In honor of SVCF's 10th anniversary, we're featuring stories of the amazing individuals, families and organizations that have partnered with us to develop their philanthropy and address pressing issues in Silicon Valley and beyond.
Juniper staff during an employee volunteer event
Juniper Networks Foundation Fund
In 2011, the philanthropic arm of Sunnyvale, California-based Juniper Networks set out to shine a spotlight on human trafficking and how it affects us locally. Shortly thereafter, it partnered with SVCF to fund a report by Not For Sale, an organization dedicated to ending human trafficking and modern-day slavery.
“Often when you think of human trafficking, you think of it as a problem in a foreign country or a long way from home, but in reality, it is a significant problem right here in California,” said Rebecca Nalder, SVCF’s director of corporate responsibility. “It made sense for us to highlight the issues right here in Silicon Valley.”
The report was published in October 2014 and concluded that the San Francisco Bay Area, which is the third highest-intensity area for child sex trafficking in the nation, needs more high-quality resources to address the issue. Since then, the report has been used to inform lawmakers, educate first responders and medical care providers, and raise awareness among the public.
“The intention was really just to bring attention to this problem in Silicon Valley,” Nalder said. “But when you produce content like this, it’s also an opportunity for government officials and civic leaders to come together and talk about solutions, which is exactly what’s happening.”
Caltrain Holiday Train
In 2012, SVCF was asked to get involved in one of the Bay Area’s most beloved holiday traditions — the Caltrain Holiday Train. Five years later, SVCF is proud to partner with Caltrain on the two-day event each December in which a lighted, decorated train stops at nine Bay Area stations to spread holiday cheer. At each stop, carolers set the stage and Santa, Mrs. Claus and Frosty visit with children all while hosting a toy drive for underprivileged kids.
“It’s a free event that’s open to the public, so it gives people who aren’t in the nonprofit or philanthropy worlds a different way to connect with SVCF,” said Caitlin Bayly, senior development associate with SVCF. “The partnership with Caltrain is important to us because Caltrain and public transportation play an important role in the Bay Area community. Plus, the Holiday Train is just a really fun holiday tradition, and a nice thing to do for the community.”
Other highlights from SVCF's work with corporate clients
SVCF has built a deep partnership with Microsoft over the last decade. SVCF facilitates Microsoft’s software donation program and competitive cash grant rounds in Silicon Valley, which together have awarded over $20 million in support to nonprofits working in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties. SVCF also manages Microsoft’s nonprofit board placement program for employees, and Microsoft served as lead sponsor of Silicon Valley Gives, the online giving day SVCF presented 2014-16.
Software corporation SAP recently commissioned SVCF to complete a benchmarking study about corporate international grantmaking structures and to propose recommendations for enhancing SAP’s grantmaking approach. Findings were based on a sample of 14 multinational companies, headquartered either in the United States or Europe. The participating companies shared insights into how company corporate social responsibility (CSR) leadership executes its overall CSR strategy, grantmaking structure, policies and guidelines. SVCF presented the results at SAP’s global CSR team meeting.
Texas Instruments Community Service Awards
To honor its legacy of social responsibility and commemorate its 80th anniversary in 2010, Texas Instruments (TI) launched the TI Founders Community Service Awards. This program recognizes and rewards employees committed to volunteerism. In 2011, TI partnered with SVCF to leverage their global expertise and expand the program to all TI employees worldwide.
Paul G. Allen Ebola Program
The Paul G. Allen Ebola Program came to SVCF in the fall of 2014 seeking a partnership that would provide a seamless way for individuals to take action against the Ebola outbreak and support the critical needs of medical professionals infected with Ebola. SVCF played an instrumental role in launching, managing and reporting on the progress of the #TackleEbola online crowdfunding campaign. More than $150,000 was raised enabling timely support for organizations and individuals fighting Ebola.