SVCF Blog

Apr 21, 2022
SVCF has a history of engaging in capacity-building programming through past initiatives such as the Community Leadership Project and the Nonprofit Investment Program. With lessons learned from these previous initiatives, as well as data and feedback collected throughout our COVID grantmaking... Read More
Apr 19, 2022
The nonprofit organization Radical Monarchs encourages girls of color ages 8 to 11 to get involved in their communities and explore their racial identities. This story originally appeared in SVCF's magazine, published in January 2022. What does it mean to invest in the power of the people... Read More
Apr 07, 2022
Leticia and her family wait for a train during their adventure in Austria. Welcome to SVCF’s Staff Spotlight, an occasional series in which we present Q&A-style profiles of our staff members. In this edition, we feature Leticia Gonzalez, project manager for Movement- and... Read More
Mar 30, 2022
At the two-year COVID anniversary, let’s reflect on where our giving needs to go The first day of the national emergency around the pandemic was one of those moments in history where everyone remembers where they were and what they were doing when they heard the news. In many ways, the two... Read More
Mar 28, 2022
CEN staff and board members participate in the IDEAL (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Access, and Liberation) Program As Silicon Valley Community Foundation works to bolster local nonprofits, it has a strong partner in the Center for Excellence in Nonprofits (CEN) — both as a SVCF... Read More
Mar 25, 2022
SVCF COVID-19 & Regional Recovery In February 2020, as more COVID-19 cases were documented in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties, it was immediately clear that shelter-in-place orders would have devastating economic implications for some in our community. At Silicon Valley Community Foundation... Read More
Mar 23, 2022
Despite the pandemic putting a spotlight on the importance of childcare and educational support systems, only 15% of Silicon Valley donors give to early childhood development. Silicon Valley Community Foundation aims to use this data to drive more funding into the space Silicon Valley Community... Read More
Mar 14, 2022
The social fabric of our communities is complex, made up of many different systems -- housing, schools, jobs, businesses – that are all interwoven to support our residents. When one component of our infrastructure falters, the others also begin to unravel. For example, when a community... Read More
Mar 08, 2022
Through the Community Advisory Council, local leaders of color are giving voice to issues of equity In 2020, SVCF took a step it hadn’t taken before. “Creating the Community Advisory Council (CAC) was a critical cultural shift for our institution,” says Mauricio Palma, director... Read More
Feb 28, 2022
While Camila Ramos Garzon was studying computer science at California State University, East Bay, she pursued her interest in teaching people about technology. That passion eventually led to her current job as a developer advocate at PlanetScale, which offers a database-as-a-service platform.... Read More

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