Our Mission

To positively impact the growth and well being of children in the communities in which we work by supporting organizations focused on assisting in their education and personal development.

Shop With a Cop Volunteers Needed!


It’s hard to believe but the 7th Annual Shop with a Cop Heroes and Helpers Holiday shopping spree is just around the corner. This year, the Holiday shopping spree will be held on Wednesday, December 10th at Target-533 Coleman Avenue from 8:00 AM-11:30 AM. This year, there will be 60+ students benefiting from the shopping spree ranging from 3rd-6th grade.


We are soliciting a minimum of 40 volunteers to work the various stations such as, Santa’s Helpers, gift wrappers, greeters etc. for the shopping spree. Please let me know if you can help us out by providing names of the volunteers.

There will be a mandatory meeting for all volunteers on Thursday December 4th at 5:30pm at the Sonoma Chicken Coop, 90 Skyport Drive #100, San Jose, CA to give you your assignments

Please spread the word to those you know who might want to help.

Please respond to Alicia (avcortez57@yahoo.com) no later than November 21st. Slots will be filled based on your timely response.

We truly appreciate your continued support.

Alicia Cortez-Secretary
Shop with a Cop Foundation of Silicon Valley

Mentoring Young Men To Move Forward


There are thousands of non-profit organizations that service women. Bringing them back from a dark place, supporting them while they get on their feet, providing positive influences to give them the courage to succeed in life.

An organization that does these things for men is much harder to come by and that’s part of what makes Scholastic Interest Group (SIG) so unique.  The young man who started this organization, Malik Wade, grew up in inner-city San Francisco and could not resist the appeal of street life. Although a promising athlete with potential to do great things, by the time of his graduation, he was under investigation for selling narcotics and was eventually sentenced to 14 years in prison. He came out seeing the world in a whole new light.

Wade started this organization so these kids wont have the same fate he did.  The group works to expose at risk male student athletes to a world of learning and professional opportunities in hopes that they will be inspired to continue their education through high school and into college.  Wade has become a father figure, older brother, and guardian angel to many of these kids who would not otherwise have a male role model in their lives.  There program includes athletic coaching and competitions, university tours, one-on-one mentoring, and college prep/life skill workshops.

While the mentorship and athletic portions of their program have been quite successful, the group has struggled to be able to go on the college visits as they wish. They are currently crowd funding to raise money for a van that can carry more that 10 kids at a time so they can go on field trips to Universities in the area.

Find out more about the great things in organization is doing and help them reach their goal. Visit www.scholasticinterestgroup.org


Girl On The Edge


What do you think of when you reminisce back to your teenage years? Prom, football games, physics tests? Having so much to look forward to in college and in life.  Some teens are not so lucky to have these be there experiences. They struggle with the battle of self worth, depression, thoughts of suicide and the destruction to themselves and others.

The Sky’s The Limit Fund is in place to help teens get out of this rut; put them back on a positive and healthy path through outdoor wilderness therapy.  They want every teenager to achieve their full potential as healthy and valued members of society.

On December 10th, a very special movie is being shown at BlueLight Cinemas in Cupertino in support of The Sky’s The Limit Fund.  Girl On The Edge is a powerful true story about the journey of a troubled teenage girl who finds healing in the most unlikely of places.  We are inviting you to join us in this private viewing.


There is no cost for tickets but a donation is encouraged as any proceeds will go towards The Sky’s The Limit Fund. Showtimes are 5:00 and 7:30pm on December 10th. Reserve your seats HERE.

Keep Calm and #Unselfie


Join the Global Movement! Show your support for #GivingTuesday by posting an #unselfie of yourself stating how you give back. All you have to do is write how/why you are giving this year on our #unselfie card found HERE. Post a “selfie” of you and the card onto your facebook page to share with your friends and encourage them to do the same. Use the hashtags #unselfie and #GivingTuesday and tag @Intero Foundation so we can find you.

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Tom Tognoli, President and CEO of Intero Real Estate Services showing why he’s joining the #unselfie movement.

Winter Coat Drive Starts Tomorrow

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#GivingTuesday – Giving back in every way


This year, the foundation will be participating in #GivingTuesday happening on Tuesday December 2nd.  It’s an incredible day encouraging giving back of all sorts and sizes.  Check out how you can participate:

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A Place of Hope, Hospitality and Healing


Our last round of grants included some great organization one of which is just down the street from our Intero headquarters.

