How We Select Fund Beneficiaries

Organizations selected for funding are usually small, “hands-on” groups that directly impact families and children with special needs: education, literacy, social and general well being. All organizations have 501(c) (3) status.

Beneficiaries are selected by the Town Crier Staff based on the following criteria:

  • Size and scope of agency
  • Efficiency in use of funds: what percentage directly affects clients
  • Degree to which the grant results in permanent change
  • How Holiday Fund grants are leveraged for additional funding

Meet Our Beneficiaries


Community Health Awareness Council (CHAC)

Funds designated particularly to support counseling and services to families with addictions.

Hidden Villa

Hidden Villa uses Holiday Funds to provide “summer camperships” for underprivileged families.

Mentor Tutor Connection

Volunteer tutoring and mentoring programs at elementary and high schools in Mountain View and Los Altos, which are changing the lives of countless “at risk” students.

Bayshore Christian Ministries

After school and weekend programs for kids, provides tutoring and social development.

Women SV

Women SV is the result of the accumulated wisdom of over thirty experts in the field of domestic violence. It is designed to address a gap in services for women in middle-to-upper income areas.

Community Service Agency
Community Service Agency Healthy Foods

Provides funds to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables to supplement food distributors.

Downtown College Prep/Alviso
Downtown College Prep

A charter school launched in August 2008 to provide personalized education so that all students will be accepted at a four year college or university on graduation. Funds are specifically needed to outfit a library with books and displays.

East Palo Alto Kids Foundation

Gives small grants to teachers particularly in the Ravenswood District to buy supplies and teaching aids.

Help One Child

Recruits and trains foster parents throughout Silicon Valley, and provides support for adoptive parents.

House Of Grace

A unique East San Jose based program where addicted, abused or homeless women can rebuild their lives without being separated from their children, while living in attractive furnished apartments.

Jeremiah’s Promise

A program to rescue 18-24 year olds when released from foster homes, 67% of which can end up homeless; in jail; or worse.

Music For Minors

For 33 years, this group has been building a comprehensive, credited, and well respected music education program designed to keep music in our schools.

Sky’s the Limit Fund

A nonprofit organization founded by two Los Altos women that supports families of youth in crisis through wilderness therapy programs.

Sunday Friends

Activities for disadvantaged children in San Jose, teaching kids and parents crafts, cooking and social skills.


Helps under-represented students prepare for and complete college, particularly with math skills.

MERIT Program/KCI/ Foothills College

MERIT (Making Education Relevant and Interactive through Technology), a research-based, educator development program designed to help teachers bolster their curriculum.

Child Advocates of Silicon Valley

Provides stability and hope to abused and neglected children in the Santa Clara County foster care system by matching children with trained, caring volunteers to acts as friends and mentors.

Community School of Music and Arts Program for Autistic Children

Supports autistic children through the “Artistic Intelligence” program.

Veterans Resource Center at Foothill College

Helps war veterans transition to academic life and plan for future jobs.

Reach Potential Movement (RPM)

Focuses on reading skills among elementary schools, particularly in the Sunnyvale area. Part of mission: “A bookshelf in every home!”