From legislation to giving, SVCF's Spring 2016 Magazine dives into several "firsts" for our organization and our partners.
When advocating for equality in math education, SVCF has been part of the equation for years. We’ve funded nonprofit organizations and educators that specialize in nurturing promising young minds on the track toward college and career. We’ve sponsored research that highlights the very real issue of math misplacement. We’ve convened leaders from the community, schools and the nonprofits that serve California’s students.
But with SB 359, we went beyond these efforts. For the first time ever, we sponsored a bill and helped see it through the legislative process. When the California Mathematics Placement Act of 2015 went into effect this January, it was a moment of pride. Go behind the scenes in our cover story, and you’ll see why.
As a pioneer for diversity in the tech industry, Ken Coleman knows about firsts, too. But for Coleman, featured in this issue’s “Visionaries,” symbolism was never a goal. He has built a career redefining aspects of the tech industry while also nurturing underrepresented talent. Having worked closely with Ken and his wife, Caretha, from the start of Silicon Valley Community Foundation, I’ve witnessed his commitment firsthand.
Spring 2016 marks another first for us, too, as the third-annual Silicon Valley Gives expanded to include nonprofits in San Francisco County. Given the success of our past two events — which raised nearly $16 million — we look forward to another great year in which the region’s residents demonstrate their support for their community.