Palo Alto Community Fund Redefines What it Means to Give Where You Live

PACF continues to grow, supports local nonprofits’ recovery and expansion

This spring, Palo Alto Community Fund (PACF) distributed 96 grants—a record number—to nonprofit organizations serving Palo Alto, East Palo Alto, and Menlo Park. A total of $1.7 million was granted, which represents an increase of 45 percent year over year. The number of grants awarded increased 25 percent. For the first time, PACF is granting 15 two-year grants, with the goal of providing a longer funding runway for the nonprofit recipients.

The increase in grants awarded was made possible by hundreds of local donors investing in hyper-local giving, many significantly increasing their donations to PACF. We cannot thank you enough – your donation makes a difference.

Supporting COMMunity

“We are buoyed by the bold generosity of our donors and the courageous commitment of the ecosystem of our local nonprofit community. Through our trust-based approach, PACF provides all-too-rare general operating support that gives our grantees the flexible resources they require to be nimble and responsive to the evolving needs of those they serve.” – Lisa Van Dusen, Executive Director, Palo Alto Community Fund

Each year, PACF board members and staff review annual grant applications to carefully consider how to best deploy the resources it stewards, using a blend of rigorous analysis, conversations with all applicants and ongoing relationships with local nonprofit leaders and other community stakeholders. PACF grants focus on four broad pillars: Supporting Families, Uplifting the Vulnerable, Supporting Education, and Enhancing Community Life. Using these broad pillars rather than siloed issues as a framework for grant making, PACF recognizes issues and solutions as highly interconnected, requiring long term support and partnership.

These 2022 grant awards include five Dave Mitchell Impact Grants, totalling $400,000, to nonprofit organizations addressing the overarching needs of housing security, mental health, food security, childcare and education equity in Palo Alto, East Palo Alto, and Menlo Park. The Dave Mitchell Impact Grants, first awarded in 2020, provide larger, unsolicited general operating support grants to nonprofit organizations that deliver transformative solutions to critical issues in our community in a way that achieves both immediate impact and longer term systemic change.

“By strategically supporting smaller, community-based organizations that are the ‘last mile’ in the distribution of a wide range of resources and services, as well as larger and longtime providers, we can help build both a safety net and game changing solutions so that everyone in our community can thrive.” – Lisa Van Dusen, Executive Director, Palo Alto Community Fund

In addition, PACF granted three Cammie Vail Executive Director Grants, totaling $25,000 to nonprofit organizations in support of nonprofit leadership development.

Congratulations to our 2022 grantees, and thank you for your exceptional work in our community. See below, for a full list of grantees.

PACF 2022 Grants Awarded

Dave Mitchell Impact Grants

Loaves & Fishes Family Kitchen

Palo Alto Community Child Care

Palo Alto University

Ravenswood Education Foundation (for Ravenswood Talent Initiative)

United Hope Builders

Annual Grants

AbilityPath (formerly Gatepath affiliated with Abilities United)

Able Works

Acknowledge Alliance

Ada’s Cafe

Adolescent Counseling Services (ACS)

All Five

Animal Assisted Happiness

Art in Action


Beyond Barriers Athletic Foundation (BBAF)

California Family Foundation (Beechwood School)


CASA of San Mateo County

Children’s Health Council Inc.

Christmas Bureau of Palo Alto

Climate Resilient Communities

Community Overcoming Relationship Abuse – CORA

Cooline Team of East Palo Alto

Counseling and Support Services for Youth (CASSY)

Downtown Streets Team


East Palo Alto Academy Foundation

East Palo Alto Kids Foundation (EPAK)

East Palo Alto Senior Center Inc.

East Palo Alto Tennis and Tutoring (EPATT)

East Palo Alto YMCA

Eastside College Preparatory School

Ecumenical Hunger Program

Elevate Community Center

Environmental Volunteers


Foundation for a College Education

Fresh Lifelines for Youth (FLY)

Friends of the Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo

Gunn Senior High School Foundation

Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco

Health Connected

Home & Hope

Housing Choices Coalition for Persons with Developmental Disabilities

Institute for Families and Nannies

Jasper Ridge Farm



Karat School Project

Kepler’s Literary Foundation

Kids & Art Foundation

Latino Music Education Network

Learning Home Volunteers

Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County

Live In Peace, Inc.

Loaves & Fishes Family Kitchen

Loved Twice

Mannakin Theater & Dance

NCEFT (National Center for Equine Facilitated Therapy)

Nuestra Casa de East Palo Alto

Ombudsman Services of San Mateo County, Inc

Omniware Networks

P.I.E.F.E.S.T. (Pacific Islanders Encouraging Fun Engineering Science & Technology)

Palo Alto Art Center Foundation

Palo Alto Community Child Care

Palo Alto Players

Palo Alto University

Parents Helping Parents

Peninsula Bridge

Peninsula College Fund

Peninsula Healthcare Connection

People’s Music School

Positive Alternative Recreation Teambuilding Impacting Program (PARTI)

Ravenswood Classroom Partners (formerly All Students Matter)

Ravenswood Education Foundation

Ravenswood Family Health Network

Rebuilding Together Peninsula

Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center

Rise Together Education

Rosalie Rendu, Inc

San Francisco 49ers Academy

Silicon Valley Urban Debate League

St Elizabeth Seton School


TheatreWorks Silicon Valley

Upward Scholars

Via Services

Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired


Women’s Achievement Network and Development Alliance (WANDA)

Youth Community Service (YCS)

ZiRu Dance

Cammie Vail Executive Director Grants

Center for Excellence in Nonprofits (CEN)

Silicon Valley Council of Nonprofits (SVCN)

Thrive, The Alliance of Nonprofits for San Mateo County