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Local fund seeks Haiti quake relief donations

Donor hopes to raise at least $100,000 in assistance

The Irene S. Scully Fund, a donor-advised fund of Silicon Valley Community Foundation in Mountain View, will provide up to $50,000 in matching money to help Haiti and its people recover from the devastating Jan. 12 earthquake, the foundation announced Wednesday.

Through the Haiti Earthquake Relief Fund, donations will be matched dollar for dollar. The funds will be given to organizations working to provide critical assistance to help Haiti following the worst earthquake there in more than 200 years.

The community foundation Wednesday made the first donation, $10,000.

"In the wake of this enormous human tragedy, it is our responsibility as a center of philanthropy to be a role model for those who want to help," said Emmett D. Carson, CEO and president of the community foundation, in a press release. "We know that this disaster, in one of the world's most impoverished nations, will motivate many in Silicon Valley to give. We want to help channel that generosity."

The Irene S. Scully Family Foundation in Greenbrae focuses primarily on the Bay Area but became interested in Haiti through its work with the What If? Foundation, according to spokeswoman Kathleen Maloney.

"Of course there is immediate need in Haiti. But the needs in Haiti go so far beyond immediate," Maloney said in a press statement.

"Unfortunately, sometimes it takes a tragedy to highlight needs that have existed for some time. I hope this provides an opportunity for us to help Haiti now and in the long term."

Community foundation staff has researched organizations that are on the ground in Haiti and are able to provide effective assistance, according to the news release.

Donations are being accepted online through www.siliconvalleycf.org.

The e-mail address is donate@siliconvalleycf.org and the phone number, 650-450-5444.

Checks also can be mailed to Silicon Valley Community Foundation, 2440 West El Camino Real, Suite 300, Mountain View, CA, 94040, attn: "Haiti Earthquake Relief Fund."

Silicon Valley Community Foundation serves San Mateo and Santa Clara counties and has more than $1.5 billion in assets under management and 1,500 philanthropic funds.

Other organizations helping with recovery efforts in Haiti include Save the Children, World Vision, Partners in Health and the American Red Cross.

— Palo Alto Weekly staff

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