Strategic Initiatives

We launch and participate in initiatives and cross-sector solutions that multiply our reach and impact. Most of these targeted initiatives are three to six years in length. We occasionally take on short, high-impact projects. Our current initiatives include:

California Black Freedom Fund

California Black Freedom Fund (CBFF): SVCF supports CBFF, a first-of-its kind statewide initiative to ensure that Black power-building and movement-based organizations have the sustained investments and resources they need to eradicate systemic and institutional racism. In 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.
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Support Civic Engagement

Support Civic Engagement: The outcomes of the upcoming 2020 election will have historic impact on our country and local communities. During a time of heightened consciousness around equity and racial justice, ensuring that every citizen has fair access to voting is crucial.
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Schools and Communities First

Schools and Communities First: Proposition 15 is a critical ballot measure in the 2020 election. If passed, the initiative could raise up to an additional $12 billion in annual revenue for local governments and public schools. SVCF and partners commissioned independent, nonpartisan research into the potential impacts of Proposition 15 to help Californians make an informed decision when voting.
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SVCF Community Advisory Council

SVCF’s Community Advisory Council: In line with SVCF’s strategic plan, the foundation’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.
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On The Table

On The Table: A day of community building through conversations designed to strengthen and connect our community. On the Table Silicon Valley will bring together thousands of local people to eat and talk about our region's housing crisis — and what we can do to solve it. Your voice matters. 
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Center for Early Learning

Center for Early Learning: The mission of the Center for Early Learning is to ensure that Silicon Valley’s young children and their families have access to high quality early learning opportunities and healthy development through promotion of research, strategic initiatives, advocacy and systems change.
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The Big Lift

The Big Lift: Because third grade reading is a critical marker of long-term success in school and in life, the Peninsula Partnership Leadership Council (PPLC) – a coalition of government, education, nonprofit, foundation and business leaders – launched The Big Lift to increase the percentage of third grade children reading proficiently in San Mateo County to 80 percent by 2020.
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Gilroy Community Response

Gilroy Community Response: A year after the 2019 Gilroy Garlic Festival shooting, we remember the victims and honor our first responders by presenting stories around how the community came together.
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