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SVCF 2019 2019 Annual Report
By the Numbers

Advancing Innovative Philanthropic Solutions to Make Our Region & World a Better Place

$1.26 billion

in grants from all types of funds to local, national and global charities

14,897

number of grants awarded

Top causes, in millions

Local: San Mateo and Santa Clara counties

$177 million in grants

 

Donors supported a wide range of local nonprofit organizations, from education programs to legal services groups and more.

Top 10 causes this funding supported:

Education – $98M

Human Services – $20.9M

General Nonprofit Support – $9.2M

Health – $8.4M

Youth Development – $7.9M

Arts & Culture – $6.4M

Food Security – $5.8M

Community Development – $3.4M

Other – $3.1M

Public Safety – $3M

Top causes, in millions

Bay Area¹

$302 million in grants

 

The Bay Area faces complex challenges, spurring SVCF donors to support a wide range of charitable causes across the region.

¹This figure excludes grants made to San Mateo and Santa Clara nonprofits.

Top 10 causes this funding supported:

Education – $69.1M

Health – $49.4M

Sciences – $35.8M

General Nonprofit Support – $25.7M

Religion – $21.9M

Community Development – $18.8M

Arts & Culture – $18M

Civic Participation – $14.5M

Environment – $11.2M

Human Services – $8.3M

Top causes, in millions

Statewide²

$80.7 million in grants

 

SVCF donors supported a variety of charitable causes across California.

²This figure excludes grants made to charities in nine Bay Area counties.

Top 10 causes this funding supported:

Education – $29.9M

Arts & Culture – $7.9M

Health – $7.7M

Animal Welfare – $7.2M

General Nonprofit Support – $4.5M

Civic Participation – $4M

Human Services – $3.6M

Environment – $3.4M

Community Development – $2.6M

Housing and Transportation – $1.6M

Top causes, in millions

National³

$620 million in grants

 

SVCF donors supported a variety of charitable causes across the United States.

³This figure excludes grants made to California charities.

Top 10 causes this funding supported:

Education – $172M

Arts & Culture – $114M

General Nonprofit Support – $81.5M

International Development – $44.2M

Civic Participation – $38.9M

Community Development – $28.6M

Health – $26M

Human Services- $23.3M

Environment – $23.2M

Public Safety – $14.3M

Top causes, in millions

International4

$82 million in grants

 

From Mexico to India to South Africa, 72 countries received international grants from SVCF in 2019.

4This figure excludes grants made to U.S. charities and nonprofits.

Top 10 causes this funding supported:

Education – $26M

General Nonprofit Support – $17.3M

Animal Welfare – $13.6M

Sciences – $5.5M

Religion – $5.1M

Health – $4.5M

Arts & Culture – $2.4M

International Development – $2.1M

Human Services – $1.3M

Environment – $1.2M

$17.8M

in community support

Discretionary grants and disbursements are from funds directed by SVCF staff and board. They go only to nonprofit organizations that serve residents of San Mateo and Santa Clara counties. The stories below provide examples of work done thanks to SVCF-directed grants and initiatives.

$8.8M

from grantmaking strategies

Our grants aim to elevate livelihoods:

 

The Big Lift

Financial Stability

Housing & Transportation

Immigration

Civic Engagement

$9M

from special project initiatives

Our initiatives seek to promote equity:

 

Public Policy

Gilroy Victims Relief Fund

Addressing Homelessness

Corporate Responsibility

Gifts

69
new charitable funds created of all types for donors

SVCF received $1.4 billion in charitable contributions in 2019. We are grateful to our individual, family, nonprofit and corporate donors for their confidence in us as an effective steward and partner.

Bequests, charitable remainder trusts, life estates and outright gifts to SVCF’s Community Endowment Fund provide an important source of permanent charitable capital that helps meet the needs of our community.

Advised Funds 2019:

Fund Size

<$25K

$25K – $100K

$100K – $1M

$1M+

Scholarships

Through scholarships established with SVCF by individuals, families and organizations, we have awarded nearly $20.5 million to students since 2007.

More Scholarship Information

637

scholarships awarded for the 2019-2020 academic year

$2.66M

total amount of scholarships awarded

Operating Expenses

$26.8M
total operating expenses

Program Services: $12.8M

Management & General Operations: $10.5M

Fundraising & Development: $3.5M

We are responsible stewards of the assets entrusted to us and committed to accountability in our financial operations.

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