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Hidden Villa Duveneck Dinner Postponement
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by Hidden Villa Supporter, Old Palo Alto,
on Sep 15, 2006
After reading the most recent story in the Palo Alto Weekly about Hidden Villa, I am very concerned about Hidden Villa's fundraising picture. Why is fundraising lagging? Most nonprofits struggle with fundraising and balancing their budgets, this is true. But Hidden Villa's sudden cancellation of a 60-year popular summer camp program, amid deep divison and turmoil on its board, seems unusual and in need of closer analysis. Meanwhile, I just received a postcard and newsletter from Hidden Villa announcing postponement of its annual Duveneck Humanitarin Awards Dinner. This event is hugely popular and the largest single community money-raiser for Hidden Villa, held annually in September. Now it's being postponed until April 2007. Why delay the opportunity to raise in the neigborhood of $100,000, as the dinner typically does each year? Something about this just doesn't add up.