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Sharks Foundation Launches Goals for Kids Program

by Staff Writer / San Jose Sharks

SAN JOSE – The Sharks Foundation announced today that it will be partnering with the Koret Foundation and Taube Philanthropies to launch the Goals for Kids Program. For every goal scored by the San Jose Sharks during the 2014-15 season (including goals they have scored up until this point), crucial funds will be donated to programs in Santa Clara County dedicated to enhancing the lives of youth and families in the community.

For each goal scored by the Sharks, a $1,000 donation will be made and added to a running total that will be evenly distributed amongst the beneficiaries at the end of the season. The five beneficiaries are Child Advocates of Silicon Valley, City Year San Jose/Silicon Valley, Loaves & Fishes Family Kitchen, Ronald McDonald House at Stanford, and Via Services.

“The Sharks Foundation is proud to partner with the Koret Foundation and Taube Philanthropies on the Goals for Kids Program,” said Heather Hooper, Sharks Foundation Manager. “Together we will have the chance to enhance the lives of youth and families in our community and ensure that thousands of individuals will receive the support they need.”

Tad Taube, founder of Taube Philanthropies, added, “We are pleased that the San Jose Sharks will be joining the San Francisco 49ers and the Golden State Warriors by participating in these exciting “Kids” programs that support underserved youth organizations in the Bay Area. The Sharks are a classy organization that shares our commitment to improve the lives of disadvantaged youngsters.”

Jeff Farber, CEO of the Koret Foundation stated, "As a longtime supporter of youth organizations, the Koret Foundation is grateful for the opportunity to participate in the Goals for Kids program to increase the impact on underserved youth in the Bay Area community."

Partnership opportunities are available at the $25,000, $15,000, $5,000 and $1,000 levels and interested parties are encouraged to visit www.sjsharks.com/goalsforkids to find out more. San Francisco based Le Boulanger has joined Goals for Kids dedicating $20 per goal scored this season up to $5,000.

ABOUT THE SHARKS FOUNDATION

The Sharks Foundation is dedicated to enhancing the lives of youth and families in the community with an emphasis in the areas of Education, Health and Safety, and Character Development. The Sharks Foundation supplies emergency aid when appropriate, executes unique and relevant programming, supports the advancement of youth hockey and provides financial support and resources to organizations that enrich the lives of those in need.

For more information about the Sharks Foundation visit www.sharksfoundation.org or follow us on Twitter @SharksCare.

ABOUT THE KORET FOUNDATION

Based in San Francisco, the Koret Foundation supports organizations that promote a vibrant and distinctive Bay Area. Koret focuses its giving in two major areas: strengthening the Jewish community in the Bay Area, Israel and Poland, and supporting Bay Area anchor institutions. Since its founding in 1979, Koret has invested nearly $500 million to contribute to a higher quality of civic and Jewish community life.

The Koret Foundation seeks strategic, collaborative solutions to leverage our grantmaking dollars. For more than thirty years, Koret has looked to market-based approaches and proven business principles to improve communities and the Bay Area. For more information visit http://www.koretfoundation.org/

ABOUT TAUBE PHILANTHROPIES

Taube Philanthropies was established in 1981 by its founder and chairman, Tad Taube. Based in the San Francisco Bay Area and with an office in Warsaw, the Foundation makes philanthropic investments primarily in the Bay Area and Poland, in scholarship, heritage preservation, arts and culture, education, and institution-building. Taube Philanthropies is committed to collaborative giving for greatest charitable impact and actively partners with individual donors and other foundations. For more information, contact Vera Hannush, vhannush@taubephilanthropies.org or visit www.taubephilanthropies.org.

2014-15 Goals for Kids Beneficiaries


Child Advocates of Silicon Valley

Area Served: Santa Clara County
Impact:
720 teens aged 17-19 each year
Focus Area:
Education, Health and Safety

Child Advocates of Silicon Valley’s mission is to provide stability and hope to abused children by being a powerful voice in their lives. Their vision is that every child has a positive view of the future and the opportunity to become a productive, healthy adult. Their purpose is to match foster children with Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) who ensure that children’s needs are met and their voices heard while navigating the dependency system. For more information, visit www.cadvocates.org

City Year San Jose/Silicon Valley

Area Served: San Jose
Impact:
4,200 people aged 6-15 each year
Focus Area:
Education, Health and Safety

City Year is an education-focused, nonprofit organization that partners with public schools and teachers to help keep students in school and on track to succeed. In 25 communities across the United States and through three international affiliates, this innovative public-private partnership brings together teams of young AmeriCorps members who commit to a year of full-time service in schools. AmeriCorps members provide individual support to students who need extra care and attention, focusing on attendance, behavior, and course performance through in-class tutoring, mentoring, and after school programs. This year, City Year San Jose/Silicon Valley’s 94 AmeriCorps members are serving thousands of students in nine elementary and middle schools. For more information, visit www.cityyear.org.

Loaves & Fishes Family Kitchen

Area Served: Impoverished Areas of Santa Clara County
Impact:
180,000 people ages 0-90 each year
Focus Area:
Health and Safety

Loaves & Fishes Family Kitchen is committed to providing no cost, hot nutritious meals and support services in a dignified, safe and caring environment. We provide services to all needy individuals, with special concern for families, senior citizens and homeless. Loaves & Fishes was founded in 1980 to fill a void in the community for these special populations. Our kitchens now serve meals seven days each week at four locations. The number of guests has grown from the initial 11 guests served on February 15, 1980, to more than 700 people served daily. Loaves & Fishes Family Kitchen does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnic origin, religion, gender, age, handicap or sexual orientation. For more information, visit www.loavesfishes.org

Ronald McDonald House at Stanford

Area Served: Santa Clara County
Impact:
13,257 each year
Focus Area:
Health and Safety

Ronald McDonald House at Stanford opened in 1979 on the simple idea that nothing else should matter when a family is focused on healing their child. With the mission to create a home-away-from-home for families with critically ill children undergoing treatment at local hospitals, the House accommodates 47 families with private bedrooms every night. Programming provides a comprehensive mix of creative, participatory services to actively engage all family members, create community of support and ease everyday burdens so they can focus on what matters most – the health and well-being of their children. For more information visit http://www.RMHStanford.org.

Via Services, Inc.

Area Served: Santa Clara County
Impact:
3,500 people ages 5-22 each year
Focus Area:
Health and Safety

Via Services is a private, independent non-profit organization dedicated to helping children and adults with disabilities and special needs achieve greater self-sufficiency and lead richer lives. In doing so, they provide much needed connection and support for their parents and caregivers – helping make their own challenges less difficult and the celebrations more frequent.

For more information, visit http://www.viaservices.org/mission/

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