At SVCF we view our corporate partnerships as integral to our ability to strengthen the common good locally and throughout the world. Pursuing that goal in partnership with companies has manifested in many different ways throughout the years - but one common thread is a commitment to capacity-building within our own organization, the nonprofit community and our field.
- Building our own internal capacity – In 2016 to better serve our corporate clients, we are looking at opportunities to enhance our operations and technology to provide best-in-class experiences for our corporate clients and their grantees. We’re striving for greater transparency and more powerful functionality in 2016 and beyond. We’ve also added some talented new staff to the corporate responsibility team, broadening the in-house expertise we offer and the level of service we provide.
- Building the capacity of nonprofits – Through initiatives such as Silicon Valley Gives, we have offered capacity-building trainings and support to nonprofits in our region. Our corporate partners have acted as a powerful force for good within this meaningful campaign within our region. Additionally, through our Global Charity Database, we are expanding access to new donors for NGOs around the world. And in many cases we are working with corporate partners to facilitate cohorts, improve tech donation programs and place talented executives on nonprofit boards.
- Advancing our field – In 2016 we will be hosting a number of events, including the Corporate Philanthropy Institute (with our partner Northern California Grantmakers) and an awards event recognizing the stellar efforts of companies and practitioners. We’ll also continue our work serving the India CSR Affinity group. And we are working on some reports and research that will serve as resources to emerging CSR practitioners.
This capacity-building work will be ongoing for many years to come. I look forward to these exciting initiatives in 2016 and am grateful for the opportunity to work with all of you to serve and advance the social impact sector.