Stories from the Community Bring Insight, Honesty and Hope


In March 2020, as the pandemic took hold, SVCF launched the Nonprofit Emergency Fund (NPEF) to support the response efforts of our local nonprofit partners in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties. As of December 20, 2020, 380 Bay Area nonprofits received grant funding totaling $12,685,666. Grantees represent the rich diversity of our nonprofit partners, both in budget and staff size as well as range of services in physical health, mental health, basic needs (housing, shelter, food), education, arts and the environment. Many of these grantee organizations are working in underserved communities of color in the Bay Area.

With the generous support of individual donors, corporations, foundations and philanthropic partners, SVCF bolsters the efforts of nonprofit organizations striving to make a difference in our communities. In collaboration with Silicon Valley Strong and San Mateo Strong, we've been able to expand our impact even further. Featured here are a few stories of impact from our COVID-19 response. These grantee anecdotes are evidence that we can collectively and collaboratively effect change in ways big and small.

We've been grateful for the increased support, making increased response possible… This crisis has revealed gaping holes in our safety net and how fragile life is for so many of our neighbors."

Leslie Bacho, CEO of Second Harvest of Silicon Valley, expressing her hope that we emerge from the pandemic with better public policies and greater appreciation for low-wage — and often essential — workers who struggle to meet their basic needs

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grants awarded out of SVCF's COVID-19 Nonprofit Emergency Fund.

From the beginning [of the pandemic], we had to assume there would be disparities [in healthcare], and our systems are not set up to address these disparities...what we have isn't working. We've eradicated disease, but we haven't eliminated disparity. Saying ‘equity' and doing equity work are two different things…You have to center the people you're talking about; you have to center people on the margins."

Noha Aboaleta, CEO, Roots Community Health Center, on reimagining culture-based communication and relationships between leaders and the community

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Responding to increased demand for shelter, personal protective equipment and other basic needs, Abode Services is now serving thousands of households and thousands more individuals. SVCF funding has helped the nonprofit find housing for local residents and provide them with basic needs and support.

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"Art is life and life is art…Inherent in our existence and what we do is building community and telling community stories and holding communities together."
- Chike Nwoffiah, Executive Director of Silicon Valley African Film Festival, on producing films that address community needs

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During the COVID-19 pandemic, Boys and Girls Clubs of North San Mateo County used grant funding from the Regional Nonprofit Emergency Fund to transform one of its clubhouses into a childcare center for essential workers. As government regulations evolved, so did the organization's services, providing childcare during the pandemic to those who had no other option.

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These dollars help a great deal. The need for supplemental food assistance is startling. Second Harvest Food Bank serves so many more people than many realize; it's now seeing the demand for food triple…it's hard to get your head around in an area as prosperous as this, but…when the economy stops, the need grows extraordinarily rapidly."

Dave Pine, San Mateo County District 1 Board Supervisor

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San Jose City Mayor Sam Liccardo


We'd like to extend a big "Thank you!" to our nonprofit partners for their commitment to strong and healthy communities, for their courage standing on the front lines of response efforts, and for providing services to underserved communities.


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When we get through this, we will be redefined as a nation. We're going to be redefined as communities."

SVCF CEO Nicole Taylor, speaking during a Vanguard Charitable podcast on philanthropy's role in fighting COVID-19 and how donors are contributing