Take a short drive across 280, head right down Homestead and you’ll find JW House. Located on the Kaiser Permanente Santa Clara campus, this home away from home provides a place for families to stay while their loved ones are undergoing treatment at any of the nearby hospitals.

They accept day guests as well as overnight guests both of which are welcomed and treated like family throughout their stay with hot meals, a place to rest for a bit and an escape before heading back to the hospital helping to make their time there a little less stressful. Check out what makes this a magical place full of hope, hospitality and healing.

JW House video

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A Family Supportive Housing Thank You


We can’t express how much we appreciate this lovely thank you card from Family Supportive Housing. We recently granted them $7,000 to support the Voyager Child Development Center, which provides reliable, quality childcare for homeless infants and preschool children at the same site their families receive emergency shelter. We’re excited to see how this center will make a difference in our community.

Family Supportive Housing Thank You

Seven More Silicon Valley Non-Profits Funded by the Intero Foundation


Over $225,000 given to local Bay Area children in 2014 alone, and they’re not stopping!

On September 18th, the Intero Foundation issued their fourth round of grants for the year directed towards the California communities of Almaden in San Jose, Cupertino, and Menlo Park. In 2002, the leaders of Intero Real Estate Services, Inc., a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate and wholly owned subsidiary of HomeServices of America, Inc., founded the Intero Foundation to be a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting children in the communities local to where Intero conducts business.

Over a decade later, the Foundation empowers a diversity of organizations that positively impact the education and personal development of children. Through Intero’s agents, employees and fundraising events, the Foundation has generated over $3 million with an endowment of more than $775,000 and has given $225,000 in 2014 year to date.

In order to sustain its commitment to giving back to the community, each quarter, the Intero Foundation presents grants to non-profits that have been approved by the Foundation Committee. This third quarter round of grants were brought to the foundation by Intero’s offices located in San Jose’s Almaden area, Cupertino, and Menlo Park. A total of $31,500 split amongst the following organizations:

  1. Jose Valdes Math Foundation – Provides a comprehensive math education to middle and high school students to achieve academic success. A grant of $6,000, presented by Intero Almaden, an independently owned and operated franchise, will go towards their intensive summer math program.
  2. Pathways Home Health & Hospice – A community based organization that provides health services and hospice care at home for elders to children with life-threatening illnesses. A grant of $3,500, presented by Intero Almaden, will provide care givers to terminally ill children so they can spend their last days at home surrounded by family.
  3. Cancer Care Point – Provides counseling services to anyone whose life has been touched by cancer. A grant of $5,000, presented by Intero Cupertino, will go towards support services for cancer patients and their families.
  4. JW House – Provides a place for families to stay while their loved ones are going through treatment at a local hospital. A grant of $3,000, presented by Intero Cupertino, will go towards their GAP program (Guest Assistance Program) which is designed to help families facing financial crises by discounting or waiving the overnight fee to stay at the facility.
  5. Neighborhood Arts – Provides after-school arts education for the East Palo Alto Charter School. A grant of $1,500, presented by Intero Menlo Park and Intero Woodside, will go towards the purchase of personalized portfolios for participating students.
  6. Bring Me A Book – Works to strengthen the language and literacy skills of underserved children. A grant of $7,500, presented by Intero Menlo Park and Intero Woodside, will support their Digital4Literacy program which gives preschoolers in Santa Clara and Oakland access to age appropriate ebooks.
  7. Scholastic Interest Group – Helps at risk young men residing in low income communities of San Francisco reach their full potential by offering a variety of programs that promote the importance of staying in school, the value of high education, and the critical need of personal character development. A grant of $5,000 will support educational “field trips” positioned to expose these young men to a world of learning opportunities and professions in the hopes that they will be inspired to continue their education through high school and into college.

To find out more about the Intero Foundation, visit the website at interofoundation.org.

A Little Gratitude on Your Friday Afternoon


Last month we received a very sweet letter from one of our August grant recipients, Shop With A Cop. Our grant of $7,200 will help fund the organizations Heroes and Helpers Holiday Shopping spree which allows qualified children from the Readers are Leaders program the chance to shop for gifts for themselves and their family during the holidays with a Police Officer. We’re happy we could help to make these kid’s holidays a little brighter and are humbled by the kind words of gratitude from the organization below.

Shop with a Cop