Charitable Endeavors

Like many fraternal organizations whose origins are traced back to the 19th century or earlier, the Native Sons of the Golden West began as a mutual aid society. In the days before such programs or concepts as old-age pensions and workers' compensation had come into prevalence, and when insurance often was expensive and difficult to obtain, people depended upon mutual aid societies literally to care for their orphans and widows. As time passed, the Native Sons cared for orphans more generally, whether they were the offspring of members or not, and for many decades provided adoption placement services. By the middle of the 20th century, foster care and other government-directed social welfare programs had assumed those functions; so the Native Sons sought out some new venture to provide charitable services to youngsters whose needs had been overlooked.

Cleft Palate Fund

Cleft Palate Fund

Founded in 1953, this fund is a registered 501(c)(3) corporation dedicated to helping children who are born with a cleft palate or other craniofacial birth defects. The idea took hold and snowballed. Today, the Native Sons Charitable Foundation annually contributes approximately $200,000 to hospitals that treat children with cleft palates and other forms of cranio-facial anomaly. Presently each hospital clinic at University of California San Francisco at Mission Bay, St. John's Hospital/Health Center in Santa Monica; and Sutter Memorial Hospital in Sacramento, receive equal shares of the annual donation. From time to time, additional donations have been made to other hospitals, such as Children's Hospital in Oakland, that also work in treating children and young adults with a cleft palate or other craniofacial birth defects.

Cleft Palate Fund Donation Form

The Charitable Foundation was incorporated in 1951 and the first donation to UCSF Hospital Cleft Palate Clinic was made in the amount of $500 in 1953.

The Charitable Foundation NSGW came into being as result of two separate needs. The first was the desire of the Native Sons to find a cause of a charitable nature to sponsor, in response to the wishes of our members.

The second was awareness of the underfunded and largely ignored clinic, at the University of California, San Francisco. It was called the Cleft Palate Clinic, and exclusively treated very young children, born with cleft palate/hare lip.

Because of the success of our program, it has expanded to include the Craniofacial Clinic at St. John's Hospital, Santa Monica in 1969 and Sutter Health Hospital in Sacramento in 1992. The NSGWCF is the longest uninterrupted supporting donors to these three Craniofacial Clinics.

All Charitable Foundation funds donated to these hospitals go directly to treatment of children, with no overhead costs, with the agreement that no child will be refused treatment for any reason.
The Native Sons of the Golden West Charitable Foundation is a separate, non-profit corporation (501 (C) 3 and is tax deductible for donations.

The total donations to all clinics as of 2022 is: $7,433,440.00

Totals for 145th Grand Parlor March. This is approximate total
of the March. Actual totals and complete breakdowns of parlors
and memorial donations will be put on the website at
Because of COVID and all the problems of parlors not meeting or
having functions, proceeds from the Cleft Palate March are down
this year, but we are very thankful for all the donations from parlors,
members and friends who gave so generously. Thank you very much.
Remember you can donate at any time of the year.


PARLORS                            $64,678
MEMORIAL FUND       $11,675
PLEDGES                            $10, 250
PLEDGES                            $9,000

OTHERS                           $9,306


Charitable Foundation Latest News June 2022

Here is a list of recent donations to our Charitable Foundation in Honor of or in Memory of. Such donations are a fine way to honor deceased members, friends or relatives. The Charitable Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization and all contributions are tax deductible. When you make a donation to the NSGW Charitable Foundation in memory of a family member, friend or loved one, an acknowledgement card is sent to the person you indicate who you like to receive it. You can use our donation envelopes or go to to copy and send your donation with instructions. We always send a card with name and donor and also send it for inclusion in The Native Son.

Recent donations:

In Memory of Philip Martin
Wayne Vaughn
Cynthia J. Large

In Memory of Dorothy Smith
Joe & Marilou Ursino
Robert & Kathy Santos
Phil Wong
Jan Fauss
The Conti, Daniels and Tucker Families
Judy Harty

In Memory of Raymond P. Luciano
Richard Newsom
Ron Galvan
Estudillo Parlor # 223

In Memory of Daniel Herborn
Robert & Kathy Santos
Eden Parlor # 113
Marv & Marlene Rodriguez
Ron & Rita Holliday
Scott & Bertha Herborn
PM Builders
Marini Properties
Nina, Chariotte Santos

In Memory of Billy Hale
Steve Cravea
Joe & Linda Neitzel
Duke & Ruth Chapman

In Memory of Carol Almendariz
Joe & Linda Neitzel
Steve Cravea

In Memory of Anthony J. Bondi
Mike & Dorine Ravizza
The 7:30 Club
Mary Esteban
San Jose Parlor # 22

In Memory of Duane Fields
Robert & Kathy Santos
To the Cleft Palate Fund
Network for Good
Pamela Weil
Calif. Resources Corporation

In Memory of Doris Marianno
Steve Cravea
Dianne Cravea
Joe & Linda Neitzel

In Memory of Wayne Stoker
Robert & Kathy Santos
Eden Parlor # 113

In Memory of Richard Newsom
Robert & Kathy Santos
Joe Neitzel PGP
Ron & Rita Holliday

In Memory of Debbie Campbell
Judy Harty

In Memory of Harly Harty PGP
Judy Harty

In Memory of Dennis Motta
Joe Neitzel PGP

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