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About the Children's Fund

Children's Fund History

The Children's Fund began in 1973 as a "grass roots" effort by social workers to assist foster children and other children in San Mateo County. They wanted to provide goods and services that were not available through public funds. The Children's Fund benefits children and teens being served by the County of San Mateo's Human Services Agency, probation and mental health departments, as well as any children living in poverty throughout San Mateo County.

The Program Today

Though the Children's Fund was originally designed to help children in need, it has grown to also assist families of these children to maintain family unity. Each year, more than 4,000 infants, children, and teens, are served by the Children's Fund.
We have developed a number of support programs that address the needs of both children and their families. Our programs include:
  • School Supply and Backpack Distributions
  • Halloween Costumes
  • Holiday Gift Program
  • Maureen Borland Orthodontics Endowment Fund
  • Children's Special Dental Needs Fund
Download our Children's Fund Brochure for more details.

Community Partnerships

In addition to our support programs, the Children's Fund encourages new ideas outside the scope of what we offer. We welcome partnerships with nonprofit organizations, businesses and individuals who wish to better serve our communities. We believe that if there is a need, then there is a way to fill that need. If you would like to collaborate with the Children's Fund to provide a new service, please contact us at

Fund Administration

The Children's Fund has no overhead costs. EVERY DOLLAR DONATED GOES DIRECTLY TO ASSIST A CHILD IN NEED. The San Mateo Human Services Agency pays all costs associated with the Fund. Contributions to the Fund are tax deductible. Our tax ID # is 94-6000532. Please contact us or visit our Donation Page to make a contribution. Thank you for your support! For more information, please contact us at: (650) 802-5152 or
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