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Donors rally to provide food, safety, hope: SVCF distributes $91M to COVID-19 causes
Blog: May 15, 2020
There's still much for us all to do to counteract COVID-19 and its economic damage. The road ahead will be long. In the meantime, SVCF has so far distributed grants totaling $91 million to COVID-19 related causes.

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Webinars & Briefings

The Local-Global Connection: COVID-19 Response Efforts from the Local and Global Perspectives
Webinar June 24, 2020

While the virus impacts everyone differently, it disproportionately affects minority groups and further exposes the depths of racial injustice and inequity. Three CEOs share their unique perspectives on the current state of affairs and how local, national and global institutions are addressing COVID-19 and its impact at home and around the world.

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Rebuilding an Equitable & Healthy Economy: A Case Study on Radical Collaboration
Webinar: June 24, 2020

The Philanthropy Workshop brings together Nicole Taylor, President & CEO of Silicon Valley Community Foundation, Luz Urrutia, CEO of Opportunity Fund and SVCF board member, Susan Mac Cormac, Corporate Partner at Morrison & Foerster and Elliott Donnelley, TPW Board Member & Founding General Partner of the White Sand Investor Group to look at the state of California and specifically the new California Small Business Rebuilding Fund as a case study for how a committed and diverse group of stakeholders can collaborate and design new solutions quickly -- and how this model can be leveraged and replicated elsewhere.

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Equity Begins with Early Childhood
Webinar: May 13, 2020

Panel led by Lisa Roy, Executive Director Early Childhood Education for the Buffett Early Childhood Institute at the University of Nebraska. Panelists include Christine Thorsteinson, Early Education Manager for the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, Heather Duncan Director of Early Learning for the Collaboration for Early Childhood, and Martha Kaufeldt, Neuro-Education Consultant, Begin with the Brain.

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The Value In Giving
Podcast: April 30, 2020

Vanguard Charitable launches a new podcast, featuring SVCF Nicole Taylor in its first episode, to discuss the importance of supporting COVID-19 relief efforts through philanthropy.

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Supporting California's Small Businesses in Covid-19 Recovery
Webinar: April 28, 2020

SVCF's EVP of Community Impact Erica Wood joins panelists on a Southern California Grantmakers webinar about how key philanthropic partners are responding to the needs of small businesses.

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Philanthropic Efforts to Battle COVID-19 Around the Corner and Around the World
Webinar: April 16, 2020

SVCF CEO Nicole Taylor joins a panel of philanthropic leaders to discuss response efforts around COVID-19.

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Silicon Valley Economic Recovery & Resilience Council
Press Conference: April 16, 2020

San Jose City Mayor Sam Liccardo announces a cross-organizational group tasked with making policy recommendations to local and regional governing bodies that ensure political leaders harness state and federal resources, get families back to work, and prepare for the economy’s “new normal”.

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COVID-19 Coronavirus Research Update from QBI & SVCF
Webinar: March 31, 2020

Featuring molecular biologist Dr. Nevan Krogan, the Quantitative Biosciences Institute at UCSF shared the latest updates on COVID-19 research. The webinar provided information on how donors and the community can help move this research forward through skilled volunteerism and operational support.

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CDC Foundation Briefing: Bay Area Updates
Briefing Call: March 11, 2020

SVCF co-hosted a conference call with the CDC Foundation that included rigorous discussion about how philanthropy can best support community needs during a pandemic. Among the topics covered: identification of the gaps between what the public sector usually provides, and what affected people and groups need.

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SVCF Blogs & Podcasts

California philanthropic organizations pledge to take bold steps to fight racial injustices
Blog: June 24, 2020

We know that philanthropy must make bold moves to address racial injustices, especially in the midst of a global pandemic that has only exacerbated existing disparities. Silicon Valley Community Foundation joins our colleagues at San Francisco Foundation and California Community Foundation in pledging that we will use our voices and actions to support the movement towards equity and justice.  Read the pledge.

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Bay Area Polling Results Confirm: Voters Prefer Progressive Funding Sources over Sales Tax for Transportation
Blog: June 18, 2020

As we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, it is imperative that we plan to bolster our public transportation system, starting with a foundation of diversified and progressive transportation funding sources.

