Reflecting on SVGives, a summit for My Brother’s Keeper and more recent milestones in our initiatives

With your help, we did it again! Our region’s day of charitable giving, Silicon Valley Gives, was held May 5, and with the support of SVCF donors and the community, we raised $7.8 million for local nonprofits. My sincere thanks goes out to the many SVCF fund holders who offered matching gifts to help us create excitement among prospective donors, and to the many of you who supported favorite charities on May 5. 
 
On SVGives day, I was excited to meet in the pre-dawn hours at Safeway in Santa Clara with dozens of nonprofit organizations to spread the word on NBC Bay Area’s live morning news shows. Later, I read to children at special events sponsored by Raising A Reader at the Reading Bug Bookstore in San Carlos and at Valley Fair shopping center in Santa Clara. It’s inspiring to be part of gatherings like these – to meet the caring people who provide services to our community and to see up close the looks of concentration and enjoyment on the kids’ faces. We look forward to hosting another great SVGives on May 3, 2016. 
 
Along with the City of San Jose, SVCF also hosted a local action summit on May 22 for My Brother’s Keeper, President Obama’s initiative to create better opportunities and outcomes for boys and young men of color nationwide. Attended by more than 140 people from around the Bay Area, the summit was a first step toward developing Silicon Valley-specific solutions that can help guide more boys and young men of color to bright futures.
 
And on May 27, nearly 300 educators, government officials and businesspeople from all over San Mateo County and beyond gathered to celebrate the launch of The Big Lift, a bold social venture to ensure that children in the county can all read proficiently by third grade. This initiative, funded in part by a grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service’s Social Innovation Fund, will ultimately help ensure that Silicon Valley’s economy can thrive with the help of a skilled local workforce. You can read more about The Big Lift here
 
Thank you for your support of SVCF and our work. I wish you an enjoyable and rewarding summer.