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.
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:
Stories About Our Impact
A grant from SVCF's Nonprofit Regional Fund helped the Boys & Girls Clubs of North San Mateo County stay afloat during the COVID-10 pandemic, and offered direct services to frontline workers by providing emergency childcare. It quickly transformed one of its five clubhouses into an emergency childcare center — no simple feat.
Shelter-in-place orders and the mandated quarantine have made it difficult for many to access public assistance programs in person. Many immigrants often feel more comfortable seeking trusted information through face-to-face interactions. With grant funding from SVCF, Working Partnerships was able to hire additional staff to scale up support for the community.
Second Harvest of Silicon Valley’s mission is to ensure that anyone who needs a healthy meal can get one. In this podcast, two leaders analyze the changes in needs they’ve seen in the community during the COVID-19 pandemic, complications and opportunities presented by shifts in the food supply chain and Second Harvest’s areas of focus.
COVID-19 has only exacerbated existing inequities, and we have seen that the COVID-19 death-rate among Black individuals is increasing at an alarming rate in our communities. Hear how the Black community has been disproportionately affected by COVID-19, why such disparate health inequities exist and what COVID-19 BLACK is doing to make a difference.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Project WeHOPE used grant funding from Silicon Valley Community Foundation's Regional Nonprofit Emergency Fund to provide critical services, like hand washing stations and virtual medical assessments, to unhoused residents.
To augment our region's social safety nets amid the COVID-19 pandemic, SVCF launched relief funds to help our neighbors struggling between paying rent or putting food on the table. With the generous support of donors and partners, SVCF bolsters the efforts of nonprofit organizations striving to make a difference in our communities.