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Philanthropy Now podcast: Second Harvest of Silicon Valley steps up to address food insecurities and hunger brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic
Podcast: June 17, 2020

Second Harvest of Silicon Valley's mission is to ensure that anyone who needs a healthy meal can get one. In this episode of SVCF #Philanthropy Now podcast, hear from Leslie Bacho, CEO of Second Harvest of #SiliconValley about the impact of the #COVID19 pandemic.

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Working Partnerships helps undocumented residents through the pandemic with grant funding from SVCF
Blog: June 16, 2020

Using grant funding received through SVCF’s Regional Nonprofit Emergency Fund, WPUSA was able to hire 30 additional “staff navigators” for its CAN program and scale up support for the community.

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Silicon Valley funders pledge to re-center their focus on communities of color
Blog: June 12, 2020

We've known that #COVID19 & the recent killings of Black people at the hands of police further expose the inequities that our communities of color & our undocumented neighbors already face & the structures & systems that maintain the inequity. Now we must act.  Read our pledge.

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Philanthropy Now podcast: Pivoting in dire times: Gilroy Foundation’s response to the Gilroy Garlic Festival shooting, the COVID-19 outbreak, and more
Podcast: June 10, 2020

In the third episode of this mini-series, you will learn about the work of Gilroy Foundation and its role in the Alliance.

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Philanthropy Now podcast: Alliance of Community Foundations of SV: CF of San Carlos’ response to COVID-19
Podcast: June 3, 2020

In our second episode of this mini-series, you will learn about Community Foundation of San Carlos, the newest local community foundation and newest member of the Alliance.

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Grant funding helps Boys & Girls Clubs of North San Mateo County stay afloat and transform to childcare center during crisis
Blog: June 2, 2020

With grant support from SVCF's #COVID19 Regional Nonprofit Emergency Fund & a quick turnaround, BGCNSMC was able to meet the rising challenges posed by the pandemic & continue to serve the most vulnerable members of our communities.

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Race, justice, COVID-19 and the work ahead of us
Blog: June 1, 2020

As a country, we have a lot of work ahead of us. As a community foundation committed to serving our region, we have a lot of work ahead of us. Read more from SVCF CEO Nicole Taylor.

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Philanthropy Now podcast: Alliance of SV Community Foundations: CF for San Benito County’s response to COVID-19
Podcast: May 27, 2020

Welcome to Episode 1 of our 8-part mini podcast series with the Alliance of Silicon Valley Community Foundations. In the inaugural episode, you will learn about Community Foundation for San Benito County and its role in the Alliance.

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Abode Services shelters more than 5,000 homeless individuals with grant support from SVCF
Blog: May 26, 2020

As our region grapples with the COVID-19 crisis, Abode Services is responding to the increase in demand for shelter, personal protective equipment and other basic needs among residents of Santa Clara and Alameda counties.

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Philanthropy Now Podcast: Affordable Housing Month during the COVID-19 era with Leslye Corsiglia
Podcast: May 20, 2020

SV@Home's Executive Director discusses how the global pandemic has magnified ongoing housing challenges, the state of affordable housing in Santa Clara County, Affordable Housing Month, and what sort of solutions housing experts are exploring.

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Donors rally to provide food, safety, hope: SVCF distributes $91M to COVID-19 causes
Blog: May 15, 2020

There's still much for us all to do to counteract COVID-19 and its economic damage. The road ahead will be long. In the meantime, SVCF has so far distributed grants totaling $91 million to COVID-19 related causes.

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Philanthropy Now Podcast: From sea-level rise to coronavirus, Supervisor Dave Pine tackles issues in San Mateo
Podcast: May 13, 2020

SVCF CEO Nicole Taylor and San Mateo County Supervisor Dave Pine examine the COVID-19 impact on the region, the inception of the San Mateo County Strong initiative, the responses of partnerships across sectors, and plans to reopen the community.

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Grant funding helps The Health Trust continue meal deliveries to residents during pandemic
Blog: May 12, 2020

Meals on Wheels increases deliveries fivefold to help those in need during the pandemic as demand continues to grow.

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Philanthropy Now Podcast: COVID-19 challenges the local creative sector
Podcast: May 6, 2020

Creative arts leaders examine the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the arts, the tensions between arts and cultural organizations with other organizations providing emergency-related services, and much more.

