2020 Grant Awards

The Palo Alto Community Fund (PACF)  distributed over $1.8 million to 62 nonprofit organizations serving Palo Alto, East Palo Alto and Menlo Park in the first six months of 2020. PACF’s 2020 distribution includes $660,000 in annual grants for local nonprofits that help families, uplift the vulnerable, improve education opportunities, and enhance community life; and $1,000,000 in COVID-19 Relief Fund grants to nonprofits working to mitigate hardship related to the pandemic.

This year we also launched our inaugural Dave Mitchell Community Impact Grant, which honors the memory of longtime supporter, Dave Mitchell. Funds for the $75,000 Dave Mitchell Community Impact Grant came from donations to the PACF and a grant from the Silicon Valley Community Foundation.

Thank you to our hundreds of donors, who made this investment in our community possible.

A full list of 2020 PACF grantees can be found below.  

Standing together

As we look towards our grant-making for the latter half of 2020 and beyond, we pause to stand with our grantees in acknowledging the disparity of opportunity and systemic racism that continues to hold back people of color in Palo Alto, East Palo Alto and Menlo Park. The tragic deaths of George Floyd, David McAtee, Amaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and countless others have prompted PACF to ask ourselves what we can proactively do to address these issues through our work in our community.

About the Palo Alto Community Fund

Palo Alto Community Fund is a 40-year young nonprofit community foundation focused on the unique needs of our community, and channels charitable giving of local donors to effective organizations that improve the quality of life for everyone in Palo Alto, East Palo Alto and Menlo Park.

About the PACF COVID-19 Relief Fund

For more information about the recipients of the first allocation of funds, please visit our FAQ web page at: 

PACF is committed to both listening to our local nonprofit partners and finding ways to better support their critical work to relieve hunger, address education inequity, increase job opportunities, and represent the underserved members of our community.

PACF is grateful to our donors for their belief and generosity, and to our grantees for reminding us that helping our community is a responsibility we all share. PACF will keep learning and improving as we move forward together.

Grant Recipients


49ers Academy

Adolescent Counseling Services

All Students Matter

Art In Action


Beechwood School

Beyond Barriers Athletic Foundation

Boys & Girls Club of the Peninsula

Bring Me A Book


Christmas Bureau of Palo Alto


East Palo Alto Academy Foundation

East Palo Alto Kids Foundation

East Palo Alto YMCA

Environmental Volunteers

Fresh Lifelines for Youth (FLY)

Habitat for Humanity, Greater San Francisco

Health Connected

Home & Hope



Kids & Art Foundation

Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County



Music in the Schools Foundation

Nuestra Casa de East Palo Alto

Ombudsman Services of San Mateo County

One East Palo Alto

Palo Alto Art Center Foundation

Palo Alto Housing

Palo Alto Jr. Museum & Zoo


Peninsula HealthCare Connections

Pets In Need

Project WeHOPE

Ravenswood Education Foundation

Ravenswood Family Health Center

Rosalie Rendu Center

Silicon Valley Bicycle Exchange

St. Anthony’s Padua Dining Room

St. Elizabeth Seton School



Upward Scholars

Vista Center for the Blind & Visually Impaired

Youth Community Service



Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto


49ers Academy

Ada’s Café


Boys & Girls Club of the Peninsula

Children’s Health Council

Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto


Downtown Streets Team


East Palo Alto Kids Foundation

Ecumenical Hunger Program

Family Giving Tree

Kafenia Peace Collective


La Comida


Live in Peace

Menlo Park-Atherton Education Foundation

Palo Alto Community Child Care

Peninsula HealthCare Connections

Project WeHOPE

Ravenswood Education Foundation

Ravenswood Family Health Center

Second Harvest Food Bank

St. Anthony’s Padua Dining Room

St. Elizabeth Seton School

Posted Jun 4, 2020