Silver Linings (Silver Lining Giving, Inc.) was founded by Michael & Claire Silver in 1997 with generous support from Audio High and is incorporated as a 501(c)(3) non-profit. Michael has been doing non-profit and volunteer work since 1974.

Our main work over the years has focused on the health and welfare of children.

Some of our beneficiaries include the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford, Cystic Fibrosis Research, Inc. (CFRI), the Elf Foundation, the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Architects of a New Dawn (led by Carlos Santana), the Tech Museum, South Peninsula Community Teen Youth Group, and High School music programs. Our work also includes support for national groups like the American Red Cross (Michael is a Red Cross instructor and volunteer) and Caring for Kids (through the NFL Alumni organization).

Our main focus right now is on providing free programs in culinary education, nutrition, and health to underpriviledged children and bringing programs to underserved schools and communities. We are partnering with Focus Health, Gardyn, and AeroGarden, with other exciting partnerships soon to be announced. More information about our culinary schools can be found below.

Montessori-Based Culinary Education for Children and Teens

Hale View Partners, LLC builds Little Kitchen Academy culinary schools for kids in Washington State and Oregon and provides classes at cost to Silver Linings so we may give scholarships to disadvantaged kids and teens, allowing them to attend for free.

These classes are designed specifically for kids so they not only learn to cook, learn about food and nutrition, and develop good eating habits, but also to acquire important life skills including problem-solving, working cooperatively and independently, self-worth, and communication. We also bring similar programs to schools and communities to allow kids and young adults — who may not otherwise have these opportunities — to benefit from these programs.

We will be able to leave hydroponic gardening systems (courtesy of Gardyn and Aerogarden) with the schools and community centers so kids may watch these gardens bloom over time, harvest the food, and learn about nutrition and sustainable community gardening and agriculture. We find that when kids grow and cook their own foods they are excited about and open to new foods and better nutrition. Learning cooking skills also helps empower our kids to both be more independent and work cooperatively.

If you know of a candidate individual, school, or organization you believe would benefit from our programs, please contact us.

Advisory Board

Dr. David Estroff is an expert in pediatric medicine and pediatric nutrition. He graduated from the Hahnemann University School of Medicine in 1976. He works in Tacoma, WA and three other locations and specializes in Internal Medicine/Pediatrics and Pediatrics. Dr. Estroff is affiliated with Madigan Army Medical Center. His experience also includes work as a pediatrician at Madigan Army Medical Center and at United States Army Health Center Grafenwoehr in Germany. Prior to that, he served as a pediatrician at MultiCare Medical Center in Tacoma, Washington. He has also been involved in research and residency programs.

Donate Your Old Gear!

Buying a new pair of speakers and don't know what to do with your old pair? Donate it and take a tax deduction. We will take care of selling your old gear, and you will get a tax write-off for the value of the goods. No muss, no fuss!


All donations made to Silver Linings are tax-deductible.

No Overhead

Silver Linings is a 100% volunteer organization. All office space, management, and labor are donated by the Silver family, so the money we raise goes to our charitable programs rather than overhead.

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