Holiday Fund celebrates 20 years of support for nonprofits

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The Los Altos Town Crier Holiday Fund is launching its 20th year supporting local nonprofit organizations that serve a wide range of needs in the community.

The Holiday Fund raised approximately $215,000 in 2019. This year’s fundraising target is $220,000.

There are changes for this year’s campaign. The number of nonprofits supported by the fund has decreased from 20 to 16, with emphasis on organizations with ties to the Town Crier communities of Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View. Seven previously supported nonprofits are not returning, but three new groups have been added this year: the Dayworker Center of Mountain View, Los Altos Youth Theatre and MVLA Scholars.

“In this time of unprecedented economic upheaval in our community, especially for our wonderful local not-for-profit organizations, the Town Crier Holiday Fund team decided ‘charity begins at home,’” said Dennis Young, Town Crier co-publisher and chairman of the board of directors. “Therefore, we looked at the beneficiary list through the lens of being Los Altos-, Los Altos Hills- and Mountain View-centric.  Unfortunately, we had to drop a few organizations, but we added ones the team feels support the underserved in our readership community.”

Returning Holiday Fund recipients include the Bay Area Furniture Bank; Child Advocates of Silicon Valley; the Community Health Awareness Council; Community Services Agency’s Food & Nutrition Center; the Community School of Music and Arts’ Artistic Intelligence program;  Help One Child; Hidden Villa Summer Camps; the MERIT program at the Krause Center for Innovation; Music for Minors; Mentor Tutor ConnectionSky’s the Limit Fund; the Veterans Resource Center at Foothill College; and WomenSV.

Holiday Fund contributions are tax deductible and processed through a donor-advised fund at Los Altos Community Foundation. The foundation provides letters acknowledging contributions.

The Town Crier will distribute proceeds to the 16 organizations in early 2021. The paper will provide updates on each organization in a series of articles published throughout the holiday season.

This week, we offer updates on the Bay Area Furniture Bank, Sky’s the Limit Fund and Los Altos Youth Theatre, which is part of Los Altos Stage Company.

To donate online and for more information, visit

To donate by check, make checks payable to Los Altos Community Foundation, write “Town Crier Holiday Fund” in the memo line and mail to 183 Hillview Ave., Los Altos 94022.


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