About The Saratoga Rotary Charitable Foundation
The Saratoga Rotary Charitable Foundation is the charitable trust of the Saratoga Rotary Club. The Foundation’s primary source of income are the proceeds from the annual Saratoga Rotary Art Show which has been held in Saratoga, California on the first weekend in May for almost 60 years. The Art Show and the proceeds it has generated has permitted the Saratoga Rotary Charitable Foundation to distribute funds in excess of $2.5 million to worthy non-profit organizations.
Address: Saratoga Rotary Charitable Foundation, PO Box 2244, Saratoga, CA 95070
Here are some of the projects that the Saratoga Rotary Charitable Foundation has recently helped to fund:
On February 18, 2016, the Saratoga Rotary Charitable Foundation reviewed and approved a grant request from Parents Helping Parents, a non-profit , parent directed family resource center, located in San Jose. The PHP mission is to help children and adults with special needs, receive the support and services they need to reach their full potential, by providing information, training and resources to their families and to the professionals serving them.
One of PHP’s programs is the iTECH Center, an Assistive Technology preview and demonstration center. The iTECH Center is very unique, and in fact, is the only program of its kind in Silicon Valley and the Peninsula. Assistive Technology (AT) is any tool that can help an individual with a disability do something more quickly, easily or more independently. AT can include a range of tools, including adapted toys, picture schedule boards, communication devices and computer access tools. AT can also include educational software or iPads with specialized learning applications.
The PHP Assistive Technology Specialists offer families, students and professionals the opportunity to explore assistive technology in the iTECH Center to help them determine which tools may offer the greatest benefit. This hands-on, “try before you buy” session in the center provides families with the information they need to make well-informed decisions about purchasing, thereby eliminating unnecessary expenditures.
Although PHP serves all ages and all disabilities in the iTECH Center, the majority of the clients in the center are ages 0-18. Many of these children have autism, seizure disorder, ADHD, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, low vision or cortical vision impairment, in addition to sensory processing disorder, Parents Helping Parents was founded some forty years ago. Last year PHP served over six thousand families in Santa Clara County and the greater San Francisco Bay Area.
This grant approved by the Saratoga Rotary Charitable Foundation, was the SRCF’s third funding award to Parents Helping Parents, dating back to 2007.
On February 18, 2016, the Saratoga Rotary Charitable Foundation reviewed and approved a grant request for the purchase of a new printer/copier, for the joint use by The Saratoga Senior Center & Saratoga Adult Care Center. The new copier replaced a ten year old black and white copier with over 1.4 million copies on its odometer. The outgoing copier had been the subject of a grant approved by the Saratoga Rotary Charitable Foundation some ten years ago.
The Centers support the local senior community with an in-house produced monthly newsletter that disseminates information about health, wellness, social groups, senior programs, luncheons and many free senior services. Billing invoices, fliers, marketing materials and event materials are produced on a monthly and quarterly schedule.
The Saratoga Area Senior Coordinating Council’s mission is to serve the greater West Valley Area community, and dates back to 1979. The Saratoga Senior Center has approximately 550 members, 12,000 visits annually and holds two to three major community events each year. The Saratoga Senior Center is a trusted first point of entry for assistance and support of older adults and their families. The mission is to provide access to physical and social activities along with resource services that improve the overall quality of life for aging adults in our community.
SASCC and the Saratoga Senior Center are Saratoga Rotary’s good neighbors. The Saratoga Rotary Charitable Foundation, in addition to approving the purchase of two new copiers, ten years apart, also provided funding for the Saratoga Adult Care Center alarm system in 2009. The system is in use and operating today.
On May 21, 2015, the Saratoga Rotary Charitable Foundation reviewed and approved a grant request from the Honor Flight Bay Area Foundation. Honor Flight’s mission is to send WWII veterans on a three day trip to Washington D. C. to visit monuments dedicated to honor their service and sacrifice. The national organization has sent 117,556 veterans to the Nation’s Capitol since the WWII memorial was completed in 2004. Currently, California has approximately 90,000 surviving WWII veterans with an approximate 20,000 living in the greater Bay Area. Most of the veterans are either approaching or are in their 90’s. Each veteran makes the trip with a younger generation guardian who pays his or her own way. Each of the local flights takes about twenty five veterans, most of whom use wheelchairs for the trip, and twenty five guardians. The local organization has no paid employees. Their only non-trip expenses are for promotion plus approximately 3% for insurance, postal, bank and IRS filing fees. Honor Flight is funded with assistance from foundations, corporations and private donations.
On May 21, 2015, the Saratoga Rotary Charitable Foundation reviewed and approved a grant request from the Assistance League of Los Gatos–Saratoga. The Assistance League of Los Gatos – Saratoga is a California nonprofit public benefit corporation and is a chartered chapter of the National Assistance League, with a current membership of 130. The Los Gatos – Saratoga chapter was established in 2000 with a mission to assist Los Gatos, Saratoga, Campbell and areas of San Jose, through philanthropic programs designed to improve the lives of school children, seniors and young mothers. In addition, the organization’s new pilot project with “Unity Care” will provide assistance to young women between 18 and 21 years of age, who have reached the maximum age to remain in the Santa Clara County Foster Care Program. Specifically, the SRCF advocated support of the League’s “School Bell Program”, to fund the Literacy and Clothes for Kids Programs, and the Science Camp’s Scholarship Program. Specific support was also directed to the “Senior Craft Program” to fund the Craft Program for seniors at the Saratoga Senior Center.
Other 2015/2016 beneficiaries include:
- Sons in Retirement, Br. 32
- All Coming Together (ACT) for Mental Health
- Sunday Friends
- The Foothill Club
- Hope Services
- Latimer Elementary School
- Young Men’s Weekend of the South Bay
- Saratoga Rotary President’s Charitable Projects.
2014/2015 beneficiaries include:
- Cancer CarePoint
- The Square Peg Foundation
- City Lights Theater Company
- The Assistance League of San Jose
- Child Advocates of Silicon Valley
- Our Lady of Fatima Villa
- Museums of Los Gatos
- Wildlife Education and Rehabilitation Center
- West Valley College Child Development Center
- Our Daily Bread
- Assistance League of Los Gatos
- Prevention Partnership International (PPI)
- Honor Flight
- Saratoga Rotary President’s Charitable Projects