SVCF Blog

Jun 13, 2019
”On Citizenship Day, I helped a woman who has had her green card since 1989 and decided to apply for citizenship because it was the first time that she had enough money to pay for the application fees,” said SVCF Immigration Program Officer Anne Im. “This event... Read More
Jun 10, 2019
As recently as four years ago, filling out the online application for food stamps in California took about an hour. People had no choice but to use a desktop computer, because the application didn’t work on mobile devices.  In 2015 the nonprofit Code for... Read More
Jun 07, 2019
What does it mean to put community at the center of our local community foundation’s work? How do we build a strong, vital, sustaining organization that can be what this region needs today, 10 years from now and 20 years from now? How do we serve our community’s donors and residents... Read More
Jun 07, 2019
From left: Erica Wood of SVCF; Thurman White, SVCF board member; Milan Balinton of African American Community Service Agency; Nicole Taylor of SVCF; Byron Johnson of East Bay Community Foundation; George Brown, SVCF board member; James Head of East Bay Community Foundation. Photo credits on... Read More
Jun 05, 2019
What can be done to help our homeless neighbors in the Bay Area? In this episode of our Philanthropy Now podcast, Pastor Paul Bains, who leads Project WeHOPE and Dignity on Wheels, talks with Gina Dalma, SVCF’s vice president of government relations, about his work to find short and long-term... Read More
May 31, 2019
Corina Rodriguez is worried that people in her community won’t get counted in the 2020 census. And she has good reason to be. Rodriguez is the Safety Net Services Manager at Puente, a nonprofit community resource center in San Mateo County’s South Coast region. SVCF supports Puente... Read More
May 24, 2019
“Be a chatterbox,” said California Secretary of State Alex Padilla, during an April visit to Silicon Valley Community Foundation to discuss the importance of local civic engagement and the need for participation. “Text your friends, your family, your neighbors and remind... Read More
May 22, 2019
Our nation’s suburbanization has prioritized the use of cars and highways, leading to traffic, pollution and inequity. Silicon Valley is no exception. In this episode, Vinita Goyal, Housing and Transportation Program Officer at Silicon Valley Community Foundation, talks with Bob Allen,... Read More
May 07, 2019
Many families struggle to find a balance when it comes to technology use with their young children. Silicon Valley Community Foundation and Common Sense Media recently released a fully bilingual technology guide for grown-ups with young kids. In this episode, Michelle Sioson Hyman, Deputy Director... Read More
May 03, 2019
I've had the good fortune to be on a listening tour over the last hundred days. I've sat down with people who have had long relationships with Silicon Valley Community Foundation, and with others who are leaders of community organizations, schools and government. I've had the... Read More

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