We believe that community engagement and voice is key to creating a Silicon Valley where all residents can thrive. Yet here in Silicon Valley, not all residents and communities have equal roles in deciding our region’s futures – communities of color and immigrants face significant hurdles to participate fully in those decisions.
That’s why SVCF invests in leaders and organizations that are helping to build power with those whose voices need to be heard. We hope you join us and invest in nonprofit organizations in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties that organize people, build coalitions and movements, and advocate for public policy changes. Many of the organizations highlighted here have been engaging communities for years and working for fair and equitable policies – often without much recognition or resources.
The organizations highlighted below are empowering communities of color and increasing civic engagement in our region. Join us!
Please note that this is not an exhaustive list. There are many organizations in our two-county region building power in communities of color.
Asian Law Alliance (ALA) is a nonprofit striving to provide equal access to the justice system for the Asian American and Pacific Islander Community and low-income people in Silicon Valley. ALA offers legal counseling and community education services, and also promotes community-organizing and advocacy.Give through your SVCF advised fund Donate directly
Faith in Action Bay Area (FIA) is a multi-racial, multi-lingual, intergenerational and cross-class organization led by those most affected by injustice, such as low-income families and workers, immigrants and youth. In San Mateo County, FIA's leaders have worked to expand their network and build power to enact change. Since 2018, leaders have called and/or visited thousands of low-income voters of color, resulting in increased civic engagement across the county.Give through your SVCF advised fund Donate directly
Menlo Together is a group of Menlo Park and Peninsula residents who envision a city that is integrated and diverse, multigenerational and environmentally sustainable. Menlo Together works to meet regional challenges by taking thoughtful and meaningful action in three key areas: housing, transportation and environmental sustainability.Give through your SVCF advised fund Donate directly
The mission of People Acting in Community Together (PACT) is to empower everyday people to create a more healthy and just society. PACT achieves this by teaching community members how to speak up and take action in the public arena through grassroots organizing.Give through your SVCF advised fund Donate directly
Pilipino Bayanihan Resource Center (PBRC) is a nonprofit, community-based organization serving the Filipino population in Daly City and San Mateo County. PBRC provides direct support services and community education.Give through your SVCF advised fund Donate directly
Puente de la Costa Sur (Puente) fosters wellness and prosperity in the Pescadero, La Honda, Loma Mar and San Gregorio communities on the San Mateo County coast. This nonprofit promotes and advocates for equitable access to education, health and economic security in these rural communities.Give through your SVCF advised fund Donate directly
Sacred Heart Community Service seeks to end poverty by addressing the causes and consequences of economic and racial injustice. Sacred Heart organizes community leaders to fight for policy change and deliver basic support services, such as food and stable housing, reaching over 50,000 Santa Clara County residents each year.Give through your SVCF advised fund Donate directly
The ¡Si Se Puede! Collective (SSPC) is made up of five established and respected organizations working in the Mayfair community, a vibrant and historical neighborhood in East San José. SSPC organizes campaigns such as "Power Not Fear" to increase civic engagement among Mayfair and East Side families, and build community power to hold decision-makers accountable and create positive changes in their neighborhoods. Please note that direct donations to SSPC are facilitated by Somos Mayfair, a member of the collective.Give through your SVCF advised fund Donate directly
South Bay Youth Changemakers (SBYC) is a grassroots community organization building power among Asian American youth in the South Bay. SBYC believes that investing in young people through leadership development and civic engagement is necessary to transform the South Bay into an interconnected region of just and thriving communities.Give through your SVCF advised fund Donate directly
The Vietnamese American Roundtable's mission is to mobilize, advocate for, and inform our community of the critical issues that impact their lives. The organization accomplishes its mission through building coalitions, strategic advocacy, and organizing meaningful community events for all.Give through your SVCF advised fund Donate directly
Working Partnerships USA (WPUSA) is a community organization that leverages the power of grassroots organizing and public policy innovation to increase economic equity. WPUSA tackles the root causes of inequality and poverty by leading collaborative campaigns for quality jobs, healthy communities, equitable growth and a vibrant democracy.Give through your SVCF advised fund Donate directly
Youth Alliance is a nonprofit that strives to create thriving and equitable communities through comprehensive, innovative and culturally relevant services that equip youth families to become change agents in their own lives and communities.Give through your SVCF advised fund Donate directly
Youth Leadership Institute (YLI) builds communities where young people and their adult allies come together to create positive community change, promoting social justice and racial equity. Through advocacy and storytelling campaigns, YLI youth leaders have built power in local communities across California. This work has led to over 130 policy changes that make our communities more equitable and just for young people, especially youth of color.Give through your SVCF advised fund Donate directly
Youth United for Community Action (YUCA) is a grassroots community organization created, led, and run by young people of color, the majority of whom come from low-income communities. YUCA provides a safe space for young people to feel empowered and work on environmental and social justice issues. Youth participants strive to create positive systemic change through grassroots community-organizing.Give through your SVCF advised fund Donate directly