Press Release - April 5, 2016

Silicon Valley Gives: Hundreds of Charities Ready to Benefit from May 3 Fundraising Event

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. - Just a month remains until Silicon Valley Gives, the region’s “giving day” on May 3. More than 600 local charities have registered to participate in the 24-hour online fundraising event. More than $2 million in matching grants and prizes will be available to participating nonprofit organizations.

Silicon Valley Gives – also called SVGives – is hosted by Silicon Valley Community Foundation with lead sponsorship from Microsoft. The event aims to raise millions in charitable donations for nonprofit organizations in San Mateo, Santa Clara, San Benito and San Francisco counties during 24 hours of online giving. To gain attention from potential donors – who can support their favorite charities with contributions starting at just $10 – SVCF will host events at Microsoft retail stores and selected Safeway markets on May 3.

“During the two previous events in 2014 and 2015, SVGives raised a total of nearly $16 million for local charities,” said Emmett Carson, CEO and president of SVCF. “So many great local organizations are working continually to improve lives and build for the future of the Bay Area, and we are hopeful that people will again give generously to support these nonprofits on SVGives day.” 

With support from lead sponsor Microsoft, SVCF has hosted more than 900 representatives from nonprofit organizations during 19 information and training sessions since last fall (for remaining sessions, visit Sessions are designed not only to prepare organizations to fundraise during SVGives, but to build their long-term capacity to reach donors and communicate with the public. Session topics range from using social media to engage donors to strategies for garnering media attention.

“Nonprofits are a crucial part of Silicon Valley’s civic fabric,” said Dan’l Lewin, Corporate Vice President of Technology and Civic Engagement at Microsoft. “Silicon Valley Gives offers an opportunity for the entire community – foundations, corporations, individuals, nonprofits, and the public sector – to unite around local causes, local giving, and local innovation.”

Nonprofit organizations in San Mateo, Santa Clara, San Benito and San Francisco counties are eligible to participate, as are organizations that offer significant service to residents of these counties. Nonprofit organizations have until April 15 to register to participate. Search the directory of participating nonprofits.

With fewer than 30 days left until SVGives, SVCF and its sponsors are preparing for day-of events that will attract attention from donors and spur online giving.

On May 3, SVGives volunteers will be onsite at the Microsoft stores at Westfield Valley Fair mall, in Santa Clara, and at the Stanford Shopping Center. Volunteers will also be present at Safeway markets in San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Clara. In addition, SVCF is building momentum for the day among donors with a print and digital advertising campaign across the region. Watch the video below for more information about the success of SVGives in 2015.

SVGives would not be possible without the generosity of its many sponsors, including Microsoft, Google, Silver Spring Networks and Symantec. View a complete list of sponsors.

Media sponsors are NBC Bay Area, Silicon Valley Business Journal, San Francisco Magazine, New SV Media Inc., Bay Area News Group, The Mercury News, San Francisco Chronicle/ and Metro Silicon Valley. The event is also being promoted through Pandora.

For more information about Silicon Valley Gives, visit


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