The Silicon Valley Realtors Charitable Foundation donated $44,665 in 2018 to local nonprofit organizations that help homeless and low-income individuals and families. Funds also went to scholarships for graduating seniors from public high schools in the region.
The Silicon Valley Realtors Charitable Foundation is a trust that makes grants available to organizations from donations by realtors and affiliate members of the Silicon Valley Association of Realtors. In addition to voluntary contributions from members, grants are funded by proceeds from the local trade association’s district fundraisers, like the Los Altos-Mountain View district annual pumpkin auction, which generated $5,500 in October.
“With our members’ continued support and contributions to the communities where they work and live, we are thankful that we are able to continue our commitment to the welfare and prosperity of these communities,” said Eileen Giorgi, president of the Silicon Valley Realtors Charitable Foundation.”
The 2018 grant recipients include Adolescent Counseling Services, which provides a network of skilled family therapists and support groups for teens and young adults in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties; East Palo Alto Kids Foundation, which promotes educational opportunities for students in East Palo Alto and eastern Menlo Park; Westwind 4-H Riding for the Handicapped, which provides children with disabilities the opportunity to have fun while improving their coordination and strengthening their muscles; Youth Community Service, which provides service learning and leadership activities to underserved students in East Palo Alto, Menlo Park and Palo Alto; and Community Services Agency, which provides social services, such as emergency one-time rent and utility financial support, vouchers for clothing, eyeglasses, school supplies, food and more for residents of Mountain View, Los Altos and Los Altos Hills.
Through the Charitable Foundation, SILVAR’s five districts also made donations to local organizations last year. The Los Altos-Mountain View district fall legal update raised $880, which the district donated to Community Services Agency.
The Charitable Foundation Scholars Program presented $1,000 grants to 18 graduating seniors from public high schools in Silicon Valley. The foundation has been assisting students with the scholarship grants for the past 19 years, awarding a total of $342,000 in scholarships to date.
The foundation also supports further education for U.S. veterans. The John Tripp Silicon Valley Realtors Scholarship granted its second $500 award to veterans enrolled at Foothill and De Anza colleges. In 2016, the foundation presented $25,000 to the Foothill-De Anza Foundation, an auxiliary organization of the Foothill-De Anza Community Colleges District, for the creation of an endowment. The late Tripp was a veteran of the Korean War and past president of SILVAR and the Silicon Valley Realtors Charitable Foundation.