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Philanthropy Now Podcast: Silicon Valley Strong and innovative responses to COVID-19 with San Jose Mayor
Podcast: April 29, 2020

San Jose Mayor Liccardo joins SVCF CEO Nicole Taylor in a conversation about how the COVID-19 outbreak is impacting the community, what he and his partners are doing to provide relief and how they are preparing to rebuild.

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"Last mile" funding to remedy homelessness and much more: SVCF distributes $13.3 million in grants to support community through pandemic
Blog: April 29, 2020

As COVID-19 took hold of our communities, SVCF has been working tirelessly to help those facing impossibly difficult circumstances to stay afloat during this crisis.

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To create 'a wave of generosity,' SVCF joins in on #GivingTuesdayNow
Blog: April 27, 2020

On Tuesday, May 5, SVCF will participate in #GivingTuesdayNow, a global day of giving to raise funds to respond to needs arising from the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Philanthropy Now Podcast: Providing relief and preparing to rebuild in Santa Clara County with Supervisor Cindy Chavez
Podcast: April 24, 2020

CEO Nicole Taylor and Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors President Cindy Chavez discuss the effects of COVID-19 in our region, and how cross-sector partnerships are not only responding to community needs, but also preparing for the future.

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SVCF’s commitment to nonprofits during COVID-19
Blog: April 23, 2020

SVCF has joined 700 foundations across the country to sign a pledge of action from the Council on Foundations that holds us accountable to supporting nonprofits through the crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Philanthropy Now Podcast: Nonprofits adapt to new realities in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic
Podcast: April 22, 2020

In this episode we discuss how the current public health protocols are impacting Mavericks Community Foundation and its fundraising events, trends in the needs of other nonprofits and how these groups are utilizing their strengths to adapt to our current realities in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Raising money to help re-create the social fabric in a post-COVID world
Blog: April 13, 2020

All people deserve access to the basic means of survival, and the means to move beyond survival to a state in which we all can thrive. In the long-term, we as a society will need to invest in the systems that allow those most vulnerable among us to withstand both health and economic shocks.

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Philanthropy Now Podcast: An update on SVCF’s COVID-19 response efforts and what’s to come
Podcast: April 8, 2020

CEO Nicole Taylor and EVP of Community Impact Erica Wood discuss the work that SVCF has been doing to help those impacted by COVID-19. The conversation highlights critical partnerships across sectors, the Silicon Valley and San Mateo Strong initiatives, along with SVCF’s donor engagement and fundraising goals.

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SVCF’s Response to COVID-19 Coronavirus Pandemic
Blog: March 24, 2020

In partnership with fellow community foundations, private foundations, corporations and local governments, we’ve been hard at work helping those affected by COVID-19. Our three funds focus on helping low-income individuals and families, supporting local nonprofits, and lending financial assistance to small businesses.

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SVCF’s Response to COVID-19 Coronavirus Pandemic
Blog: March 12, 2020

One of SVCF’s primary purposes is to meet the ongoing needs of our local communities, taking on unexpected local challenges such as the current public health crisis. We’re leading an effort with Bay Area philanthropic partners on a regional response to protect public health and assist those affected by the disease.

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News Coverage

The Rich Must Step Up Right Now, Say These Silicon Valley Philanthropists
KQED, July 15, 2020

State funding may be stagnant, but schools can still find money for mental health services
EdSource, July 10, 2020

How Bay Area Community Groups Mobilized Donors to Keep Vulnerable People Housed
Inside Philanthropy, July 9, 2020

San Mateo Credit Union distributes $3.7 million to small businesses and provides loan relief to over 6,000 members
CUInsight, July 7, 2020

As Bay Area restaurant business drops, local farms send produce to struggling families
SFChronicle, June 28, 2020

Building Capacity During a Crisis: The CODVID-19 Education Partnership Pro Bono Initiative
3BL Media, June 25, 2020

Sharks and Santa Clara County Host Free COVID-19 Testing at SAP Center, June 22, 2020

Coronavirus spurs calls to change charitable perk, make donors give more each year
The Mercury News, June 16, 2020

Mega-Rich Urged to Unleash $121 Billion for Desperate Charities
Bloombert, June 12, 2020

Santa Clara Supervisors Approve $5M For COVID-19 Financial Assistance Program
CBS SF BayArea, June 3, 2020

Santa Clara County expands child care services during coronavirus crisis
San Jose Spotlight, June 3, 2020

