ABOUT US

The Saratoga Rotary Charitable Foundation (SRCF) is a California non-profit corporation and a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. The Saratoga Rotary Club membership elects the SRCF Directors to serve a three-year term.  The SRCF meets quarterly to grant funds to charitable, educational and other nonprofit organizations.  The Foundation prefers to support requests for capital needs and one-time special expenses.


The Foundation’s primary source of income is the proceeds from the annual Saratoga Rotary Art Show, a more than 60-year event held the first weekend in May in Saratoga.  From the revenues generated by the Art Show and other donations, SRCF has distributed almost $3 million to community nonprofit organizations.

Rotary Club of Saratoga Service Projects Funded by SRCF

Youth Services Activities

  • Scholarships to graduating high school seniors for college, and West Valley College students. (~$15,000 a year)
  • Rotary youth leadership training sponsorships (10-12 students a year)
  • Entrepreneurial leadership conference sponsorships (6-10 students a year)
  • Partnered in Read Across America at Latimer Elementary and providing each child with a book to keep. (~3600 books donated over the years)
  • Back to school help for school children, including shopping with them for clothes and sponsoring backpacks. (10 students a year)
  • Career conversations and mentorship for underprivileged students at West Valley College.

Community Services Activities

  • Feeding the hungry, especially during COVID-19.  This includes food insecure students at West Valley College & at  Martha’s Kitchen.
  • Partnered with Rise Against Hunger to pack to distribute to the hungry internationally. (10,000 – 30,000 meals)
  • To help active duty service men and women, partnered with Operation Care & Comfort to purchase and pack 600 care packages.. (300 service men and women a year)
  • Breakfast with Santa at Washington School which brings a nutritious breakfast, crafts, face painter, Christmas songs, a Christmas book reading and a gift and picture from Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus.
  • Community cleanup

Grants Awarded to Community Partners

We support between 12 to 20 organizations that reach out to us for support each year.  The following types of organizations are supported by Saratoga Rotary Charitable Foundation:

  • Healthcare and Medical: Blind & Visually Handicapped Support, Mental Illness, Addiction Prevention, Cancer Care, Free Medical Clinics (RotaCare), Brain Injury, Cleft lip and burn scar (Rotaplast), Hospitals, Surgical Care, etc.
  • Community: Homelessness, Diversity and Inclusion, Women’s Sport, Foster Care, Clothing for victims of Sexual Violence, Firefighters, Veteran Care, Library
  • Elder Care Centers: Adult Day Care, Senior Citizen Communities, Development Disability Support
  • Education: Preschools, College Preparation, Book Donations, Community College and Students Welfare
  • Art, Culture and Nature: Museums, Fine Arts, Gardens, Theatre, Music
San Jose Taiko
Bay Area Woman's Sport Initiative
Hope Services
Rota Care
New Museum Los Gatos
Bill Willson Center
City Lights Theater Company

Make a Donation

If you are able, we would love if you could donate to help us achieve our mission.  

Your support is crucial to our efforts to continue working on community causes and in further supporting many deserving charitable organizations.  

 

Here are the suggested donation amounts and what can be done with your generous donations:  

$250 helps buy a book for every child in a grade level in a Title 1 elementary school

$650 helps one high school junior through the Rotary run Enterprise Leadership Conference (3 days, 2 nights)

$1000 helps in Back to School Shopping for 10 students

$2500 provides 300 care packages for active service members under Operation Care and Comfort (going on for 5+ years)

Ways to Donate:

Donate Online Here
Or,
Check addressed to Saratoga Rotary Charitable Foundation, P.O. Box 2244, Saratoga, CA, 95070
 
Our United States Federal Tax ID Number is 68-0538060.  We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
 
If you were to donate more than $5000 or were to consider making an endowment, we could discuss specific objectives in the areas of education, health care, food insecurity and elder care.
Testimonials

SRCF Grant Application

The Saratoga Rotary Charitable Foundation

SRCF Grant Applications

Grant applications must be submitted no later than 30 days prior to an upcoming Board of Trustee meeting. The Board of Trustees generally meets on the third Thursday in February, May, August and November.
 
 
Check your browser download folder for the Grant Application after clicking the link above, it may appear that nothing happened as the download is very quick.
 
The Grant Application and your organization's budget and three references can be returned to the Foundation by (1) email or (2) US mail:
 
1. Email - complete the downloaded application using Microsoft Word or other word processing software, save the file, and email a copy with the supporting documents to charitablefoundation@saratogarotary.org .
 
2. US mail - send the completed application with the supporting documents to:
 
Saratoga Rotary Charitable Foundation
PO Box 2244
Saratoga, CA 95070