The COVID-19 pandemic has thrust into public view the profound economic and racial inequities in our communities. We see the incongruity of resources reflected in our local nonprofit sector, where smaller, grassroots organizations – many led by people of color – face barriers to obtaining funding, despite serving on the frontlines.
Gleaning from what we learn from our nonprofit and community partners and donors, SVCF works to drive systemic change so that all who live and work in our region can thrive. We are grateful for the many partners joining us as we face these challenges.
In our 2021 Year-End Giving Guide, we highlight nonprofits aligned with our strategic priorities, including early childhood development, financial stability, housing and safety-net services. These trusted nonprofits are advancing equity in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties, and we encourage you to give generously.
*Please note that this not an exhaustive list. There are many organizations in our two-county region serving communities of color, undocumented residents and low-income households. Also, organizations that have been featured in previous 2021 SVCF Giving Guides were not included in the list below.
Able Works exists to break cycles of poverty through investment in low-income and immigrant youth. By sharing financial knowledge and fostering life skills, Able Works helps youth navigate their path to success and upward mobility. Able Works' FutureProfits program equips high school students with practical financial knowledge and a vision for their futures. Beyond high school, Able Works supports young adults through two cohort-based programs: AchieveAble, for first-generation college students enrolling in community college; and LiveAble, for young adults seeking career advancement.Give through your SVCF advised fund Donate directly
Child Advocates of Silicon Valley is an independent nonprofit organization created in 1986. Child Advocates serves youth from birth through 21 years old who are placed in the Santa Clara County Dependency Court System for having experienced trauma in the form of abuse, neglect and/or abandonment. Child Advocates operates the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Program in Santa Clara County, which entails recruiting, training and supporting CASA Volunteers according to the National CASA Association standards.Give through your SVCF advised fund Donate directly
Coastside Hope delivers life necessities with dignity and hope to low-income mid-coast residents. The organization serves about 14 percent of the population in its area with basic needs services (food assistance, clothing, housing assistance, online application for government benefits, etc.), free tax preparation services, citizenship classes and client referrals to other organizations.Give through your SVCF advised fund Donate directly
Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto (CLSEPA) is a nonprofit offering legal services that improve the lives of low-income families thoughout the region. CLSEPA specializes in immigration, housing, workers' rights, records clearance and consumer protection.Give through your SVCF advised fund Donate directly
Based in Mountain View, Community Services Agency (CSA) offers services to individuals and families on low or fixed incomes, to those who are homeless, and to seniors (60+ years old). CSA provides essential services and support to those in need, including assistance with preventing homelessness, food and health checks for the elderly. CSA is actively responding to emerging community needs related to COVID-19.Give through your SVCF advised fund Donate directly
With its live animals and original interactive exhibits, CuriOdyssey is a science playground designed to inspire a love for science and curiosity about the world. CuriOdyssey engages children in their early cognitive learning stages and offers more than 100,000 young visitors up-close encounters with real science through interactive exhibits, an accredited wildlife center, educator-taught STEM curriculum and hands-on workshops and camps.Give through your SVCF advised fund Donate directly
Daly City Partnership offers a suite of safety net services with a strong emphasis on case management for the people the organization serves. Programs include housing assistance, emergency food, shelter, transportation, employment support and a mobile health clinic. All services are offered in English, Spanish and Tagalog.Give through your SVCF advised fund Donate directly
Destination: Home is a public-private partnership ending homelessness in Silicon Valley. Through its collective impact model, Destination: Home incubates new ideas, advocates for policies and funds impactful strategies that address the root causes of homelessness and help ensure that everyone, especially those from communities of color and undocumented communities, have safe and stable homes.
SVCF fundholders, please note that the link will direct you to make an interfund transfer. Please select Destination: Home from the drop-down menu.Give through your SVCF advised fund Donate directly
The Early Childhood Institute (ECI) at San Jose State University envisions an early childhood landscape characterized by equity, quality and inclusion for children with and without disabilities. ECI is a collaborative, interdisciplinary network of researchers, educators and community partners seeking to elevate the field of early learning and care through research, training and advocacy efforts.
