SVCF Blog

Aug 15, 2018
This letter to the editor, authored by Silicon Valley Community Foundation, Austin Community Foundation and The Boston Foundation, was sent to Fast Company writer Ben Paynter on August 13, in response to his July article on donor advised funds. To the editor: Your two recent articles about the... Read More
Aug 07, 2018
We have always been tremendously proud to be able to partner with individuals and organizations who have a desire to make a positive impact on communities. Our donors support issues of personal significance from their past as well as ones they learn about as they connect with new communities over... Read More
Jul 30, 2018
With our 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. Greg Avis, interim president, and Erica Wood, chief community... Read More
Jul 26, 2018
Since its founding, our country has struggled with ensuring that its highest ideals guide the nation’s policies and practices. For example, the Equal Protection Clause in the 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution provides that “no state shall deny to any person... Read More
Jul 24, 2018
Low-income neighborhoods often lack banks and credit unions but are ripe with check-cashing services and payday lenders. When young people living in these communities begin working, they’re likely to use these convenient services, which charge high interest rates and offer no opportunities... Read More
Jul 17, 2018
Silicon Valley Community Foundation’s board of directors has begun its search for a new chief executive for the organization. As announced on June 27, the board has hired national search firm Spencer Stuart to conduct a nationwide search for a new, full-time president and CEO of SVCF. During... Read More
Jul 12, 2018
For the past 26 years, SVCF grantee Youth Leadership Institute (YLI) has worked to build communities where young people and their adult allies can create positive local change. With offices in San Francisco, San Rafael, San Mateo, Fresno and Merced, YLI develops young leaders to address social... Read More
Jul 06, 2018
With our 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. In this episode, we’ll hear from SVCF’s Interim... Read More
Jul 06, 2018
Through a fund with Silicon Valley Community Foundation, local philanthropist Sheri Sobrato Brisson and her team launched Shadow's Edge, a mobile game designed to foster self-inquiry and acceptance in teenage players facing chronic illnesses and other health challenges. Brisson saw that many... Read More
Jun 28, 2018
This June, Silicon Valley Community Foundation awarded 133 foundation-managed scholarships totaling over $695,000. Annually, SVCF administers more than 45 scholarship programs, which grant a total of about $1.4 million a year. This recent round of awards targeted graduating high school seniors... Read More

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