As a community foundation, SVCF serves the entire community — from individuals and families to nonprofits and donors to local officials, institutions and companies of all types and sizes. We build a sense of shared purpose, catalyze inclusive solutions and deliver positive impact that changes lives for the better.
In 2020, SVCF raised more than $65 million for pandemic response and leaned into a new strategic plan that will build more equitable systems and communities. We are helping our communities build their power to thrive using our advocacy skills, grantmaking initiatives and community partnerships.
One example of the thousands of nonprofits supported by SVCF is Sonrisas Dental Health. To meet new safety protocols for COVID-19, San Mateo County’s nonprofit Sonrisas Dental Health had to invest tens of thousands of dollars — while also facing severe revenue shortfall due to the pandemic. Two thirds of clinic visits are from individuals lacking insurance. Thanks in part to funding from SVCF’s Nonprofit Emergency Fund, the clinic was able to adapt many of its in-person services with virtual care and connection beyond dentistry.
“We support patients in as many ways as possible,” says Tracey Carrillo Fecher, CEO of Sonrisas. “That can mean just giving human connection in a time when people are so disconnected.”
San Mateo (78.6%) and Santa Clara (77.7%) counties had the top two census self-response rates in California, reflecting the tremendous efforts of our nonprofit partners. Organizations like California Healthy Nail Salon Collaborative mobilized their members through phone banking and canvassing to get out the vote and participate in the census and now they’re building on that momentum to increase civic participation
2020 Grants to Nonprofits, thanks to the generosity of our donors
* All figures exclude grants to other donor advised fund providers. Bay Area counties include Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano and Sonoma.
Using grant funding from SVCF’s COVID-19 Nonprofit Emergency Fund, Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County (CCSCC) responded to the pandemic by working to get cash relief to undocumented members of the community and share critical information about eviction moratoriums, shelter, legal support, food access and public health. In the last nine months of 2020, CCSCC provided meals to more than 400,000 individuals, 10 times the number of people the organization served in all its programs the previous year.
Lifting the voices of leaders who are fighting for racial justice on behalf of their communities is critical to our work. We launched our Community Advisory Council, where more than 20 leaders of color meet to ensure that our strategies and policies reflect the voices and needs of the communities we serve. We joined dozens of other funders and collaborated with Black leaders and organizers to create the California Black Freedom Fund, a $100 million initiative to provide resources to Black-led organizations. Launched in fall 2020 and housed at SVCF, the fund granted over $6 million to three networks serving more than 50 Black-led organizations across the state.
Silicon Valley Community Foundation is laser-focused on the creation and support of programs within underserved and under-resourced communities across Silicon Valley, as well as ensuring that community members are at the table of decision-making.
—Marlyn Bussey, pastor, St. James AME Zion Church in San Mateo and member of SVCF’s Community Advisory Council