SVGives thanks: Your donations touched lives

Jill Rademacher

At SVCF we are still celebrating the completion last month of another very successful Silicon Valley Gives, our region’s 24-hour giving day to support more than 1,000 local nonprofit organizations. By now you’ve likely heard that we raised more than $7.85 million for charities that day – and I am not exaggerating when I say that that accomplishment simply would not have been possible without the enthusiastic support of so many of our SVCF donor families. 

Here’s what one of our donor families heard from one of the charities they supported, which advocates for foster youth, in the days following SVGives: 

We are most certain that your matching grant provided the inspiration that allowed us to not only meet, but surpass our goal. Most importantly for CASA of San Mateo County, we have raised the funds necessary to take 40 foster children off our waitlist. These foster children will receive the life changing gift of a CASA volunteer who will spend time with them weekly, advocate for them in the courtroom, the classroom and beyond and be a consistent caring champion as they navigate the overwhelming child welfare system.

Stories like this remind us anew that our charitable donations mean real, positive change for people in need. Months ago, our philanthropy advisors began working with many of you to establish matching gifts and prizes for dozens of local nonprofits – and it was those gifts that helped the nonprofits rally their supporters and incentivized them to spread the word about their work and about SVGives day. 

In addition to the funds that were raised on May 3, the other lasting legacy for the community came from all the great training sessions for nonprofits that SVCF scheduled in the lead-up to the giving day itself. Often with the help of volunteer speakers, we offered nonprofits training in how to strengthen their social media efforts, tell their stories across multiple platforms and reach out to media, as well as how to incorporate a giving day into their overall fundraising strategies. Helping charities build their capacity to fundraise and share their stories will pay off all year long, well after the SVGives.

To all those who created matching gifts, volunteered at our SVGives activities or donated on May 3, everyone at SVCF extends our sincere thanks to all the donors in our SVCF family who were a part of SVGives! Thank you for your partnership, and have a wonderful summer.