SVCF Blog

Mar 16, 2016
Erica Wood To me it seems like a fairly short time ago that Silicon Valley Community Foundation began making its first grants to community organizations in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties. I clearly recall the many community meetings we held to... Read More
Mar 15, 2016
On January 1, 2015, California joined the ranks of a handful of states that offer drivers’ licenses to undocumented immigrants. In the days that followed, television news showed long lines of people waiting outside DMV offices from Humboldt to Oceanside. These applicants had come out of the... Read More
Mar 14, 2016
SVCF is happy to announce the addition of Erica Bleicher, pictured, to our development team. Erica is based in San Francisco and available five days a week to host meetings with advisors and their clients to provide the information necessary to meet clients’ philanthropic goals. Erica is... Read More
Mar 10, 2016
Silicon Valley continues to lead and innovate, but staying on top won’t be easy Silicon Valley is still the leader among the nation’s innovation capitals in terms of prevalence of technology jobs and worker productivity – but the region’s excellence is not without... Read More
Mar 04, 2016
Technology is changing how we live, work and play.  Teachers are expected to help students acquire skills that were unimaginable only a few years ago. We monitor the rhythms of our bodies through wearable devices that provide instant feedback -- giving each of us more... Read More
Mar 03, 2016
Corporate grantmaking programs are as diverse in operations as they are in size, budget and focus areas. Some programs include an employee engagement component where staff is involved at different levels of corporate grantmaking. An emerging and unique model is including employees in the... Read More
Feb 23, 2016
With Silicon Valley Gives – our region’s giving day – just over two months away, it’s a great time to review how people making a donation to their favorite charity may be able to benefit the charity even more by taking advantage of an employer’s matching gift program... Read More
Feb 19, 2016
Jenise and Kevin Henrikson with their daughter at Deer Hollow Farm Thanks to a little digital elbow grease – and SVCF’s online giving day, Silicon Valley Gives – one couple last May helped the beloved nature-education nonprofit Friends of Deer Hollow Farm raise as... Read More
Feb 12, 2016
On a sunny winter morning in Mountain View, a small group of donors gathers around coffee in a bright conference room at SVCF. They are about to be introduced to four local nonprofits that seek to tackle issues from childhood cancer to reducing juvenile gang violence. Each nonprofit is working to... Read More
Feb 12, 2016
As an “emerging practitioner” in philanthropy and corporate responsibility, I really believe the System can be harnessed to heal the world – not just exploit it. Apparently, I’m not alone. Report after report indicates that Millennials have a deep hunger to weave positive... Read More

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