Silicon Valley Community Foundation CEO Nicole Taylor Named to The NonProfit Times 2021 NPT Power & Influence Top 50
Taylor also named one of Inside Philanthropy’s 100 Most Powerful Players in Philanthropy this year
Mountain. View, Calif., Aug. 2, 2021— Nicole Taylor, President and CEO of Silicon Valley Community Foundation (SVCF), has been named one of The NonProfit Times' 2021 NPT Power & Influence Top 50. The publication’s 23rd annual list highlights the most influential executives in the nonprofit sector who are leading the charge in innovative solutions and developing organizational models that set a standard for the broader sector. Taylor was also recently included in Inside Philanthropy's inaugural 100 Most Powerful Players in Philanthropy alongside SVCF Board Member and Hewlett Foundation president Larry Kramer, and the likes of Oprah Winfrey, MacKenzie Scott, and Warren Buffett.
These honors are particularly noteworthy as they come amidst a year where communities face severe health and economic challenges due to the pandemic, coupled with the social upheaval caused by the nation’s long overdue awakening to systemic racism. Under Taylor's leadership, Silicon Valley Community Foundation adopted a new strategic plan to center its efforts around racial equity and social justice and has been a significant force in the Bay Area’s pandemic response and recovery.
"This is quite an honor given the company I’m in, including two of my fellow community foundation colleagues, Fred Blackwell and Dr. Helene Gayle, and many fellow leaders and partners in philanthropy and the broader nonprofit sector. It’s truly humbling, especially in light of all our collective efforts in responding quickly to address the turmoil of the last year,” Taylor said. “Since taking the helm in late 2018, my goal has been to effect systemic change, with a focus on giving a voice to those in our community who historically haven’t had one. That’s a big goal, so it is incredibly gratifying to be recognized for this. But I didn’t do it alone. My incredible colleagues and our community partners have been with me every step of the way, ensuring each action we take centers on equity and our community’s primary needs. It has definitely been a collective effort.”
Throughout the pandemic, SVCF led multiple efforts with its donors and local and statewide philanthropic, government and corporate partners to assist those affected by COVID-19, making sure to prioritize racial justice and equity. To-date, SVCF has raised nearly $65 million to support low-income individuals and families, nonprofit organizations, and small businesses in the Bay Area region. In total, SVCF and its fundholders have granted more than $265 million to support COVID-related causes around the world.
Over the past year, Taylor spearheaded a shift in the foundation's grantmaking policies to provide more general operating support and capacity-building grants to organizations that help build a community where all can lead financially secure, safe, and fulfilling lives. These include smaller and emerging organizations led by people of color and allied organizations that amplify the voices of and build power among historically underrepresented communities, including Black, Latinx, Indigenous and other communities of color.
“As we transition to the next phase of the pandemic and work to build back better, I will uphold my goal and SVCF's mission to achieve a more equitable Silicon Valley. We will devote our energy and resources to leaders helping their communities build the power, agency, and voice to create movements that inspire real change,” Taylor said.
SVCF is committed to supporting policies and solutions that eliminate the systemic injustices that block access to opportunity. For racial justice resources and guides to support local organizations working in this space, visit the community foundation's Racial Equity and Social Justice webpage. Learn more about its Movement- and Power-Building Fund, which works to advance equitable policies that drive systemic change.
About Silicon Valley Community Foundation
Silicon Valley Community Foundation is a regional catalyst, connector and collaborator. We bring together the resources and skills of donors, business, government and community to solve some of our region’s toughest challenges. We promote philanthropy in our region and support philanthropists to invest with impact. Through advocacy, research, policy and grantmaking, we seek systemic solutions to drive enduring community change.
More than 1,800 individuals and families and over 60 companies partner with Silicon Valley Community Foundation using our donor advised fund (DAF) services. More than a third of donor advised funds held at SVCF have balances of $25,000 or less. We encourage and advise donors to be active philanthropists and to give on a continual basis. Under our rigorous policy to discourage inactive funds, if after two years a donor has not recommended any grants from their DAF, SVCF will pool and distribute the funds through our Community Endowment Fund.
Learn more at siliconvalleycf.org.