Aug 03, 2015
We are pleased to announce that Jill Rademacher has joined Silicon Valley Community Foundation today as our chief donor experience and engagement officer.    Jill will be responsible for enhancing SVCF’s world-class donor services program, which enables donors to deepen... Read More
Jul 27, 2015
SJ Learns is an effort to expand after-school programs for children in kindergarten through grade three in San Jose who are most in need of this investment. Working with the office of San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo, the SJ Learns Working Group – co-lead by SVCF... Read More
Jul 17, 2015
We are excited to announce that Gina D. Dalma, pictured, has been promoted to the role of special advisor to the CEO for public policy. Most recently, Gina served as SVCF's director of grantmaking and as co-lead of the Silicon Valley Common Core Initiative.    In her new... Read More
Jul 09, 2015
Community foundations have existed for more than a hundred years by adhering to a simple proposition: they exist to serve their local communities. Today, this proposition is being challenged by an increasingly global, twenty-first century mindset and amazing new technologies that strengthen... Read More
Jun 29, 2015
Do you remember the feeling of getting in the car after you passed your first driving test? Where did you go on your first drive alone? Who did you take with you? For many of us, feeling excited and elated was a given. What was less expected, but perhaps far more profound, was a sense of freedom... Read More
Jun 24, 2015
If you live in Silicon Valley, chances are you regularly interact with someone who was not born here. In San Mateo and Santa Clara counties, nearly half of our workforce is foreign-born and close to two-thirds of those under the age of 18 are the children of immigrants. Immigrants have been... Read More
Jun 17, 2015
As many of you are aware, Silicon Valley Community Foundation is very proud to be one of the lead partners in San Mateo County’s Big Lift. The Big Lift’s goal is to transform early learning. It is a social venture that combines high-quality and connected learning experiences from... Read More
Jun 16, 2015
The first half of this year has proven to me like never before that when philanthropy works on common ground with government, the combination can be one of the most powerful forces for community change. Let me give you a few recent examples.    In late May, I was honored to... Read More
Jun 15, 2015
The following remarks were presented at The Urban Institute’s Conference on Donor Advised Funds:  How Have They Changed Philanthropy? on June 16, 2015, in Washington, D.C. Almost overnight, donor advised funds (DAFs) have moved from nearly 85 years of obscurity to facing the... Read More
Jun 15, 2015
While payday loans are often marketed as short-term solutions for emergency cash needs, the two-week loans can quickly spiral out of control, forcing borrowers to take out successive loans to pay back the original loan and continue to make ends meet. In California, the State Department of... Read More