About SVCF

SVCF About Us

Silicon Valley Community Foundation advances innovative philanthropic solutions to challenging problems. 

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. 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.

SVCF formed in 2007, and we are proud that since then we have awarded more than $6 billion in grants locally, nationally and globally. Of those grants, more than $3 billion has gone to support charities in the nine-county Bay Area in California.

Learn more about how we help strengthen the common good:

What We Do

We play an exciting role in addressing the social, economic, and environmental challenges of our communities. SVCF provides leadership, expertise and capital to help address social issues in our region. We also serve as a resource for nonprofit, civic, government and philanthropic organizations. There are four primary ways in which we contribute:

  • Commission research: We commission research to identify emerging issues, monitor trends and provide analysis. To read about research we have recently commissioned, visit the publications page.
  • Conduct public discussions: We bring people together to engage in discussion and problem solving. These events often stimulate new insights while encouraging diverse perspectives. Check our calendar for information on upcoming events and discussions.
  • Advocate: We take principled positions on critical issues and advocate policy outcomes. To learn more about policy, visit the publications page.
  • Create initiatives: We often launch initiatives and special projects, partnering with other foundations, corporations, nonprofits, donors and government agencies to work on specific topics or issues. Visit our strategic initiatives page for more information.

How We Work With You

Community leadership requires collaboration, and we partner with other foundations, corporations, nonprofits, donors and government agencies on cross-sector solutions that multiply our reach and impact. Our credibility and determination to objectively identify solutions for overall benefit gives us the unique ability to link diverse groups, with different agendas, together in a common effort. Our leadership has led to significant progress on difficult issues such as education reform, the child welfare system, economic security, social equity and environmental awareness.

Who We Work With

Individuals, families, businesses and organizations work with us to create permanent charitable funds that help address our community’s challenges. SVCF invests and administers these funds. For donors, we offer a range of charitable giving options that provide tax benefits and strategic advice about philanthropy. All of our work is carried out adhering to a set of core values:

  • Courage
  • Collaboration
  • Inclusion
  • Respect
  • Accountability

Stories About Our Impact

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SVCF invests in Californians for Justice because “They are building a future where every voice matters,” according to Civic Participation Program Officer Jack Mahoney. CFJ’s commitment to California's youth inspires civic leadership.

We see the life-changing potential CalSavers can have for low income workers, says Financial Stability Program Officer Alexandra Bastien. SVCF believes CalSavers will reduce poverty and have generational impact through proper education and outreach.

SVCF has recently provided a grant to support the Silicon Valley Pro Bono Immigration Network (SVPBIN), a project housed within the Tahirih Justice Center that aims to increase access to no-cost, culturally competent, linguistically appropriate immigration legal services in Silicon Valley.

We're working differently with partners, starting with awarding matching grants of $20,000 to four local community foundations. Each of the foundations has had the opportunity to utilize their grants in different approaches to meet the varying needs of the communities they serve.

Responsible, informed, and effective philanthropy is not easy, as Lydia and Tom Moran have learned over the last seven years of giving. “There are so many needs,” said Lydia. “Figuring out where best to give is hard work.”