Palo Alto Community Fund
Our Mission Statement & Values
We focus on the unique needs of our community and channel 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.
We value the continuing role of philanthropy in meeting the needs and challenges of our community.
We strive to steward and grow the endowment to ensure that it benefits present and future generations.
Local Needs & Knowledge
We value the sense of community and caring demonstrated by our local residents.
We concentrate our efforts on nonprofit organizations that enhance the quality of life in the greater Palo Alto area. Our board members are knowledgeable volunteers with experience in our community.
Responsibility and Accountability
We value wise stewardship of funds.
We strive to merit our donors’ trust by conducting our activities professionally, ethically, responsibly and transparently. Using the talents and expertise of our volunteer Board members, we carefully evaluate each request for support and our grantee’s subsequent use of our funds.
Belief in the efficacy of nonprofits
We value the work of nonprofits in addressing the needs of our community with creative and innovative solutions.
We help nonprofit organizations fulfill their charitable, civic, and educational missions by making grants for programs that will have maximum impact in our community and by offering educational and networking opportunities for our grantees. We support effective existing programs and provide seed money for new approaches and organizations.
We value the diversity of our program areas and the populations served.
We endeavor to fund a variety of programs that serve diverse needs and diverse populations. We strive to achieve diversity on our board.