See 'where the money goes': SVCF updates searchable catalog with data on 2016 grants

Local education giving
Data from the grants catalog shows that in 2016, gifts from SVCF funds to nonprofits in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties primarily supported education causes.

SVCF has updated its searchable catalog of grants made to nonprofit organizations with data from 2016. The expanded catalog now includes all grants made in 2015 and 2016 that were distributed from donor advised funds, corporate advised funds, committee advised funds and discretionary grantmaking programs.

SVCF makes grants to nonprofit organizations that are large and small, old and new, local, regional, national and international. Earlier this year, we reported we had distributed more than $1.3 billion in grants from all types of funds held at SVCF – from donor advised funds and corporate advised funds to supporting organizations and discretionary funds directed by our staff and approved by our board of directors. That level of giving is unprecedented among community foundations. It also exceeds the giving of all but one private foundations in the United States, according to data from the Foundation Center.

We are frequently asked, “Where do all those grants go?”

Because SVCF places importance on transparency, integrity, responsiveness and public accountability, we for many years have included a list of grantees on our website. Until 2016, this was a static, alphabetical list of all the nonprofits that had received grants from a donor advised fund or from one of SVCF’s strategic grantmaking programs. But beginning in 2016, SVCF compiled a “Where the Giving Goes” tool, a searchable catalog of the thousands of nonprofit organizations to which we have awarded grants.

There continues to be discussion locally and nationally about whether people who contribute money to donor advised funds and other charitable vehicles actively put their philanthropic dollars to work to tackle societal problems and support charitable causes. By enabling visitors to explore the catalog of SVCF’s 2015 and 2016 giving, we hope people will be struck by the wide variety of causes supported by SVCF’s donor advised funds, as well as the impressive volume of grants distributed from those funds.

For example, data from the grants catalog can be filtered to show which gifts went to nonprofits in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties in California. Of the grants made in 2016 to nonprofits in those counties, education causes were supported the most, with $41 million going to education causes in San Mateo County, and $31 million going to education causes in Santa Clara County. Other top causes supported are:

Local Giving 2016

Explore the 2016 grants catalog to see more!


The 2016 data provided in the searchable catalog represents approximately $643.3 million in grants made by Silicon Valley Community Foundation last year from donor advised funds, corporate advised funds and committee advised funds, as well as from SVCF’s strategic grantmaking programs. The data does not include approximately $656.7 million in grants from SVCF supporting organizations, employee matching gift funds and a variety of other fund types. Grant amounts shown as negative numbers represent adjustments to prior years’ grants.