Philanthropy Now podcast: The ¡Sí Se Puede! Collective builds power in East San Jose

Based in East San Jose, the ¡Sí Se Puede! Collective is made up of five community-based organizations: SOMOS Mayfair, Amigos de Guadalupe, School of Arts and Culture at Mexican Heritage Plaza, Veggielution, and Grail Family Services. In this episode, SVCF Director of Capacity-Building Mauricio Palma is joined by three executive directors from the collective: Camille Llanes-Fontanilla, an SVCF Community Advisory Council member from SOMOS Mayfair, Cayce Hill from Veggielution, and Maritza Maldonado from Amigos de Guadalupe. These local leaders contributed to the ¡Sí Se Puede! Collective impact model, designed to build community power, advance justice and stand in solidarity with those working to dismantle oppressive systems. Listen to learn how the local community is transforming power relations in East San Jose.

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

Mauricio Palma, Director of Community-Building at SVCF,
Camille Llanes-Fontanilla, SVCF Community Advisory Council member & Executive Director of SOMOS Mayfair,
Cayce Hill, Executive Director of Veggielution,
Maritza Maldonado, Executive Director or Amigos de Guadalupe

What you will learn:

  • The origin of ¡Sí Se Puede! Collective & the concept behind the collective impact model
  • Racial disparities and challenges the Collective aims to solve
  • What drives these leaders & their nonprofits’ work & vision
  • Examples of how they have made a difference for underserved communities in East San Jose
  • How to address allyship & how other communities can leverage the collective impact model

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