenezer Scrooge, how is business these days? Keeping your employees on starvation wages?

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Posted by Town Square Moderator
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Dec 2, 2016 at 5:12 pm

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The list of local organizations that received grants from the money raised by last year's Holiday Fund are listed at Web Link

These organizations are collectively serving those most in need in the community.

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Posted by carolskenyon
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Dec 2, 2016 at 9:55 pm

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Another organization that distributes directly to individuals is the Christmas Bureau of Palo Alto.
You can mail contributions to them. This a strictly a volunteer group helping people.
P. O. Box 51874, Palo Alto, CA 94303

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