Guide to Charitable Giving

Don’t-miss events and opportunities for the year.


Kenneth Richard, Veronica Fauntleroy, Judge Scott and Terry Patten, and David Denise Van Beek were all smiles at the Oakland Town Ball on Dec. 2, 2017, a benefit for Boys & Girls Clubs of Oakland.

Photo by Al Wright

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Welcome to the Charitable Giving Guide. This alphabetized compilation includes myriad Bay Area charities and organizations, many which conduct a big fundraising push with an annual gala. Dates of galas in December and 2018 are listed when available at press time.

100 Black Men of the Bay Area

The Bay Area chapter of the 100 Black Men of America, Inc. helps African-American youth by providing scholarships and mentoring while promoting health and wellness, entrepreneurship, networking, and economic development. 29th Annual Scholarship Benefit and Awards Gala: Dinner, dancing, and networking opportunities. Dec. 8, 5:30 reception and silent auction, 8 p.m. live auction, award, and dinner program, $25, San Francisco Marriott Marquis, 55 Fourth St., San Francisco.

A Better Way

A Better Way hosts social events to raise awareness and funding for the organization, which provides no-cost, high-quality programs and services to more than 1,250 children and families. Help plan the annual gala (no date yet), volunteer for an event, host a toy drive—involvement opportunities abound.

Aircraft Carrier Hornet Foundation

The foundation preserves the legacy of the USS Hornet and its role in naval aviation, U.S. military defense, the Apollo Program, and space exploration. It supports the USS Hornet Sea, Air & Space Museum and its efforts and schedules many events, including a big New Year’s Eve extravaganza that raised funds for education in 2017.

Alameda Architectural Preservation Society

AAPS increases public awareness and appreciation of historic architecture in Alameda, and its primary fundraiser is the Alameda’s Annual Legacy Home Tour of historic homes in the fall.,

Alameda Boys & Girls Club

Alameda Boys & Girls Club inspires youth, especially the underserved population, to realize their full potential through education and career development to recreational opportunities. Events include Kids Nite Out and a golf tournament. Annual gala and auction is March 3, Hilton Oakland Airport, 1 Hegenberger Road, Oakland.

Alameda Business Network

Alameda Business Network, a regularly meeting business networking organization, hosts Arms Around Alameda, a benefit for the Alameda Welfare Council and its supported charities and organizations. The benefit offers entertainment, raffles, auction, and buffet dinner. Bring new, sealed, non-perishable food items or unopened toys to be donated to the Alameda Food Bank and Toys for Tots. Dec. 1, 5:30-9 p.m. $25 advance, $35 door, Alameda Elks Lodge Ballroom, 2255 Santa Clara Ave., Alameda.

Alameda Community Fund

The Alameda Community Fund grows its endowment through fundraisers, bequests, donations, and investment returns and schedules an annual fundraising dinner each fall.

Alameda County Community Food Bank

The ACCFB provides food for the hungry in Alameda County. Its annual Empty Bowls has guests eat a supper of bread and soup in keepsake bowls painted by school children and food bank supporters. Silent auction and children’s entertainment round out the evening. May 17, 6-8 p.m., $30 individual, $60 family, Alameda County Community Food Bank, 7900 Edgewater Drive, Oakland,

Alameda County Family Justice Center

In 2017, ACFJC turned 10, an accomplishment celebrated at the One Gala, an annual event (no 2018 date yet) benefitting the organization in its efforts to serve individuals and families experiencing domestic violence, stalking, sexual assault and exploitation, child abuse, child abduction, elder and dependent adult abuse, and human trafficking.

Alameda Education Foundation

AEF provides education support to Alameda public schools. It celebrates innovative educational programs in those schools with music, food, and friends at Alameda Education Foundation gala, the AEF Salute to Education. April 27, 6-9 p.m., Rhythmix Cultural Works, 2513 Blanding Ave., Alameda,

Alameda Family Services League

This organization is the presenter and beneficiary of the Alameda Holiday Home Tour. See Victorians, craftsman homes, and other manses decked out with holiday finery at the 47th annual tour, which also includes a gift boutique, gourmet shop, and holiday dessert tea. Tour: Dec. 9, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., $35 presale, $40 day of tour, $25 group ticket sales, Alameda.

Alameda Health System Foundation

The foundation supports the system hospital and its programs. The annual gala is an opportunity to support Alameda Health System’s mission. The event (no date yet) highlights a department within the health system and recognizes key clinicians for their tireless work in creating a healthy East Bay community.

Alameda Hospital Foundation

The Alameda Hospital Foundation, which supports Alameda Hospital and its programs, holds an annual fall gala (no date yet), a black-tie optional event that honors a recipient with the Kate Creedon Award.

Alameda Kiwanis Club

A longtime Island service club, this Kiwanis chapter goes cowboy once a year by hosting the annual Chili Cook-off and Barbecue Dinner. No-host bar opens at 5:30 p.m., chili tasting 6-7 p.m., silent auction until 7:30, and dancing until 10. Jan. 27, 5:30-10 p.m., $40-$75, Al DeWitt Officers’ Club, 641 Redline Ave., Alameda Point, Alameda.

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