Press Release - May 4, 2016

Silicon Valley Gives: 24-Hour Event Raises $7.85 Million for Local Nonprofit Organizations

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — More than 1,000 nonprofit organizations were registered to participate in Silicon Valley Gives, also known as SVGives. Charities benefited from the generosity of 23,906 donations from 18,159 unique donors during SVGives, the region’s day of giving to support local nonprofits.

The online fundraising effort began at midnight on Tuesday, May 3, and ended at 11:59 p.m. that night. Based on preliminary results, donors contributed just over $7.85 million to support the causes they care about in San Mateo, Santa Clara, San Francisco and San Benito counties. 

“All across the four counties involved – San Mateo, Santa Clara, San Francisco and San Benito – people demonstrated a generous spirit and connection to their communities,” said Emmett Carson, CEO of Silicon Valley Community Foundation, which hosted SVGives with support from lead sponsor Microsoft and dozens of other sponsors. “Nonprofit organizations tirelessly worked to spread the word about the needs facing our region, and we should all be proud of how many people responded by donating.”

During SVGives, nonprofit organizations encouraged their donors and the public to make charitable donations online at Donors could choose among more than 1,000 participating charities, and make donations starting at just $10. Throughout the day, some donations were eligible to be matched by gifts already pledged by individuals and companies that sponsored SVGives. Media sponsor NBC Bay Area helped publicize the giving day with live broadcasts throughout the day featuring nonprofit organization representatives who gathered at Safeway at Rivermark Plaza in Santa Clara.

SVGives benefited nonprofits of all sizes. Among the larger nonprofits participating, for example, San Francisco-based Archbishop Riordan High School garnered contributions from 327 unique donors, for a total of $54,995. And among smaller organizations, for example, East Palo Alto-based Girls to Women had 122 unique donors and raised $20,403. View more results on the SVGives website.

In its first two events – held in 2014 and 2015 – SVGives raised a total of nearly $16 million for local charities. 

For more information on the 2016 event, visit


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