SVCF Blog

Jun 16, 2015
The first half of this year has proven to me like never before that when philanthropy works on common ground with government, the combination can be one of the most powerful forces for community change. Let me give you a few recent examples.    In late May, I was honored to... Read More
Jun 15, 2015
The following remarks were presented at The Urban Institute’s Conference on Donor Advised Funds:  How Have They Changed Philanthropy? on June 16, 2015, in Washington, D.C. Almost overnight, donor advised funds (DAFs) have moved from nearly 85 years of obscurity to facing the... Read More
Jun 15, 2015
While payday loans are often marketed as short-term solutions for emergency cash needs, the two-week loans can quickly spiral out of control, forcing borrowers to take out successive loans to pay back the original loan and continue to make ends meet. In California, the State Department of... Read More
Jun 15, 2015
California Senate Bill 359, the Mathematics Placement Act of 2015, passed with a 40-0 unanimous vote of the Senate in early June. Senator Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles), a relentless champion for fixing the problem of math misplacement, was instrumental in navigating the bill through the various... Read More
Jun 15, 2015
In the past few months, Silicon Valley Community Foundation has seen significant growth in the number of local nonprofit organizations we serve through our Charitable Gift Annuity (CGA) program. SVCF is excited to be working with more local nonprofits to facilitate donations from their donors.... Read More
Jun 15, 2015
SVCF would like to thank all the sponsors, speakers and attendees that came to the Conference on Charitable Giving in May at Stanford University. We partnered with Stanford’s Office of Planned Giving to present this year’s great line-up, which included our own Mari Ellen Loijens... Read More
Jun 11, 2015
Silicon Valley Community Foundation is proud to play a central role in addressing the key social, economic and environmental challenges in our region. Absolutely crucial to this work is the direct support we receive from our donors. When donors elect to make an enduring gift to SVCF and the... Read More
Jun 10, 2015
With your help, we did it again! Our region’s day of charitable giving, Silicon Valley Gives, was held May 5, and with the support of SVCF donors and the community, we raised $7.8 million for local nonprofits. My sincere thanks goes out to the many SVCF fund holders who offered matching... Read More
Jun 10, 2015
On May 12, I had the opportunity to moderate a panel conversation featuring StubHub Head of CSR, Emma Leggat, Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation Program Director, Tricia Steel, and The Roots of Music Executive Director, Kristin Schillinger at the 2015 Emerging Practitioners in... Read More
Jun 10, 2015
More than 140 people gathered at the Center for Employment Training in San Jose on May 22 to discuss ways that community leaders can work to improve the lives of boys and young men of color, who are less likely to graduate from high school and more likely to be incarcerated during their... Read More

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