About Us

The Family Giving Tree
Bringing hope and joy to those in need

The Bay Area ranks as one of the world’s most affluent areas, yet more than 800,000 Bay Area residents are living at or below the poverty line and one out of every four children here lives in poverty.  These statistics are even more startling because it’s greater than the national average. 

The price we all pay

The price we pay for poverty is astounding—roughly $500 billion per year nationally in economic losses, healthcare and crime.  The emotional and psychological impact of living in-need, especially on children, is equally staggering.  Poverty chips away at a child's happiness and confidence and ultimately diminishes their ability to thrive and succeed.  All too often, poverty derails a child's education and their aptitude to imagine a bright and hopeful future.

Over one million children in 25 years

Over 25 years the Family Giving Tree has been steadfastly committed to being of service to those most in need. So perhaps it’s not surprising that what started as a San Jose State MBA project to help in-need children has grown steadily into an established, widely respected, nonprofit organization.

In 2016 alone—with the help of more than 500 Bay Area nonprofits and schools and the 1,500 individuals, groups and businesses that helped us lead drives—we fulfilled over 76,000 holiday wishes and provided more than 39,000 supply-filled backpacks to those most in need.

Over the last 25 years Family Giving Tree has served more than 1,400,000 children and individuals throughout the greater Bay Area as we actively endeavor to inspire the values of kindness, philanthropy and volunteerism in our community.


Honored to be recognized by Charity Navigator with a 4-star rating, the Family Giving Tree is the largest holiday gift and backpack donation program in California.


Two major annual drives

With the invaluable financial support of our donors and sponsors, the hands-on involvement of our volunteers, drive leaders, and in partnership with wonderful nonprofit agencies and school partners, the Family Giving Tree stages two major drives each year:

Holiday Drive

Holiday Wish Drive

A gift program during the holidays that fulfills children’s exact holiday gift wishes.

School Drive

Back-to-School Drive

A donation program that provides backpacks filled with school supplies and books to local K-12 children most in need.

For more information on the Family Giving Tree, including financials and program statistics, please visit our RESOURCES page.