In 10 years, SVCF has become the largest community foundation in the world. We have given more than $4.3 billion in grants to improve communities locally, nationally and globally.
Silicon Valley Community Foundation has a unique and special role to play in helping to address the many difficult problems that continue to face our communities.
Following the merger of Community Foundation Silicon Valley and Peninsula Community Foundation, Silicon Valley Community Foundation launched with 61 staff and $1.7B in assets under management.
Thanks to the generosity of the Sobrato family, SVCF’s Real Estate Trust received the gift of this building, which became our headquarters in August 2007.
In its first research report, Corporate Philanthropy in Silicon Valley, SVCF explored the scope and impact of giving by local corporations.
Total grants made in SVCF’s first year.
"Our objective never was to be the biggest foundation. It’s not size for size’s sake, but for the credibility and advocacy strength it can give you."
SVCF announces it will focus its discretionary grantmaking efforts on four major issues: economic security, education, immigration and regional planning. For our ability to support nonprofits working on these topics, we are grateful to the late Tom Ford, pictured. His generous Sand Hill Endowment is helping SVCF serve the Silicon Valley region in perpetuity.
Responding to the Great Recession, SVCF awarded $3 million in safety-net grants for food and shelter in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties. Support for these grants came from our donors and from corporations and foundations. The grants assisted 47 different nonprofit organizations.
SVCF formed a unique partnership with the County of San Mateo to distribute $1 million in safety-net grants to 32 nonprofit organizations serving county residents during the recession.
SVCF released a first-of-its kind report on payday lending in California, an industry that perpetuates damaging cycles of debt among low-income borrowers.Learn More
In partnership with Santa Clara and San Mateo counties, SVCF granted $250,000 to ensure census outreach accounted for all people in the Silicon Valley region, and we held outreach workshops with the U.S. Census Bureau. Our grants resulted in some of California’s highest rates of improvement in census participation.
"As the world becomes more interconnected, it will be essential that local communities become more networked, linking individual donors, nonprofit organizations, companies, religious institutions and government together. "
given since 2007
assets under management
Former Vice President Al Gore gave the keynote address at SVCF’s fifth anniversary Regional Meeting. SVCF announced the formation of the Donor Circle for the Environment with a matching grant from the Packard Foundation.
An SVCF report on disaster preparedness in San Mateo County’s Coastside region led to a major overhaul of disaster preparations.
The first-ever Bay Area Muslim Study, commissioned by SVCF and the One Nation Bay Area collaborative, was released. This benchmark report provided context to help address challenges faced by local Muslim communities.
SVCF helped pass Plan Bay Area, one of the state’s most progressive plans to increase housing. Because of our Envision Bay Area initiative and other grants we made, a plan was approved that calls for future housing production to be accommodated close to transit. More than 800 residents participated!
SVCF created a global charity database and donation site, allowing the public to donate to more than 1,200 pre-approved organizations worldwide.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan donated stock worth nearly $1 billion, the largest gift ever made to SVCF.
SVCF held its first Silicon Valley Gives event. Over the course of three years, SVGives raised nearly $24 million for more than 1,000 local nonprofit organizations.
GoPro founder Nicholas Woodman and Jill Woodman donated stock worth $500 million to SVCF to create the Nicholas + Jill Woodman Foundation.
Jan Koum, co-founder of WhatsApp, donated stock worth $566 million to SVCF.
SVCF and the White House convened the nation’s community foundations to recognize and celebrate the 100th anniversary of community foundations.
SVCF began collaborating with Glamour magazine to launch The Girl Project, a campaign to break down barriers to girls’ education worldwide.
"The voice, the community interaction, the engagement in the community, the impact that we’ve had and what we’ll be able to do in the future – that inspires me a lot."
SVCF convened a group of government, health and nonprofit leaders to discuss the international Ebola virus crisis. Panelists included representatives from the U.S. State Department and the Centers for Disease Control Foundation, pictured.WATCH VIDEO
SVCF received $7.5M from the federal Social Innovation Fund to launch The Big Lift, a partnership with the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors and San Mateo County Office of Education to improve early learning and literacy among low-income children in San Mateo County.WATCH VIDEO
SVCF received an award from Santa Clara County’s Collaborating Agencies Disaster Relief Effort for assisting local nonprofits in planning for disaster response.
California Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law SB 359, an SVCF-sponsored bill to end “math misplacement” in schools, an unfair practice that held back primarily low-income, African American and Latino students from college preparation.
among all U.S. charities, based on private donations of $1.97 billion in 2014.
In partnership with Santa Clara County and the City of San José, SVCF granted $2 million to nine nonprofit organizations that provide services to immigrants at risk of deportation. The programs funded by these partnerships reached out to over 22,000 individuals.
"Silicon Valley is a global community, and anybody who thinks like that, or has any connections to it, is potentially part of our family, wherever they live. "
Voters across the nine-county Bay Area approved Measure AA, an SVCF-supported effort to raise $500 million for restoration of San Francisco Bay.
SVCF kicked off a two-year review of our grantmaking strategies.
SVCF led a fundraising campaign to restore library accounts to 4,500 young people in San Jose and replace 9,000 lost library items.
Grants from all types of SVCF funds to local, national, & global charities
assets designated to support charitable causes
Contributions received to establish charitable funds
Number of grants awarded from individuals, families & corporations
Total number of donor advised and other funds
Grants from all types of SVCF funds to local, national, & global charities
to charities in the nine Bay Area counties + $245 million to other California charities
to U.S. charities outside California
to global charities
SVCF provides leadership, expertise and capital to help address social issues in our region. In addition to working with individual, family and corporate philanthropists, we also serve as a resource for nonprofit, civic, government and philanthropic organizations. Here are four primary ways in which we contribute:
SVCF thanks our individual and family donors, corporate and nonprofit fundholders, professional advisors and nonprofit partners serving the communities in which we live and work. Your partnership and passion make it possible for us to devote time and resources to efforts that are transforming the Bay Area and the world into better places.