SVCF Blog

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
Jun 27, 2018
Over recent months, current and former employees of Silicon Valley Community Foundation came forward with accounts of workplace harassment and bullying by SVCF’s senior business development executive and raised concerns that the organization fostered an unhealthy workplace environment. These... Read More
Jun 21, 2018
We are deeply troubled by the heart-breaking images of families being torn apart at our borders. These actions go against our values of decency, respect and basic humanity.  Silicon Valley Community Foundation is strongly opposed to the Trump administration’s recent actions to separate... Read More
Jun 15, 2018
Abstract This case study illustrates the strategic use of a program-related investment1 or “PRI” by the Bernard A. Newcomb Foundation to fund an innovative blended finance structure, stimulate investment from other sources, accelerate the expansion of affordable eye care for low-... Read More
Jun 14, 2018
Many people in Silicon Valley’s African immigrant community live in fear. As Trump administration immigration policies make headlines, people who have worked hard to build lives here for years – even decades – no longer feel welcome. They worry that changes in... Read More
Jun 11, 2018
Since its founding in 2005, the Women Giving Opportunity (WomenGO!) has awarded over $1 million to support low-income women and girls in Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties through education, job training and leadership development. WomenGO! joined Silicon Valley Community Foundation in late 2017... Read More
Jun 05, 2018
Maria Ramos lives in Bakersfield, California, a town with a considerable Hispanic population. However, she has found a shortage of easily accessible Spanish-language resources related to voting. So when someone recommended she visit votersedge.org, she was thrilled to discover a Spanish version... Read More

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