Gifts for Teens                  is sponsored by the    American Association of University Women–San Jose (AAUW-San Jose) 
It is a tax exempt  organization that has been working with teenagers in Silicon Valley since 1997

At holiday time several community organizations collect toys and gifts for younger children, but donations for teenagers are always low. This means many of the teens living below the poverty level in Santa Clara County will receive no gifts during the holiday season.

Gifts for Teens brightens the holidays for many of these overlooked young people with special gift bags brimming with fun and practical items. The goal is to provide a holiday gift to homeless and low-income teenagers who may not have any special attention at this festive time.

Each year Gifts for Teens volunteers gather donated items and gifts purchased with cash donations to fill girls totes and boys gym bags. These bags are given to needy teens living in San Jose. With support from a broad base of over 600 Silicon Valley volunteers, corporations, and community organizations approximately 1,500 bags are filled and given as presents.

With each donation, Gifts for Teens can make the holidays special for over a thousand young people.

Gifts for Teens

  All donations are tax deductible

        Tax ID # 77-0201841


SD Trombetta Fundation - Cash donation of $10,000 for purchasing duffels, totes, and bag gifts
Silicon Valley Cares - A major monetary grant to GFT for 2017. SVC sponsors the popular Broomstick Ball.


Hitachi Data Systems  - donation for over $7,000
Silcon Valley Gives - fundraising  for over $9,000
Cisco Systems - 700 Sweatshirts
Weingarten Realty - December workspace to complete gift bags
SD Trombetta Foundation - generous cash donation to buy bags
Whole Foods  Markets Blossom Hill - fundraiser
Second Harvest Food Bank - snacks for teens
Los Gatos History Club - generous cash donation
Almaden Valley Women’s Club - cash donations
Old Spaghetti Factory  - gift cards
Golfland - gift certificates
Archbishp Mitty High School - student drives for gift items
Presentation High School - student drives for gift items
Numerous Individual Donors - cash donations and teen items

Go to our  2016 News and Events  page to find out more about 2016 donors.

Visit Almaden Times 2016, October 7 article “Gifts for Teens delivers joy as well as presents”
For more information or to donate please contact Elaine                                                                                                     
or call  (408)

                              2015 MAJOR DONORS

Go to our  2015 News and Events  page  to find out more about 2015 donors, including:

San Jose Sharks Foundation Grant of $24,300 for new shoes
Silicon Valley Gives May 5, 2015 raises $6,400

SDT Foundation Grant of $5500 for new shoes                                
Los Gatos History Club Fund Raiser A World of Taste  raises $4,730               
Hitachi Data Systems has donated a generous $3700

SanDisk donates USB Drives
Whole Foods, Blossom Hill Market  Nickels For Non-Profits2015_News_%26_Events.html