Type of SupportProject
Created in 2007 through the merger of two local community foundations, Silicon Valley Community Foundation serves San Mateo and Santa Clara counties. There are 2 million people living in this two-county region—more than 45 percent are people of color, one-third of residents are immigrants, nearly half the workforce is foreign-born, and close to two-thirds of those under the age of eighteen are children of immigrants. The community foundation led successful capacity-building efforts for organizations serving low-income people and communities of color, including multiyear general support paired with technical assistance. Using its experience and cultural competency, the foundation will continue to focus on organizations working to improve the quality of life for marginalized communities.
About the Grantee
2440 West El Camino Real Suite 300, Mountain View, CA, 94040-1498, United States
Grants to this Grantee
for strengthening Latinx‐led or serving orgs by investing in capacity and leadership activities
Silicon Valley Community Foundation is a leading connector and collaborator in the region. This grant will support targeted, long-term investments for Silicon Valley’s nonprofits that serve Latinx communities or have Latinx leadership. This grant will contribute to sustaining investments and resources to eradicate systemic and institutional racism.
for support of the Regional Planning Strategy
As part of the Great Communities Collaborative, the Silicon Valley Community Foundation will work to change the current sprawl approach to development which negatively impacts underserved communities both economically and environmentally. The organization will focus on San Jose’s Diridon Station area,where there is an opportunity to merge better transit with affordable housing and good jobs as part of the redevelopment of the area. The long-term goal of the Collaborative is to change the trajectory of growth in the Bay Area by having half of the new homes built by 2030 be in walkable communities; at affordable prices; near transit, services, and jobs; and with access to recreation and open space.
for support of Silicon Valley Gives, a 2014 fundraising drive for Bay Area nonprofits
Silicon Valley Gives is an effort, spearheaded by the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, to launch a 24-hour online giving event in 2014 to encourage broad donor support of local Silicon Valley nonprofits. A series of matches and prizes will be offered to help incentivize donor participation. The Silicon Valley project marks one example of a national effort overseen by the Council on Foundations to honor the 100th birthday of community foundations - on May 6, 2014 community foundations across the country will participate. In preparation, SVCF will offer a series of targeted trainings to help strengthen the capacity of local nonprofits to promote themselves through social media and other online methods. Silicon Valley Gives will then leverage and expand on the broader national marketing effort to bring attention to the local role of community foundations and to drive support to local nonprofits, focusing on San Mateo and Santa Clara counties.