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Become a Recipient Agency

Family Giving Tree works with a network of over 500 non-profit and school partners to serve more than 100,000 low-income Bay Area children and individuals every year.

As an organization we do not directly distribute holiday gifts and/or backpacks to those we serve. Instead, Family Giving Tree prepares the requested holiday wishes or school supply needs on behalf of our partner agencies and schools, who then distribute the items to their clients or students.

Each recipient agency and school has reached out to the Family Giving Tree and let us know how we can best support their needs and the mission of their organization. We could not be as effective as we are without our many nonprofit partner agenciesand schools.



Application Process

We partner with Bay ARea schools and agencies serving children, families, and individuals living in need. Nonprofit partners must have a current 501(c)3 nonprofit classification. Partner schools must have a student body where a minimum of 80% of students qualify for the free/reduced price lunch program.

To apply, please send a copy of your organization’s 501c3 paperwork or school demographic profile, website link, and estimated number of holiday gifts or backpacks you require to agencies@familygivingtree.org and title the email Back-to-School Drive Registration Inquiry or Holiday Wish Drive Registration Inquiry.

We partner with Bay Area schools and agencies serving children, families, and individuals living in need. Nonprofit partners must have a current 501(c)3 nonprofit classification. Partner schools must have a student body where a minimum of 80% of students qualify for the free lunch program.


Holiday Wish Drive (nonprofit agency partners)

All registration inquiries must be received by July.

Instructions: Please send a copy of your non-profit agency’s website, 501c3 paperwork, client age range, and estimated number of holiday gifts you require to agencies@familygivingtree.org and title the email Holiday Wish Drive Registration Inquiry. We do not have availability to provide schools with holiday gifts, only non-profit organizations.


Back-to-School Drive (K-12 school partners)

All registration inquiries must be received by March.

Instructions: Please send a copy of your school’s demographic profile, percentage of students receiving free or reduced lunch, and estimated number of backpacks you require to agencies@familygivingtree.org and title the email Back to School Registration Inquiry. We do not have availability to provide nonprofits agencies with backpacks, only K-12 schools with 80% or more of students receiving free or reduced lunch.


Are you an individual  looking for help?

The Family Giving Tree does not distribute backpacks or holiday gift wishes directly to individuals. Everyone we serve is in some way connected to a school or nonprofit and receives our support through that organization.

If you personally need assistance and you don’t have a local school or nonprofit agency near you, we suggest you contact The United Way of Silicon Valley: Call 2-1-1 for information and referral for Santa Clara County. Or, if outside the county, call 866-896-3587.