Philanthropy Now Podcast: Why focus on collaboration? Merging two nonprofits to help Silicon Valley children

In the Philanthropy Now podcast series, we explore trends in the world of philanthropy, social impact initiatives in Silicon Valley and beyond, and look at how SVCF promotes innovative philanthropic solutions to challenging problems.

This episode explores the motivations, challenges and opportunities that exist when two Bay Area nonprofits merge. Our speakers will discuss how TeenForce and Silicon Valley Children’s Fund merged to become the new Silicon Valley Children’s Fund. The merger of the two organizations is the outcome of Microsoft’s YouthSpark program, which creates collaboration among participating nonprofits.

The four speakers are Eli Latimerlo, manager of corporate responsibility at SVCF; Jakob Rosenberg, philanthropy and civic engagement coordinator at Microsoft Bay Area; John Hogan, founder and former CEO of TeenForce; and Elise Cutini, CEO of Silicon Valley Children’s Fund.


Eli Latimerlo, manager of corporate responsibility at SVCF


What you will learn:

  • How two organizations negotiated and prepared for a merger.

  • What similar programs the different groups were working on that brought them together.
  • How they worked issues through in advance to be prepared as much as possible.

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