San Francisco Business Times Corporate Philanthropy Awards: 13 SVCF Partners Named Top Bay Area Corporate Philanthropists


Silicon Valley Community Foundation is excited to announce that 13 of our corporate partners were recognized at the annual San Francisco Business Times Corporate Philanthropy Awards on Thursday, July 21st. This awards ceremony recognizes the 80 most philanthropic Bay Area corporations, as measured by charitable cash contributions to Bay Area organizations in fiscal year 2015. SVCF clients and partners donated a total of $68.1 million to Bay Area charities this past year. A warm congratulations to the following companies, listed below in order of award ranking among the top 80 philanthropic corporations:

16. Oracle
17. eBay 
 
The annual SF Business Times Corporate Philanthropy Awards affords an exciting convergence of CSR practitioners and nonprofit partners. Other highlights from the morning include:
 
Remarks by Dr. Ray Baxter, Senior Vice President for Community Benefit, Research, and Health Policy at Kaiser Permanente, who was honored for his exceptional contributions to Bay Area communities.  According to Baxter, “businesses are just another social institution... [they are] part of the community. We can do a lot more than give money.” 
 
Exploring Impactful Tech Partnerships, a panel featuring CSR practitioners from tech companies such as Oracle and Workday. The panel was attended overwhelmingly by nonprofit partners, leading to a fruitful exchange of advice. One example of this was a corporate foundation executive recommending to nonprofits that they solicit grants in exchange for corporate teambuilding activities which utilize employees as unskilled volunteers. The panelist advised that this requirement be presented as “standard industry practice.” 
 
The presentation of the Beyond the Check awards, recognizing corporations with outstanding giving beyond the realm of monetary donation. Audience members viewed short films showcasing the community engagement programs of awardees. Some examples included Recology’s artist residency program, where local artists are commissioned to develop pieces using items from Recology’s landfills, as well as ZenDesk’s community health initiatives. Among other opportunities, employees at ZenDesk volunteer to offer recreational rickshaw rides to senior citizens and to distribute harm reduction kits to vulnerable drug users in San Francisco's Tenderloin neighborhood.
 
Inspiring words from a number of speakers on the Executive Panel, Bold Giving Strategies. Justin Steele, Principal at Google.org and a champion for supporting racial justice in the realm of corporate philanthropy, urged companies to take risks in their giving and “lean in to the messiness of social change.” 
 
We applaud all 80 award winners and their commitment to making the our communities strong, vibrant and healthy. For information on how SVCF can help your CR program, including employee engagement and grant making, please contact donate@siliconvalleycf.org