Philanthropy Now podcast: Modern fundraising and how to gain support for Silicon Valley causes

With SVCF's new Philanthropy Now podcast series, we explore trends in the world of philanthropy, social impact iniatives in Silicon Valley and beyond, and how SVCF promotes innovative philanthropic solutions to challenging problems.

Welcome to the very first episode of the SVCF Philanthropy Now Podcast! In this inaugural episode, we kick things off with a keynote address by a seasoned professional in the Silicon Valley fundraising scene, Emmett Carson, SVCF’s CEO.

Emmett has been a leading member of the local fundraising and philanthropic community for 10 years, and he delivered this address to the top fundraising professionals in the country at this year’s Association of Fundraising Professionals Symposium. In it, he highlights the challenges that Silicon Valley fundraisers face and talks in real terms about the situation, and what organizations need to understand to effectively gain support for their causes.


What you will learn:

  • How philanthropy mirrors our democratic society

  • The major misconception around ‘local’ giving and what fundraisers can do about it

  • Why making a compelling case to support a cause is the burden of philanthropic organizations, not donors

  • The importance of a strong social media presence when fundraising from a tech-centered donor base

  • The stats that show even in Silicon Valley there are challenges to be solved, but even bigger opportunities

Click here to listen to Episode 1: Modern Fundraising and How to Gain Support for Silicon Valley Causes, with Emmett Carson.