May 15, 2020
Staff and volunteers from ALAS distribute food at a pop-up pantry to serve those in need on the San Mateo County coast. In a rural part of the San Mateo County coast where many households are low-income and lack consistent access to safe drinking water, three generations of the Martinez* family... Read More
May 12, 2020
Photo credit: Howard Lui Like many other nonprofit organizations, The Health Trust—which operates the Meals on Wheels program serving Santa Clara County—has been working round the clock to help those in need during this pandemic. In the last several weeks, The Health Trust has... Read More
Apr 29, 2020
After 30 years of being homeless, John* was ready for a permanent place to live. Against heavy odds, he had secured a housing subsidy and found an affordable rental—no small feat in a region known for its exorbitant housing prices—and faced only one final hurdle. He needed enough... Read More
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