The holiday season is in full swing, and so is the 2012 Town Crier Holiday Fund, embarking on its 13th year of providing community-funded grants to local nonprofit organizations that serve the needy.
Established in 2000, the Holiday Fund has raised a cumulative total of $1.7 million for local agencies. Once again, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation is spearheading the Holiday Fund’s efforts with a $20,000 incentive donation.
Last year, through the generosity of residents and businesses, the Holiday Fund raised more than $210,000 for 19 local groups – the highest total since 2007.
Grant recipients for the 2011 Holiday Fund Drive included: Partners for New Generations; RotaCare; Bayshore Christian Ministries; House of Grace; Career Closet; the Community Health Awareness Council; the Community Service Agency’s fresh-food program; the East Palo Alto Kids Foundation; Help One Child; Hidden Villa summer camperships; Sunday Friends; Downtown College Prep Alum Rock; Music for Minors; Jeremiah’s Promise; ALearn; the Krause Center for Innovation at Foothill College; Child Advocates of Silicon Valley; the Community School of Music and Arts’ autism program; and the Veterans Resource Center at Foothill College.
This holiday season, the Town Crier Holiday Fund has committed to funding grants for these same organizations and has added Reach Potential Movement to the fold. The Sunnyvale-based, nonprofit provides education-focused mentoring and tutoring services for Silicon Valley youth.
Monetary contributions to the Holiday Fund are tax deductible and deposited in a donor-advised fund with the Silicon Valley Community Foundation. Donors will receive acknowledgment letters for their contributions from the foundation. All grants will be distributed after Jan. 1.
For more information on the organizations supported by the 2012 Town Crier Holiday Fund, read the upcoming November and December issues of the Town Crier.
For more information on the various ways to donate to the Holiday Fund, call the Los Altos Town Crier at 948-9000.