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Editorial: A gift to the Holiday Fund helps those in need

Original post made on Nov 24, 2012

As the Almanac's Holiday Fund heads into its 20th year, donors can look back with pride on a history of giving that has provided nearly $3.5 million to local nonprofits since it was launched in 1993. The history of giving to the Holiday Fund reflects the economic health of Silicon Valley, with peak donations reaching nearly $400,000 in 1999 and 2000, then plunging to around half that amount until falling even more in 2009. Since then, donors have picked up the pace, helping to push the 2011 total to $167,000, a jump of $30,000.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, November 21, 2012, 12:00 AM

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Posted by Jack Hickey
a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
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.

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Posted by Jack Hickey
a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Nov 24, 2012 at 10:26 am

Taxpayers should visit St. Anthony's Padua Dining Room's new website Web Link where you will find a token of their appreciation for the support which the Sequoia Healthcare District funded by your tax dollars has bestowed upon them.

Notably absent from their website is a biblical quotation
"Each one should give what he has decided in his own heart to give, not reluctlantly or under compulsion for God loves a cheerful giver" (2 Cor.9:7)

Apparently, God has been impacted by the economic crisis and has made an exception.

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Posted by another angle
a resident of another community
on Nov 24, 2012 at 10:54 am

[Post removed; stick to the topic and the facts.]

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Posted by Jack Hickey
a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Nov 26, 2012 at 10:48 am

Jack Hickey is a registered user.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Peninsula list the Sequoia Healthcare District as a corporate partner on their website. Web Link
The Sequoia Healthcare District is a government agency funded by property taxes.

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