Mar 31, 2020
Silicon Valley Community Foundation (“SVCF”) has announced the funding of 34 Santa Clara County organizations to support census outreach in the local community. The County of Santa Clara made an unprecedented investment in Census 2020, with a goal to achieve a fair, accurate count.... Read More
Sep 06, 2019
If you were to speak to experts on retirement savings, many would say that America is facing a ‘retirement crisis.’ The United States currently has a retirement gap savings of more than $6 trillion, and 35 percent of U.S. households don’t participate in any... Read More
Aug 01, 2019
In 2018, community leaders and nonprofits sat down with Silicon Valley Community Foundation to discuss the creation of a new SVCF grantmaking strategy. Participants voiced a need for support for organizations working locally to make sure that community voices shape local governance. One community... Read More
Jul 30, 2019
Veteran teacher Dawn Petty has built a fine career by standard measures, but there have been times she felt her traditional teaching methods were only reaching about a third of her math students at Barrett Elementary School in Morgan Hill, California. Until she began using new methods of... Read More
Jul 06, 2019
For many immigrant workers, the opportunity to naturalize and cast votes for candidates who represent their own interests opens doors to fully participate and integrate into their community. No one understands this better than Karina Renderos.  An immigrant from El Salvador working as ... Read More
Jun 10, 2019
As recently as four years ago, filling out the online application for food stamps in California took about an hour. People had no choice but to use a desktop computer, because the application didn’t work on mobile devices.  In 2015 the nonprofit Code for... Read More
May 31, 2019
Corina Rodriguez is worried that people in her community won’t get counted in the 2020 census. And she has good reason to be. Rodriguez is the Safety Net Services Manager at Puente, a nonprofit community resource center in San Mateo County’s South Coast region. SVCF supports Puente... Read More
Feb 27, 2019
In March, a new app called The Burg -- a Silicon Valley Community Foundation grantee -- will launch in Silicon Valley, with the goal of increasing civic engagement and improving voter education.  “We want to replace the clunky, outdated voter information pamphlet,... 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 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