COVID-19 pushes tele-health forward in Silicon Valley as virus holds patients back
San Jose Spotlight, May 27, 2020

Hewlett Foundation Awards $10M to SVCF for Bay Area COVID-19 Relief
NBC Bay Area, May 8, 2020

Foundations Pledge Support for COVID-19 Relief
Phlianthropy News Digest, May 8, 2020

‘HalfMyDAF’ Movement Aims to Spur a Boost in Donor-Advised-Fund Grants, May 7, 2020

Hewlett Foundation Awards $10 Million to Silicon Valley Community Foundation for Bay Area COVID-19 Relief
William + Flora Hewlett Foundation, May 7, 2020

Here’s a list of leaders on Silicon Valley’s COVID-19 economic recovery team
The Mercury News, May 5, 2020

Will Donor-Advised Funds Meet Their “Rainy Day” Promise?
Nonprofit Quarterly, April 28, 2020

Planning for a ‘new normal,’ San Jose launches economic recovery council
San Jose Spotlight, April 17, 2020

Coronavirus: Silicon Valley business leaders to guide region’s economic recovery
The Mercury News, April 16, 2020

Coronavirus aid: How tech's richest are giving — and why it matters
Protocol, April 14, 2020

Coronavirus Update: Santa Clara County Provides Housing To All Known Homeless With COVID-19
CBSN Bay Area, April 3, 2020

Santa Clara County says homeless with COVID-19 have temporary shelter, push to reach more of region's un-housed
ABC7News, April 3, 2020

Coronavirus: NBC Bay Area to air telethon on Saturday
Mercury News, April 2, 2020

Three days after launch, $11 million Santa Clara County coronavirus relief fund runs out of money
The Mercury News, March 27, 2020

More than $11 M Pledged For SC Co. Coronavirus-Affected Residents
Patch, March 23, 2020

COVID-19 Community Relief Funds
NBC Bay Area, March 23, 2020

South Bay Leaders Pledge Funding For Nonprofits Amid Outbreak
Patch, March 19, 2020

How to help during the coronavirus crisis
The Mercury News, March 19, 2020

Silicon Valley cities launch new coronavirus initiatives as companies step up
San Jose Spotlight, March 19, 2020

Coronavirus: How you can donate to and volunteer with Silicon Valley organizations that provide aid
The Mercury News, March 18, 2020

San Jose Mayor Launches Silicon Valley Strong
NBC Bay Area, March 18, 2020

Supervisors Call For Relief Funds As County Expands Crisis Measures
SFGate, March 16, 2020

Silicon Valley executives plot investment blitz with charities, groups to help fight coronavirus
USA News Hub, March 16, 2020

Nonprofits scramble to keep clients safe, programs open
Palo Alto Online, March 12, 2020

Coronavirus: Bay Area scrambles to keep disease from spreading among homeless
The Mercury News, March 10, 2020

Bramson: Poverty and homelessness in the time of Coronavirus
San Jose Spotlight, March 9, 2020

Press Releases

Hewlett Foundation Awards $10 Million to Silicon Valley Community Foundation for Bay Area COVID-19 Relief
Press Release: May 6, 2020

The Hewlett grant will support SVCF’s COVID-19 Regional Response Fund and Regional Nonprofit Emergency Fund to address community needs in the face of a worsening pandemic.

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Silicon Valley Community Foundation announces COVID-19 Education Partnership
Press Release: April 22, 2020

SVCF partners with the San Mateo County Office of Education and the Santa Clara County Office of Education to address education challenges caused and exacerbated by the pandemic.

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Silicon Valley Community Foundation opens three COVID-19 funds to help protect public health and those affected by outbreak
Press Release: March 23, 2020

SVCF has opened three funds to help the Bay Area meet the developing challenges linked with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), focusing on supporting low-income individuals and families, nonprofits, and small businesses impacted by the public health crisis.

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External Resources: Government Information

County of San Mateo

This is the official website of San Mateo County. The county is also helping relief efforts with San Mateo County Strong.

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County of Santa Clara

This is the official website of Santa Clara County. The county is also helping relief efforts with Silicon Valley Strong.

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California Coronavirus COVID-19 Response

This is an official California State Government website that issues daily coronavirus updates. It also has additional links to state services and information.

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