Posted by Jack Hickey, a resident of the Woodside: Emerald Hills neighborhood, on Nov 24, 2012 at 9:35 am
It's nice to see true philanthropy at work.
Unfortunately, pseudo-philanthropy, such as that engaged in by the taxpayer funded Sequoia Healthcare District, has threatened the integrity of local charities. Passing itself off as a foundation Web Link, and as a "Corporate Grant-Maker" Web Link, they District has led otherwise reputable charitable organizations to the public trough.
Your Holiday Fund lists St. Anthony's Padua Dining Room as " Funded entirely by voluntary contributions...". Not true. They have been receiving $100,000/year in grants from the Sequoia Healthcare District since 2009, when then Board President, Don Horsley, initiated an agressive campaign to expand the community of non-profits on the public dole. Others on your list who have succumbed to the Sequoia Healthcare Districts initiative include:
Boys & Girls Clubs of the Peninsula
St. Francis Center
Ravenswood Family Health Center
Second Harvest Food Bank
InnVision Shelter Network
StarVista (formerly Youth and Family Enrichment Services)
For a complete listing of charitable organizations who have taken a bite of the apple, visit: Web Link
Dissolution of the Sequoia Healthcare District and it's corrupting influence would help restore true philanthropy.