Silicon Valley Community Foundation Welcomes Edward Wang as VP of Donor Engagement

Edward Wang brings expertise in philanthropy, social innovation and nonprofit management to support SVCF’s mission of driving enduring community change in Silicon Valley and beyond

Silicon Valley Community Foundation (SVCF) has hired Edward Wang as its Vice President of Donor Engagement. Wang has more than 20 years of experience creating strategic bridges between the philanthropic sector and the nonprofit sector to achieve mutual social impact goals. In his new role, he will create and implement strategies to enhance relationships with existing SVCF donors and build new partnerships to drive meaningful impact in the Silicon Valley region.

“I am thrilled to welcome Edward to our team,” said Nicole Taylor, president and CEO of SVCF. “With his experience and talents, Edward will help us further our goal of building and nurturing a culture of effective philanthropy in Silicon Valley.”

Wang joins the recently appointed Executive Vice President of Donor Engagement and Corporate Responsibility, Judi Powell, Ph.D., on SVCF’s Donor Engagement team.

“Strong donor relationships are critical to SVCF’s work of connecting our networks and resources to ensure equity and opportunity for all residents in our region,” said Powell. “I look forward to working with Edward on our Donor Engagement team as we work to deepen the community foundation’s relationships with our fundholders.”

Prior to joining SVCF, Wang was the Director of Corporate Social Impact at Tides, where he helped grow the portfolio of corporate partners and expand the scope of services to meet their evolving needs. Previously, Wang served as the Senior Advisor for Program Innovation at Tides, where he advised individual and family philanthropists, foundations and nonprofits in growing capacity and scaling impact. Before joining Tides, he was the Development Manager for World Savvy, an education nonprofit dedicated to closing the global competency gap in K-12 schools in the U.S. He also worked as the Development Officer for the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, where he was responsible for building the organization's individual giving program and expanding support from institutional funders.

Earlier this year, SVCF announced three new additions to its leadership team. Along with Dr. Powell, Gihani Fernando joined as Vice President of Strategy and Board Affairs and To Tsang joined as Senior Vice President of Information Technology and Knowledge Management. The foundation also announced the addition of Scott Kupor, Van Ton-Quinlivan and Jennifer Urdan to its board of directors.

About Silicon Valley Community Foundation

Silicon Valley Community Foundation is a regional catalyst, connector and collaborator. We bring together the resources and skills of donors, business, government and community to solve some of our region’s toughest challenges. We promote philanthropy in our region and support philanthropists to invest with impact. Through advocacy, research, policy and grantmaking, we seek systemic solutions to drive enduring community change.

More than 1,800 individuals and families and over 60 companies partner with Silicon Valley Community Foundation using our donor advised fund (DAF) and corporate advised fund services. The minimum amount required to open a DAF at SVCF is only $5,000. More than a third of donor advised funds held at SVCF have balances of $25,000 or less. We encourage and advise donors to be active philanthropists and to give on a continual basis. Under our rigorous policy to discourage inactive funds, if after two years a donor has not recommended any grants from their DAF, SVCF will pool and distribute the funds through our Community Endowment Fund.