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About Us

Danford Foundation is a Redwood City based foundation that supports over 150 local charities.

It was formed in 1982 by Redwood City residents, Fred and Gladys Danford. Katherine Fisher was their executive assistant, and she assisted the Danfords in putting the Foundation together with the help of their CPA, Dan Shehi, and their attorney, Frank Hannig.

Danford Foundation does not maintain offices or staff. Rather, its directors utilize their resources to more efficiently run and manage the Foundation.

The Foundation invests in their existing portfolio of 150 charities that support local health, education and welfare.

Rarely is the Foundation open to new grant requests due to its longstanding commitment to and relationship with its portfolio of existing recipients. The Foundation primarily considers local charities with efficient, immediate, and sustained beneficial impact on our local community.

Fred and Gladys Danford

Charities We Support

  • Abilities United (formerly CAR)
  • A Friendly Place, Oakland
  • Advocates for Children (CASA)
  • A.L.S. Bay Area Chapter, S.F.
  • Alzheimer’s Assn, Mountain View
  • Alzheimer's Assn. Memory Walk
  • American Cancer Society, Oakland
  • American Cancer Society-Relay for Life
  • American Cancer Society (Scholarships)
  • American Cancer Society (Walkathon)
  • American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
  • American Heart Assn, Burlingame
  • American Institute for Cancer Research
  • American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter
  • Angelman Syndrome Foundation, Inc.
  • APLA (Aids Project Los Angeles)
  • Arthritis Foundation of No. Cal., SF
  • Assn of Small Foundations
  • Autism Speaks
  • Ballet San Jose
  • Bay Area Cabaret
  • Bay Area Jewish Healing Center
  • Both Sides Now
  • Boy Scouts, Pacific Skyline
  • Boy Scouts - Sea Scouts
  • Breathe California - SM & SF Counties
  • Broadway By the Bay, Youth, San Mateo
  • Camping Unlimited
  • Canada College (Scholarship Fundraiser)
  • Canine Companions for Independence
  • Capital City AIDS Fund (CCAF)
  • Casa de Redwood Foundation, RC
  • Center for Independence of Disabled
  • Colon Cancer Alliance
  • CORA
  • Create a Smile Foundation
  • Daly City Library
  • Dancers' Group
  • Disabled American Veterans, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Dolores Street Community Services
  • Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose
  • El Crystal Elementary School, San Bruno
  • Emergency Breast Cancer Fund
  • Family Builders
  • Floating Doctors
  • Foster City Community Center
  • Foster City Youth & Teen Foundation
  • Fox RWC Foundation
  • Fresh Takes, Inc.
  • Friends of Foster City Library
  • Girl Scouts - Sea Scouts
  • GLAAD
  • Gleason Scholarship Fund
  • Guide Dogs for the Blind, San Rafael
  • Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco
  • Hearing Loss Association
  • Hillbarn Theatre
  • Horace Mann School
  • InnVision Shelter Network, Burlingame
  • Job Train
  • Joe DiMaggio Baseball
  • John Gill Elementary School
  • Junior Giants
  • Juvenile Diabetes Research Fdn., SF
  • Kainos Home & Training Center, RC
  • KQED, San Francisco
  • Larkin Street Youth Services
  • Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, SF
  • Lions Eye Foundation, SF
  • March of Dimes, SF
  • Marine Science Institute, RC
  • Mid-Peninsula League of S.F. Symphony
  • Mills-Peninsula Hospital Foundation, SM
  • Mouse Squad of California
  • Muscular Dystrophy Association, SM
  • National Kidney Foundation
  • National Multiple Sclerosis Society
  • NOH8
  • Notre Dame Elementary School
  • Notre Dame High School
  • Notre Dame de Namur University
  • One Mind for Research
  • Our Lady of Mount Carmel
  • Parkside Intermediate School
  • Pathways Hospice Foundation
  • Peninsula Boys and Girls Club
  • Peninsula Clergy Network
  • Peninsula Conflict Resolution Center
  • Peninsula Social Club Scholarship Foundation
  • Peninsula Stroke Association
  • Peninsula Symphony Assn, SM
  • Peninsula Volunteers, Menlo Park (Vol. Center)
  • Peninsula Youth Sailing Foundation
  • Police Activities League, RC
  • Rafael House, SF
  • Read Write Now
  • Rebuilding Together
  • Redwood City Community Bank
  • Redwood City Community Theater
  • Redwood City Library Foundation, #1
  • Redwood City Library Foundation #2Books
  • Redwood City Rotary Charitable Fdn
  • Riekes Center
  • Ronald McDonald House, Palo Alto
  • Rotary Club of Peninsula Sunrise
  • Saint Anthony Foundation, Menlo Park
  • Saint Anthony Foundation, SF
  • Saint Dominic Church, SF
  • Saint Francis Center of RWC
  • Saint Jude’s Children’s Hospital, Memphis
  • Saint Pius Church, RC
  • Saint Pius School, RC
  • Saint Vincent de Paul, SM
  • SVdP Catherine's House, SM
  • Saint Vincent de Paul, Sunnyvale
  • Salvation Army, Redwood City
  • Salvation Army, SF for San Bruno/San Mateo
  • Samaritan House, San Mateo
  • San Mateo County Health Fdn, SM
  • San Mateo Historical Association, RC
  • Sequoia Awards, RC
  • Sequoia Hospital Foundation, RC
  • Sequoia Hosp. Kennett Nursing Scholarship
  • Service League of San Mateo County
  • SF Aids Foundation
  • Sheriff's Activity League
  • Shriners Hospitals for Children
  • Silicon Valley Foundation
  • SMUIN
  • Somewhere2turn
  • South Bay Opening Day (SBOD)
  • Special Olympics of No. Cal, Pleasant Hill
  • StarVista (fka YFES)
  • St. Luke's in the Desert, Tuscon, Arizona
  • Susan G. Komen for the Cure
  • Tapestry Church
  • Toys for Tots
  • Trevor Project
  • UCSF Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
  • Veterans Memorial Senior Center
  • Visual Aid
  • Women's Recovery Center, Burlingame
  • YMCA of the Mid-Peninsula
  • Young Dreamer Network