SVCF Blog

Jun 22, 2021
Based in San José, African American Community Service Agency provides programs, services and activities to perpetuate and strengthen African American identity, culture, values, traditions, knowledge and family life. To that end, AACSA runs many programs, including a summer science camp,... Read More
Jun 17, 2021
Photo credit: African American Community Service Agency Last year, Santa Clara County became the first county in our state to officially make Juneteenth a paid holiday. This week, the United States Congress followed suit, passing a bill that recognizes Juneteenth as a federal holiday.... Read More
Jun 16, 2021
San Mateo County's coastal communities are often overlooked, and historically have experienced challenges such as economic insecurity, lack of basic health services, limited public transportation and lack of access to affordable housing. These issues persist in these underserved communities... Read More
Jun 11, 2021
The events of the past 15 months have challenged us in ways that we never thought possible. From the pandemic, to wildfires and a contentious election season, this period also shined a light on the injustices that pervade our country. Silicon Valley Community Foundation’s donors have risen... Read More
Jun 09, 2021
Photo credit: A mural by local artists Francisco Ramirez and J. Duh Can public art have a deeper meaning than simply beautifying public spaces? San Jose-based arts organization Local Color is showing that art can challenge racism and pressing social issues. During the demonstrations following... Read More
Jun 07, 2021
To Nancy Blachman, mathematics has always been more than memorizing the multiplication facts, learning formulas, and carrying out procedures. She has fond memories of working on mathematical problems and puzzles when she was growing up in Palo Alto, California. Several teachers encouraged Nancy... Read More
Jun 03, 2021
“I’m going to sound like a total cheeseball,” Frankie Sapp said. “But the ultimate goal is for people to see their own value and to feel loved. I hope we can do that in a myriad of ways through all the services, programs and resources we provide.” Sapp is the... Read More
Jun 02, 2021
The United States is home to more than 23 million Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. AAPI communities are an integral part of our country’s history and they continue to make lasting social, cultural, economic and political contributions. However, they often remain underfunded and... Read More
Jun 01, 2021
In 2014, Silicon Valley Community Foundation was selected to be part of an initiative funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to support local journalism. That work has evolved over the years, involving new partners and dozens of grantees. Today, through our Local Journalism Fund, our... Read More
May 21, 2021
Since 1984, SVCF grantee Anamatangi Polynesian Voices (formerly known as Pacific Island Outreach) has aimed to support the mental, physical, communal and spiritual wellbeing of East Palo Alto Pacific Islander families and groups that seek them out, acting as a bridge for people to receive... Read More

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