Educating children. Empowering families. Enriching community.

2014 Annual Report

A word from our Executive Director, Donna Cahill


Dear friends,

Our legacy was born out of love 115 years ago with the vision of ending the cycle of poverty through education and support. In 2014 we celebrated both the 90th birthday and 70th jubilee of our dear Sr. Marianne Smith who has dedicated her life to our children and their families. Her commitment represents so many of our friends, families, and community partners like YOU who have stood by our mission year after year—and for this, we are eternally grateful.

This legacy carries on… through Teacher Charissa “Rissa” Ferguson of our Starfish Class who recently received the “Excellence in Teaching Award” from First 5 San Francisco’s Preschool for All Program! Teacher Rissa tirelessly dedicates her life to our children and much of her “free” time to her own educational advancement. By studying the latest best practices in early childhood education and bringing this into the classroom, Teacher Rissa ensures that her children have the high-quality experience needed to gain the self-esteem and skills needed for lifelong development. We are honored to have Teacher Rissa as part of the Day Home family!

And the legacy carries on… as our Young Professionals Auxiliary Group (YPA) grows both in numbers and reach. Dedicated to helping our children and families succeed, the YPA recently chaired our 2015 Coming Home Cocktail Party: MCM Grand & Casino that raised over $150,000 for our Embrace-A-Child Program! It is an exciting time for the Day Home knowing that our vision is ignited with the passion and dedication of this next generation of philanthropists!

And the legacy carries on… in you! It is with YOUR partnership that our mission is vibrant so that Sr. Marianne and teachers like Rissa are able to get what they need for our children and families. Through your contributions to our programs or to the endowment via our Virginia Fair Legacy Society, our mission lives on changing lives now and for another 115 years!

With gratitude for your partnership,

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Donna M. Cahill
Executive Director

Financial Report

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Young Professionals Auxiliary Group in action

The Young Professionals Auxiliary Group (YPA) serves to promote the mission and vision of Holy Family Day Home through volunteering and fundraising. YPA meets monthly to discuss new opportunities to support early childhood education and family support services through social events, volunteering and community partnerships.







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2014 gifts to Holy Family Day Home

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Virginia Fair Legacy Society boasts 30 charter members

Virginia FairThe Virginia Fair Legacy Society, formed a little over a year ago to honor those who have made plans for bequests or other estate gifts to the Day Home, recently enrolled its 30th charter member.

The Society is named for Virginia Fair, pictured here, a generous supporter of the Sisters of the Holy Family and their Day Homes. She was the key benefactor responsible for building the Day Home located at our present site at the corner of 16th and Dolores Streets to replace the original location destroyed by the 1906 earthquake. Virginia obtained the land, hired architect Willis Polk to design a building specifically to accommodate young children, and oversaw the project.

“I’m so pleased that the Society already boasts 30 members,” said Nancy Solari, honorary chair, “and dozens of supporters have indicated they are considering taking this step in the future. It is a testament to the loyalty that long-time donors feel for the Day Home’s mission.”

Mrs. Solari and her family helped to launch the Legacy Society with their generous gift from the estate of her husband, Jerome, after he died in 2012. Jerome’s two older brothers attended the Day Home and he never forgot his mother’s gratitude for that support. He served on the board in the 1980s and led successful fundraising efforts for capital projects at that time. Jerome’s estate gift launched the Day Home’s endowment fund and provided the impetus to form the Virginia Fair Legacy Society to encourage others to follow his example.

A list of charter members of the Virginia Fair Legacy Society appears in the donor list above.

Interested individuals can continue to join as “charter members” through the end of 2015, so it is not too late for you!

If you would like to find out more about the ways you can arrange a bequest or other gift from your estate, please contact Development Director, Ken McKinney, at 415-565-0504, Ext. 201 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Three good reasons you should have an estate plantree

1. For your family

2. For your peace of mind

3. For future generations of children in San Francisco

For all of these reasons, Holy Family Day Home encourages its donors to have up-to-date estate plans. Your loved ones will know your wishes for your estate, you are assured that your intentions for your estate are honored, and if you make a provision to benefit the Day Home from your estate, you will ensure that our work for the children of San Francisco will continue well into the future. Click for more information.