San Jose Mercury News Wish Book Fund, Inc. and Share the Spirit Fund

aka Mercury News Wish Book, EBT Share the Spirit   |   San Jose, CA   |  http://wishbook.mercurynews.com

Mission

The San Jose Mercury News Wish Book Fund Inc. and East Bay Times Share the Spirit encourage civic philanthropy by seeking reader donations to individuals, groups, and organizations in need in the Bay Area. Through an annual series of newspaper articles during the holidays, readers learn about needs and solutions, and all donated funds stay in the Bay Area to help those in need. The San Jose Mercury News Wish Book and East Bay Times Share the Spirit are rooted in the basic values of excellent journalism and a desire to help the less fortunate. Categories of giving include -- but are not limited to -- education, job training, health and welfare, youth and families, food and shelter and community resources.

Ruling year info

1990

President and Publisher

Ms. Sharon Ryan

Main address

4 N. 2nd Street Suite 700

San Jose, CA 95113 USA

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Formerly known as

DBA Share the Spirit

EIN

77-0229665

NTEE code info

Philanthropy / Charity / Voluntarism Promotion (General) (T50)

Fund Raising Organizations That Cross Categories includes Community Funds/Trusts and Federated Giving Programs) e.g. United Way (T70)

Other Philanthropy, Voluntarism, and Grantmaking Foundations N.E.C. (T99)

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Wish Book - Annual program of San Jose Mercury News

Each holiday season The Mercury News publishes a series of Wish Book stories illustrating specific community needs and offering readers a chance to make donations. Readers’ donations allow Wish Book to answer “wishes” for things like therapeutic equipment for children with autism, computers to help homeless people look for jobs and housing, holiday gifts for children in foster care, and so much more.
Our stories about their efforts illustrate how donations are put to work, so you can feel confident you are helping the families and communities we serve.

Population(s) Served
Age groups
Ethnic and racial groups
Health
Social and economic status
Family relationships

Share the Spirit shines a light on the special needs of our community. Each year since 1994, the East Bay Times Share the Spirit program , Share the Spirit has raised awareness and funding to help those in need right here in the Bay Area. We work in a unique partnership with nonprofit organizations in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties, working with 40-50 local organizations each year.
The organizations contribute their expertise to individuals mired in the toughest of situations, whether it’s offering a hot meal, warm winter clothing, or the support needed to escape homelessness. Our stories about their efforts illustrate how donations are put to work, so you can feel confident you are helping the families and communities we serve.

Population(s) Served
Age groups
Family relationships
Ethnic and racial groups
Health
Social and economic status
Age groups
Family relationships
Ethnic and racial groups
Health
Social and economic status

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San Jose Mercury News Wish Book Fund, Inc. and Share the Spirit Fund

Board of directors
as of 9/29/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Sharon Ryan

Lisa Buckingham

Bay Area News Group

Bert Robinson

Bay Area News Group

Neil Chase

Bay Area News Group

Leigh Poitinger

Bay Area News Group

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No