Racial Equity & Social Justice

June 2020 protest at San Jose City Hall

We must act – united – to reshape the institutions and policies that allow injustice. We must address systemic disparity, promote political justice and hold public officials accountable. We must elevate unheard voices and support those seeking to better integrate marginalized groups into our communities. The time to address racial equity is now.

To better understand how and why the country is at this critical time of reckoning, we have to educate ourselves on our nation's systems of oppression, its history and its policies. We must educate our youth, encouraging a new generation of activists for positive systemic change.


Racial Justice

Giving Guide:
Black-led organizations

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Nonprofits for Change

Organizations for racial equity & social justice

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Civic Participation

Civic Participation: Engage & vote for the future

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Learn more about the California Black Freedom FundIn partnership with philanthropic and movement leaders, the fund has a goal of investing $100 million in the next five years to support the courageous and visionary grassroots advocates and community leaders who are transforming our cities, our state and our world.

Learn more about the LatinXCEL Fund: Created by SVCF and the Castellano Family Foundation, the LatinXCEL Fund is a new initiative that calls for vastly increased funding for Silicon Valleyʼs Latinx community leaders and nonprofits through targeted, long-term investments.


SVCF’s Commitment

SVCF's commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion is reflected in our work across multiple initiatives since our founding in 2007. Under our recently completed strategic planning process, we have established priorities focusing on addressing systemic disparities, fostering a strong and engaged community, building a culture and practice of effective philanthropy in our region, and become the trusted and enduring institution this community deserves.

All of our work will be centered on creating a equitable communities and systems that will allow all Silicon Valley residents to lead financially secure, safe and fulfilling lives. We hold a vision of a Silicon Valley where everyone can thrive.

In line with this recently adopted strategic plan, SVCF’s President and CEO, Nicole Taylor,  created the SVCF Community Advisory Council. The purpose of this council is to engage leaders of color to help us ensure we are implementing effective strategies and advocating for effective policies. View our charter and learn more about our members ›


CEO Statements

SVCF Philanthropy Now Podcasts

Philanthropy Now podcast: Freedom For All Americans
July 14, 2021

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Philanthropy Now podcast: Juneteenth and the reckoning on race with Lateefah Simon
June 30, 2021

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On the San Mateo County coast: uplifting our "forgotten" neighbors
June 16, 2021

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Addressing anti-Asian racism and barriers to funding in AAPI communities
June 2, 2021

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Honoring AAPI Heritage Month and responding to anti-Asian violence
May 19, 2021

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Multiplying grantmaking power with impact investing
May 5, 2021

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Strengthening American-Muslim relations with philanthropy and civic engagement
April 21, 2021

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The ¡Sí Se Puede! Collective builds power in East San Jose
March 24, 2021

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A look back at 2020 with Nicole Taylor and Dan’l Lewin
December 16, 2020

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Community Legal Services elevates the voices of the formerly incarcerated
November 4, 2020

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Amplifying the voices of BIPOC leaders in the nonprofit sector
October 28, 2020

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SVCF’s COVID-19 Nonprofit Emergency Fund makes waves supporting the most vulnerable communities in the Bay Area
October 21, 2020

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Intertwining faith and community action in the fight for race equity
October 14, 2020

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Members of SVCF's Community Advisory Council emphasize the role of the arts in fighting racial inequalities
September 9, 2020

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Fighting health-related systemic disparities with the COVID-19 Black initiative
August 19, 2020

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Housing solutions with Destination: Home’s collective impact model and cross-sector partnerships
August 26, 2020

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Open Philanthropy: How donors and philanthropists can support criminal justice reform
July 22, 2020

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Supporting Black youth in a flawed education system
July 29, 2020

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Defending civil rights with Vanita Gupta
March 18, 2020

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Additional Resources

Tools & Organizations for Change


Recommended Reading

In the News and Media Mentions


Honoring Juneteenth


Juneteenth has primarily been celebrated in the African American community – but it presents a vital opportunity to inform a wider audience of its importance and encourage more people to understand that injustice and oppression still flourish in the U.S. and must be addressed by all in our country.