The Silicon Valley Realtors Charitable Foundation donated $29,500 in grants and scholarships in 2012 to help local communities.
The foundation makes grants to organizations with donations from members of the Silicon Valley Association of Realtors.
Grants are annually presented to nonprofit organizations that help homeless and low-income individuals and families in Silicon Valley.
The 2012 grant recipients include Friends of Deer Hollow Farm, Youth Community Services, the Westwind 4-H Handicapped Riding Institute, JustREAD and the East Palo Alto Kids Foundation.
The foundation’s annual scholarship program also presented $1,000 grants to 18 graduating seniors from public high schools in Silicon Valley. The foundation has provided student grants for the past 13 years.
In addition to voluntary contributions from members, grants are funded by proceeds from the local trade association’s annual charitable foundation golf tournament and fundraiser and contributions from the realtor group’s districts. Donations from the districts included $1,200 for backpacks for needy students through West Valley Community Services and $1,000 to the Cupertino Education Endowment Foundation.