About Us

Danford Fisher Hannig Foundation

Founded as the Danford Foundation

40 Years of Service to our Local Community

The Foundation was formed in 1982 by Redwood City residents, Fred and Gladys Danford. Katherine Fisher was their executive assistant, and she assisted the Danfords in putting the Foundation together with the help of their CPA, Dan Shehi, and their attorney, Frank Hannig.

Longstanding Commitment to Community

Rarely is the Foundation open to new grant requests due to its longstanding commitment to and relationship with its portfolio of existing recipients.

We are proud to have donated over $12 million to help support our community, with emphasis on health, education, youth, environment and diversity.

Numbers Speak for Themselves


Local Charities Supported


Donated to Date


Years of Service

Charities We Support

The Foundation primarily considers local charities with efficient, immediate, and sustained beneficial impact on our local community.

  • 10,000 Degrees
  • Abilities United
  • AIDS Lifecycle
  • Alzheimer's Association, Memory Walk
  • American Cancer Society
  • American Diabetes Association
  • American Heart Association, Burlingame
  • American Institute for Cancer Research
  • American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter
  • Aquarium of the Bay
  • Arthritis Foundation of No. Cal., SF
  • Ayuda International Inc.
  • Bay Area Cabaret
  • Bay Area Jewish Healing Center
  • GO2 Foundation (Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation)
  • Boy Scouts - Sea Scouts
  • Boy Scouts, Pacific Skyline
  • Breast Cancer Emergency Fund
  • Breathe California of the Bay Area
  • Broadway By the Bay, Youth, San Mateo
  • California Inclusive Sailing
  • California School for the Blind
  • Camping Unlimited
  • Canine Companions for Independence
  • Casa de Asilo
  • Casa de Redwood Foundation, Redwood City
  • CASA of San Mateo County
  • Children's Health Council
  • Colon Cancer Alliance
  • COPD Foundation
  • CORA
  • Coral Restoration
  • Daly City Library
  • Dancers' Group (Post Ballet)
  • Daughters of Saint Paul
  • Disabled American Veterans
  • Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose
  • DRED
  • Earlier
  • Easter Seals Bay Area
  • El Crystal Elementary School, San Bruno
  • Exploratorium
  • Exponent Philanthropy
  • Faith Hospice
  • Floating Doctors
  • Foster City Community Center
  • Foster City Village
  • Foster City Youth & Teen Foundation
  • Friends of Foster City Library
  • Girl Scouts - Sea Scouts
  • Girls Scouts - Troop 62623
  • Give & Surf
  • Gleason Scholarship Fund
  • Guide Dogs for the Blind
  • Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco
  • Healthy Cities Tutoring
  • Hearing and Speech Center-Nor. Cal.
  • HLAA - Hearing Loss Association of America
  • HEART of San Mateo County
  • Helpers of the Mentally Retarded
  • Help for Wounded Warriors
  • Hillbarn Theatre
  • Holy Name School
  • Ingrid B. Lacy
  • Jewish Community High School of the Bay
  • Junior Giants
  • Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, SF
  • Kainos Home & Training Center
  • KQED, San Francisco
  • Larkin Street Youth Services
  • Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, SF
  • LifeMoves
  • Lions Eye Foundation, SF
  • Maitri, SF
  • Marine Science Institute, Redwood City
  • Mills-Peninsula Hospital Foundation
  • Mission Hospice & Home Care
  • Miss Redwood City San Mateo County Scholarship Organization
  • Mouse Squad of California
  • Muscular Dystrophy Association
  • National Child Safety Council
  • National Kidney Foundation
  • National Multiple Sclerosis Society
  • National Ovarian Cancer Coalition
  • Notre Dame de Namur University
  • Notre Dame Elementary School
  • Notre Dame High School
  • One World Children's Fund
  • Our Lady of Mount Carmel School
  • Pacific Legal Foundation
  • Parkside Intermediate School
  • Pathways Hospice Foundation
  • Peninsula Boys and Girls Club
  • Peninsula Conflict Resolution Center
  • Peninsula Family Services
  • Peninsula Social Club Scholarship Foundation
  • Peninsula Symphony Association of Northern California
  • Peninsula Volunteers, Menlo Park
  • Peninsula Youth Sailing Foundation
  • Peninsula Sunrise Rotary Club
  • Planet Hope
  • Planet Rehab
  • Police Activities League, RC
  • Rebuilding Together
  • Redwood City Community Theater
  • Redwood City Library Foundation, #1
  • Redwood City Rotary Charitable Foundation
  • The Richmond/Ermet AID Foundation (REAF)
  • RIDE
  • Rollingwood Elementary School
  • Ronald McDonald House Charities Bay Area
  • Saint Anthony Foundation, Menlo Park
  • Saint Anthony Foundation, SF
  • Saint Dominic Church, SF
  • Saint Francis Center of Redwood City
  • Saint Francis High School
  • Saint Luke's in the Desert, Tucson, Arizona
  • Saint Pius Church, Redwood City
  • Saint Pius School, Redwood City
  • Saint Vincent de Paul, Santa Clara County
  • Saint Vincent de Paul, San Mateo
  • Salvation Army, Redwood City
  • Salvation Army, San Francisco
  • Samaritan House San Mateo
  • San Bruno Park School District
  • San Mateo County Health Foundation
  • San Mateo Historical Association
  • San Mateo Sheriff's Office
  • Santa Clara University
  • Science From Scientist
  • Sequoia Awards
  • Sequoia High School
  • Sequoia Hosp. Kennett Nursing Scholarship
  • Sequoia Hospital Foundation
  • Sequoia Village
  • Service League of San Mateo County
  • SF Center
  • Shanti
  • Sheriff's Activity League
  • Shriners Hospitals for Children
  • Special Olympics Northern California
  • St. Francis Foundation
  • Saint Jude’s Children’s Hospital
  • StarVista
  • Susan G. Komen for the Cure
  • SVdP Catherine's House
  • Tapestry Church
  • The Representation Project
  • The Tower Foundation of SJSU
  • Toys for Tots
  • Trevor Project
  • Variety Children's Charity of Northern California
  • Veterans Memorial Senior Center
  • Women's Recovery Center
  • Woodside High School Musical Boosters
  • YBCA
  • YMCA of the Mid-Peninsula
  • Dream Volunteers
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