Strategic Partnerships

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): 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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LatinXCEL Fund

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.
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Strategic Initiative Grants

Strategic Initiative Grants: SVCF invests in organizations working on systemic change in the areas of early childhood care and education, housing and financial security. Grantmaking programs in each of these areas will be announced in Q2, Q3 and Q4 of 2021 respectively. Return to this page for more information or learn more about our other funding opportunities.
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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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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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