SVCF fundholders, please note that the link will direct you to San Jose State University. You will need to indicate Early Childhood Institute in the Grant Purpose section.Give through your SVCF advised fund Donate directly
Housing Leadership Council of San Mateo County (HLC) collaborates with a partner network to preserve and expand the range and supply of adequate, accessible and affordable housing for residents and workers of San Mateo County. HLC was created by nonprofit leaders and service providers joining forces to address the housing crisis in San Mateo County. HLC supports new affordable housing developments, engages the community and advocates for policies that address the root causes of the housing shortage.Give through your SVCF advised fund Donate directly
JobTrain strives to keep community members out of poverty through a variety of services. Since its inception following the Civil Rights Movement in 1965, JobTrain has grown from providing a single workforce development class in East Palo Alto into a workforce agency serving San Mateo County and surrounding counties. JobTrain provides full-time accredited career trainings, skills upgrade trainings, job readiness and placement, youth services, academic support, a child development center and more. Graduates become self-supporting and thriving members of society.Give through your SVCF advised fund Donate directly
Learning Home Volunteers prepares low-income children and their families for kindergarten through in-home tutoring and support, while emphasizing the excitement and joy of learning and discovery. The organization trains children's parents and volunteers, providing them with the skills necessary to act as teachers.Give through your SVCF advised fund Donate directly
LifeMoves operates 28 shelter and service sites between Daly City and San Jose, giving our neighbors who are experiencing homelessness a temporary place to call home, while providing intensive, customized case management through shelter programs and community outreach. LifeMoves supports nearly 1,500 children, veterans and adults daily, helping them secure housing and self-sufficiency.Give through your SVCF advised fund Donate directly
MyPath is a national nonprofit on a mission to empower youth and seed economic mobility. Inspired by the dynamic connection between financial tools and economic advancement, MyPath strengthens financial capabilities in youth by bringing together workforce providers, municipal agencies and financial institutions. MyPath's models and comprehensive pathways open doors for low- and moderate-income youth to build savings, credit and confidence — all of which are drivers of economic mobility.Give through your SVCF advised fund Donate directly
Parents Helping Parents' (PHP) mission is to help children and adults with special needs to receive the support and services they need to reach their full potential. PHP helps the special needs community thrive by providing information, training, and resources, building stronger families and improving systems of care.Give through your SVCF advised fund Donate directly
Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center (Renaissance) works at the intersection of racial, social and economic justice, delivering customized small business and financial literacy trainings in English and Spanish to help individuals from low-income communities break the cycle of poverty and attain economic stability for themselves and their families through entrepreneurship. Renaissance's work demonstrates that women and men who face systemic barriers to economic opportunity due to race, gender, economic level, immigration status, or former incarceration can achieve economic mobility, create jobs for themselves and other residents, and build better futures for their families and communities. Since Renaissance's launch in 1985, it has served over 32,000 Bay Area residents, who have started and grown more than 12,000 businesses and created more than 18,000 jobs.Give through your SVCF advised fund Donate directly
Sacred Heart Community Service builds a community united in ending poverty by addressing the causes and consequences of economic and racial injustice. Sacred Heart organizes community leaders to fight for policy change and delivers basic needs, such as food and housing stability, reaching more than 50,000 Santa Clara County residents each year.Give through your SVCF advised fund Donate directly
Samaritan House leads the fight against poverty in San Mateo County, delivering a breadth of essential services and personalized support to low-income communities and ensuring clients are fed, clothed, healthy and housed.Give through your SVCF advised fund Donate directly
Second Harvest is committed to doing whatever it takes to build a hunger-free community. That means distributing nutritious food to nearly every neighborhood in Silicon Valley, leveraging every available food resource and collaborating with organizations and people who share the belief that hunger is unacceptable.Give through your SVCF advised fund Donate directly
St. Joseph's Family Center alleviates hunger and homelessness in South Santa Clara County by providing food, housing and employment related services, and by advocating for systemic changes to improve the quality of life for people facing the most vulnerable circumstances.Give through your SVCF advised fund Donate directly
SV@Home (or Silicon Valley at Home) is the "voice for affordable housing in Silicon Valley." SV@Home's goal is to build a Santa Clara County where people of all incomes and abilities have access to a safe, stable and affordable home. This nonprofit educates the community about housing issues and advocates with cities and elected officials for evidence-based policy changes that will create better access to housing. The organization also seeks to preserve existing affordable homes and protect low-income community members from eviction and displacement.Give through your SVCF advised fund Donate directly
WeHOPE is committed to ending homelessness, hunger and unemployment. For more than 22 years, WeHOPE has supported thousands of individuals and families and helped them develop the skills to improve their lives and build brighter futures. The organization assists more than 1,000 people each year throughout San Mateo and Santa Clara counties and beyond by providing shelter, case management, mobile showers and laundry, life skills, and job training and placement.Give through your SVCF advised fund Donate directly