Eight Days of Impact Giving
Kara's annual spring event raises important funds which provide accessible healing services to bereaved children and adults in the Bay Area. Challenged by the current COVID-19 pandemic climate, those who are grieving need care and connection more than ever. In lieu of an in-person event, we are hosting a virtual online experience to provide impact giving opportunities to support Kara's mission.
2020 Virtual Fundraiser: May 2nd - May 9th
View our 'keynote' video interview featuring Allison Gilbert, author of the book Passed and Present: Keeping Memories of Loved Ones Alive. Her stirring work exposes the secret and essential factor for harnessing loss to drive happiness and rebound from adversity. She serves on the Board of Directors for the National Alliance for Grieving Children and the Advisory Board for the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, the preeminent national organization providing grief support to families of America's fallen heroes. Allison is also the official narrator of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum's core historical exhibition audio tour. She currently serves on the Global COVID-19 Relief Coalition to advise on support for people grieving a loss without having the closure of physical presence at the end of life or a memorial service following death.
You Can Make an Impact
Donate and participate in our daily interactions from May 2nd through May 9th. Click on and view our calendar which highlights our daily videos, how your generosity supports the bereaved, Silent Auction dates and times (Monday -Tuesday, and Thursday - Friday), and special days for donor prize drawings. Simply click on the links below to donate, make a pledge or participate in our online auctions. Be sure to share this page with your friends and colleagues via email and social media.
Your Donation Can Be Doubled! To inspire your giving and kick off our online fundraiser, John Kriewall and Betsy Haehl, long-time supporters of Kara, have promised a matching gift -- up to $25,000. Take advantage of this exciting chance to have your generosity matched dollar for dollar! Thank you for your kindness and continued generous support, John and Betsy.
Thank you for participating in our 2020 virtual fundraiser! As illustrated in the testimonials below, your support provides grieving individuals and families the important space and connections that are beneficial in their journey toward renewed hope and meaning after loss. Your donations allow us to act on our guiding value of empathy and deliver hope and healing daily.
We are deeply grateful for your kindness and generosity.
Jim Santucci, CPA
My grief counselor from Kara was exactly what i needed at the time i needed it. I had lost my only son, and she had as well, in the same way, there was nothing i could tell her that surprised her, all the terrible thoughts i was having , I felt so hopeless, but she showed me that such a loss is survivable, and that life still will have meaning and gladness, at some point.
In the Irish language, the word for friend is Cara (but is pronounced like Kara). So when I think of Kara, friendship and love is what comes to mind...Thank you again, from the bottom of my heart, for all you have done for my family.
I can't imagine not having this experience. I feel it helped heal and transform my grief into a greater intention to honor all of my ongoing life through this beautiful wide awake lens of living and being present to the moment and meaning of life.
Kara helped connect me to a friend and someone to talk to. It was very hard when everyone close was going through difficult times and family lives so far away. Kara services connected me with a friend and a source or hope and comfort when I felt like I had no one.
I literally don’t know how I would have gotten through this past year without my group and my individual peer counselor. Having someone or a group of people who understood, on a weekly basis was invaluable.
My counselor accompanied me on the toughest journey I have ever had to take and without that support I know it would've been much tougher and taken me much longer to reach this point. I am so impressed by the support services offered by Kara. Thank you!
Kara is the only place I know where a grieving person can receive the kind of understanding and guidance, directly from a skilled person who has most likely had a similar experience in their own lives, on how to deal with the pain and suffering of a loss.
The agency is run professionally. The staff and facilitators are mature and experienced. There was no mandatory fee for services, but I was filled with gratitude and was more than willing to make a donation.
As a 501(c)(3) non-profit Kara is eligible to accept bequests. Please consider including Kara in your will or trust. Our federal identification number is 94-2431483. Contact us at 650-321-5272.