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Town Crier Holiday Fund, Los Altos youth group among AFP honorees on 31st Philanthropy Day


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Paul and Liz Nyberg, Los Altos Town Crier publishers, accept the AFP award for the newspaper’s Holiday Fund.

Two Los Altos-based humanitarian endeavors received recognition Nov. 16 at the Association of Fundraising Professionals’ 31st annual Philanthropy Day luncheon at the Santa Clara Marriott.

Los Altos Community Foundation’s E3 Youth Philanthropy program and the Los Altos Town Crier Holiday Fund were among this year’s honorees.

E3 was named Outstanding Philanthropic Youth Organization for 2018 by the association’s Silicon Valley Chapter. The association lauded E3 for “educating, engaging and empowering high school students to bring positive change in their local communities.”

E3 integrates service learning, leadership training and nonprofit grant-making activities. According to community foundation officials, E3 teens have logged nearly 8,500 service hours and awarded 70 grants totaling $120,000 to local community nonprofit agencies that address issues important to youth.

“The student-led E3 program uniquely helps participants become empathetic and effective leaders of tomorrow who understand our community and how to improve it through service and grant-making,” said Joe Eyre, executive director of Los Altos Community Foundation. “We’re proud of this award and the program’s 21st-century curriculum that inspires students to be better citizens and community leaders for tomorrow.”

E3 participants must be residents of Los Altos, Los Altos Hills or Mountain View or attend high school in one of the three communities. Members of E3’s leadership board were on hand to accept the award.

The Town Crier Holiday Fund, now in its 19th year, received recognition as the Outstanding Corporate Grantmaker with less than 300 employees. The Holiday Fund is an annual fundraising campaign that encourages Town Crier readers to contribute over the Thanksgiving and Christmas season. Proceeds are disbursed to 20 local nonprofit organizations selected for maximum effectiveness with little overhead.

Since its inception in 2000, the fund has raised more than $3 million.

The Holiday Fund was nominated for the award by nonprofit recipients Music for Minors, Child Advocates of Silicon Valley, ALearn, Sky’s the Limit Fund and Community Services Agency of Mountain View and Los Altos.

“It was our great honor to nominate Liz and Paul (Nyberg, publishers) and the Town Crier for the Silicon Valley Philanthropy Day award for Outstanding Corporate Grantmaker,” said Sonja Wohlgemuth, executive director of Music for Minors. “Our organizations, along with countless others, for decades have benefited from the leadership of the Town Crier to bring the Los Altos community of donors together to collectively impact thousands of lives.”

“The Holiday Fund is a great example of the way that the Los Altos Town Crier is so community-minded,” said Tom Myers, CSA executive director. “Liz and Paul Nyberg started a great tradition with the Holiday Fund, and so many local nonprofits have made a difference in the lives of many people right here, locally. CSA was so pleased to be a part of the coalition of groups that nominated the LATC Holiday Fund for this honor.”

Silicon Valley Philanthropy Day is the Association of Fundraising Professionals Silicon Valley Chapter’s signature awards luncheon, held each year in conjunction with National Philanthropy Day to honor the contributions of local philanthropists, grantmakers, professional fundraisers and volunteers.

For more information on E3 Youth Philanthropy, email program director Judy Crates at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For more information on the Town Crier Holiday Fund, visit latcholidayfund.org.

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