Emmett's Blog

Oct 18, 2016
The following remarks were delivered at Silicon Valley Community Foundation's 2016 Regional Meeting on Oct. 10.  Like many community foundations, Silicon Valley Community Foundation holds an annual community meeting every year in which we invite our donors, nonprofit partners and elected... Read More
Jul 05, 2016
I am writing to share some important news about Silicon Valley Gives, our region’s 24-hour online giving day to support nonprofit organizations. When we launched SVGives in 2014 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the nation’s first community foundation, it was our belief that it... Read More
Jun 06, 2016
From legislation to giving, SVCF's Spring 2016 Magazine dives into several "firsts" for our organization and our partners.  When advocating for equality in math education, SVCF has been part of the equation for years. We’ve funded nonprofit organizations and educators... Read More
Apr 13, 2016
Three weeks from now, Silicon Valley residents have a chance to make a wonderful difference to their community and strengthen the future of this region. They can do it by making donations to their favorite local charities through Silicon Valley Gives on... Read More
Apr 12, 2016
Silicon Valley Community Foundation's CEO and President Emmett D. Carson was a featured speaker during Tuskegee University's Founder's Day events. On April 10, Dr. Carson delivered the university's 99th Founder's Day Convocation to students, alumni and friends. During his... Read More
Oct 09, 2015
At SVCF's Regional Meeting on Oct. 8, 2015, Emmett Carson presented the following remarks:  Nine years ago, the boards of Peninsula Community Foundation and Community Foundation Silicon Valley made the bold decision to merge and create Silicon Valley Community Foundation. One of the many... Read More
Oct 05, 2015
Dear Colleagues and Friends, We are very excited to announce that Senate Bill (SB) 359 – the California Mathematics Placement Act of 2015 - was signed into law today by Governor Brown! Thanks to you and your support, this new law will help prevent math misplacement in school districts... Read More
Jul 09, 2015
Community foundations have existed for more than a hundred years by adhering to a simple proposition: they exist to serve their local communities. Today, this proposition is being challenged by an increasingly global, twenty-first century mindset and amazing new technologies that strengthen... 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 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

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