Press Release - May 6, 2015

Silicon Valley Gives: 24-hour Event Raises $7.8 Million For Local Nonprofit Organizations

MOUNTAIN VIEW - Hundreds of charities in Silicon Valley benefited from the generosity of more than 17,000 unique donors during Silicon Valley Gives, the region’s day of giving to support local nonprofits.

The online fundraising effort began at midnight on Tuesday, May 5, and ended at 11:59 p.m. that night. Based on preliminary results, donors contributed just over $7.8 million to support the causes they care about in San Mateo, Santa Clara and San Benito counties. About 80 charities based in San Francisco that serve residents of Silicon Valley also participated.

“Silicon Valley residents showed their generosity and connection to their communities,” said Emmett Carson, CEO of Silicon Valley Community Foundation, which hosted SVGives with support from lead sponsor Microsoft and more than 70 other sponsors. “Nonprofit organizations spent countless hours getting the word out about the needs facing our region, and more than 17,000 people responded by donating. We had more people participate in giving, more gifts and more nonprofit organizations on board than last year. It’s a community effort we can all be proud of.”

During SVGives, nonprofit organizations encouraged their donors and the public to make charitable donations online at Donors could choose among more than 850 participating charities, and make donations starting at just $10. Throughout the day, some donations were eligible to be matched by donations already pledged by individuals and companies that sponsored SVGives. Media sponsor NBC Bay Area helped publicize the giving day with online public service announcements and live broadcasts throughout the day of 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, Burlingame Community for Education garnered contributions from more than 460 unique donors, for a total of $212,860. And among smaller organizations, for example, Silicon Valley Pet Project had 350 unique donors and raised $14,788. To view more results, click here.

Following the success of Silicon Valley Gives in 2014 and 2015, Silicon Valley Community Foundation is pleased to announce that it will host SVGives again on Tuesday, May 3, 2016.

For more information on the 2015 event, visit


About Silicon Valley Community Foundation
Silicon Valley Community Foundation makes all forms of philanthropy more powerful. We serve as a catalyst and leader for innovative solutions to our region’s most challenging problems, and through our donors we award more money to charities than any other community foundation in the United States. SVCF has $6.5 billion in assets under management. As Silicon Valley’s center of philanthropy, we provide thousands of individuals, families and corporations with simple and effective ways to give locally and around the world. Find out more at