Holiday Giving

How’s your holiday gift shopping coming along? Have you found something for everyone on your list? If you believe that a major 1960s “vibe” was about reaching out to help others, then maybe giving a gift of support to a worthy organization, in honor of a family member or a friend, would be a great way to keep that vibe alive.

The Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation (TNDC) is a nonprofit that buys and remodels old buildings to create affordable housing and services in a still-rough-and-tumble City neighborhood.  And TNDC’s After School Program (TASP) serves children.  The latest estimate is that more than 4000 children live in the Tenderloin. One of my favorite programs at TASP is the Annual College Tour program. This program reaches kids who have the ability to succeed in college but have no frame-of-reference about how the process works.

The Web site says,  “Each spring the teenage participants at TASP begin a ten-week college workshop series that includes guest speakers and assignments that teach the realities of applying for and getting in to college. For the participants who attend all the workshops, have the minimum GPA, and complete all of the assignments, the reward is the opportunity to go on the Annual College Tour. The tour is a week-long trip, often cross country, that includes tours of college campuses, cultural activities, leadership experiences, and service learning projects.”

TNDC Major Gifts Manager Julie Doherty says, “To support one child to go on the tour costs about $2,500, and materials for the college workshop are about $100 per child. But of course, any gift is welcome.” You can donate online at  or contact Julie at or 415-358-3965 for more information.

Best wishes,