History

History

Silicon Valley Community Foundation serves San Mateo and Santa Clara counties, from Daly City south to Gilroy. SVCF is focused on solving the most challenging problems, improving the quality of life and inspiring greater civic participation throughout the region. Our current grantmaking strategies are Economic Security, Education, Immigration and Building Strong Communities.

SVCF is the largest community foundation, with more than $6 billion in assets under management. We partner with families, individuals and corporations to manage and facilitate their philanthropy. We connect donors’ interests to the most pressing needs, whether in Silicon Valley or around the globe.  As a comprehensive center for philanthropy, SVCF shapes critical public policy issues, partners with nonprofit groups and institutions advancing the best ideas and directs resources swiftly and strategically toward unforeseen needs.

The community foundation began with a bold new mission to transcend county lines and solve problems more effectively. On July 12, 2006 the boards of Peninsula Community Foundation and Community Foundation Silicon Valley decided to merge into one, united foundation capable of creating positive regional change on a larger scale. Silicon Valley Community Foundation officially launched on January 3, 2007. One of the nation’s leading nonprofit executives, Emmett D. Carson, Ph. D. was appointed CEO of the new community foundation.

For more information on the history of our parent foundations, please view our foundation timeline.