Friends of Deer Hollow Farm (FODHF) is an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization raising funds for Deer Hollow Farm. The Board is composed of a maximum of 13 volunteers.
The Board welcomes new members to fulfill its mission: raising money for the Farm. Serving as an ambassador for the Farm are key skills, but an overriding requirement is a passion for preserving the Farm.
Board member work requirements:
FODHF Mission Statement
Since its founding in 1994, Friends has raised more than $1.1 million for:
• Farm operations and improvements
• Field trip scholarships
• Animal care and feed
• Volunteer Farm projects
The entire Board meets three times a year in person. The Board relies on email, phone and committee meetings to communicate. Board members work on one or more committees such as: Grant Request Writing, Marketing or Donor Relations.
We seek funding and community support for the farm’s annual $425K operational budget.
Funding comes from a variety of sources, including Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District, Santa Clara County, the cities of Mountain View, Cupertino and Los Altos Hills and Friends.
Friends funds Farm improvement projects recommended by the Farm staff. Friends has funded more than $128,000 in Farm improvements including a duck pond, cow, pig and chicken barns.
Field Trip Tuition
Friends provides field trip scholarships for nearly half the 5,000 elementary students from 48 Silicon Valley schools in 14 cities. This allows children from low-income areas to participate in the Farm’s renowned educational program.
Friends supports the Farm Animal Fund for animal feed and care, which is funded strictly by donations.We also help staff the Farm’s Nature Center and booths at events.
Friends’ Funding Sources
Most of Friends’ funding comes from community partnerships, foundation grants, government entities and individual donors. Friends maintains a website and Facebook page to keep the public informed about the Farm and to solicit donations year-round. We also raise funds during the annual SVGives Day fund-raising campaign. Therefore, important (and valued) Board member skills include public outreach, social media, marketing and grant writing.
Join us now to make a difference.For more information, email FODHF President, Lauren Merriman, at lauren@deerhollowfarmfriends.