Donor Circle for Housing

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Focusing on affordable housing solutions in the Bay Area

Silicon Valley is experiencing a housing crisis of epic proportions. The Donor Circle for Housing is a group of philanthropists committed to addressing our region's housing challenges by promoting and investing in policy, advocacy and civic engagement. In particular, the donor circle has decided to focus on housing preservation, tenant rights, rent control and homelessness through the creation of affordable housing.

Donor circle meetings occur on a bimonthly basis at SVCF's Mountain View office throughout the fall, winter and spring. These meetings are used to facilitate conversations with nonprofits organizations, educational institutions, government and policy leaders and affordable housing champions. The group also attends external events, tours local nonprofits and visits affordable housing developments to learn about challenges and solutions. Annually in the spring, nonprofits submit grant proposals that are reviewed by donor circle members, who then vote on which organizations will receive funding.

The Donor Circle for Housing is open to all current SVCF fund holders. Minimum annual dues are $1,500, which go to nonprofit organizations selected by the donor circle. Membership in the donor circle offers:

  • An opportunity to learn from local experts and strategists about this complex issue
  • Increased philanthropic impact by pooling resources with other passionate donors
  • Participation in the selection of housing organization grantees

We invite interested fund holders to join a meeting at any time to learn more. If you're interested in joining the donor circle or attending a meeting, please email donorcircleforhousing@siliconvalleycf.org. Non-members are also welcome to donate to the donor circle, to help ensure that San Mateo and Santa Clara counties are somewhere everyone can call home.

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Non fund holders        Current SVCF fund holders

 

Grantees - 2020

Organization Purpose Amount
WeHope For general support of COVID-19 relief efforts. $33,000
Home and Hope For general support of COVID-19 relief efforts. $33,000
Sacred Heart Community Services For general support of COVID-19 relief efforts. $33,000
SVCF’s COVID-19 Regional Nonprofit Relief Fund For general support of COVID-19 relief efforts. $25,000

Grantees - 2019

Organization Purpose Amount
Sacred Heart Community Service To support Sacred Heart Community Service's (SHCS) "Housing Solutions" organizing project $50,000
Samaritan House To provide emergency financial assistance to households facing imminent risk of homelessness $50,000

Grantees - 2018

Organization Purpose Amount
Sacred Heart Community Service Housing Solutions Organizing Project in San Jose, California $50,000
Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto (CLSEPA) Homelessness prevention in Mountain View, California $50,000

Grantees - 2017

Organization Purpose Amount
Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto (CLSEPA) Homelessness prevention in Mountain View, California $50,000
Faith in Action Bay Area Accessory Dwelling Unit project in East Palo Alto, California $50,000