SVCF to receive donation from San Francisco 49ers

In recent days, SVCF CEO Emmett Carson has been in conversations with the management of the San Francisco 49ers about a charitable donation to SVCF. Details of this donation are still being finalized.

In the meantime, we are sharing the following statements in response to early media reports about the football team’s donation, which will be focused on responding to social inequity.

Statement from Jed York, CEO of the San Francisco 49ers:

“Today, I am committing that the 49ers Foundation will contribute $1 Million to the cause of improving racial and economic inequality and fostering communication and collaboration between law enforcement and the communities they serve here in the Bay Area.

We are partnering with the Silicon Valley Community Foundation and the San Francisco Foundation in this effort. We have chosen to work with these two organizations because they have proven track records of effecting change in the face of challenging problems and have the collective reach to make the greatest impact. Silicon Valley Community Foundation is the largest community foundation in the world, managing $7.3 billion in assets and more than 1,800 philanthropic funds globally. The San Francisco Foundation has served the people of the Bay Area since 1948, almost as long as the 49ers franchise. We are excited to work with these two renowned foundations over the coming months to develop a giving plan to help our community find unifying solutions to these pressing issues.”

Statement from Emmett D. Carson, Ph.D., CEO and president, Silicon Valley Community Foundation:

Emmett’s statement: “The 49ers have leveraged their platform during a crucial moment in our nation’s history to help instill social change and a unified front across our communities. We’re honored to work together with the 49ers Foundation in this endeavor to tackle the challenging problems currently facing our society. Their commitment to social progress will directly aid our efforts to make a greater impact in fostering unity throughout San Mateo, Santa Clara, and San Francisco counties.” – Emmett D. Carson, Ph.D., CEO and President, Silicon Valley Community Foundation

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