The 14th annual Town Crier Holiday Fund is underway. The campaign launches earlier than usual this year to extend notice to potential donors. The fund, founded in 2000, supports Silicon Valley nonprofit organizations whose work directly benefits those in need, particularly children.
The Town Crier staff hopes to top last year’s total, which reached $230,000. The fund has raised more than $2 million since its inception.
All contributions to the Holiday Fund are tax deductible – donations are processed through a donor-advised fund at the Silicon Valley Community Foundation. The foundation provides letters acknowledging the contributions and, after Jan. 1, writes checks disbursing the money to the recipients selected by the Town Crier staff.
The 20 nonprofits from last year will again benefit in 2013. Recipients include: ALearn; Bayshore Christian Ministries; Career Closet; Child Advocates of Santa Clara County; the Children’s Health Council; the Community Health Awareness Council; the Community Services Agency’s fresh foods program; the Community School of Music and Arts program for autistic children; Downtown Alum Rock College Prep; the East Palo Alto Kids Foundation; Help One Child; Hidden Villa summer camps; Jeremiah’s Promise; the MERIT program at the Krause Center for Innovation; Music for Minors; Partners for New Generations; Reach Potential Movement; RotaCare; Sunday Friends; and the Veterans Resource Center at Foothill College.
Articles outlining the mission, goals and program needs of each group will appear in upcoming issues of the Town Crier.
To donate online, visit siliconvalleycf.org/latc-holiday-fund.
To donate by check, make checks payable to Silicon Valley Community Foundation/Town Crier Holiday Fund, and mail to 2440 W. El Camino Real, Suite 300, Mountain View 94040.
For more information, visit latcholidayfund.org.