With this the last day of 2013, we hope that those who haven't yet contributed will consider a year-end gift to the Pleasanton Weekly Holiday Fund.
It's a timely plea, with many nonprofits still faced with diminished contributions as a result of the waning recession while needing increased funds to meet a growing number of those in need.
Even though we are seeing an economic rebound, the good times have not reached the nonprofit caregivers which depend on public contributions to serve our community.
Contributions to the 2013 Pleasanton Weekly Holiday Fund will be distributed in two tiers, with 75% of all dollars raised going to Axis Community Health, Open Heart Kitchen, Pleasanton Partnerships in Education (PPIE) Foundation, Valley Humane Society and ValleyCare Health System.
Another 25% of the contributions will go to Hope Hospice, the Pleasanton Cultural Arts Council, REACH, Sandra J. Wing Healing Therapies and Senior Support Services of the Tri-Valley.
Again this year, the Weekly is partnering with Silicon Valley Community Foundation (SVCF), which will handle all finances related to the Pleasanton Weekly Holiday Fund. This will allow donors to take advantage of a tax deduction for the dollars they contribute through the Foundation's 501(c)(3) status to the fullest extent of the law, but your contributions must be made by Tuesday, Dec. 31 in order to qualify as 2013 charitable donations. Even so, we'll keep the campaign open through Friday, Jan. 10. Those contributions can be claimed on 2014 tax returns.
SVCF, headquartered in Mountain View, is no stranger to Pleasanton and the Tri-Valley. In recent years, the community foundation and its donors have awarded grants to Amador Valley and Horizon high schools, Axis Community Health, PPIE, Sandra J. Wing Healing Therapies, Tri-Valley Animal Rescue and the Valley Humane Society.
Together with the Pleasanton Weekly, we know what the needs are in our local communities because of our long-standing expertise in helping these organizations. Also, the Pleasanton Weekly is handling all costs of the campaign. That means that every dollar goes directly to the 10 nonprofits with no administrative expenses.
As the Holiday Fund is a donor advised fund of Silicon Valley Community Foundation, please direct your donations to:
Pleasanton Weekly Holiday Fund
c/o Silicon Valley Community Foundation
2440 West El Camino Real, Suite 300
Mountain View, California 94040
Checks should be made payable to Silicon Valley Community Foundation.
There is also an opportunity to donate through PayPal online at www.siliconvalleycf.org/pleasantonweeklyholidayfund.
All donations will be acknowledged shortly after being received.