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Over the past 10 years, SVCF awarded more than $4.3 billion in grants2017
Grown to the largest community foundation in the world with $8.2 billion in assets under management2016
More than $1.3 billion granted locally, nationally and globally from all funds2016
Inaugural Innovation Conference brings together philanthropists, foundation leaders and speakers from around the world2015
California governor signs into law SB 359, an SVCF-sponsored bill to end "math misplacement" in schools2015
Receives $7.5 million from federal Social Innovation Fund to launch The Big Lift partnership to improve early learning, literacy in San Mateo County2014
SVCF and the White House convene the nation's community foundations in recognition of the 100th anniversary of community foundations2014
First Silicon Valley Gives event launches; over three years, the event raises nearly $24 million for local nonprofits2013
Global Charity Database created to allow public donations to more than 1,100 pre-approved organizations worldwide2012
Receives largest gift in SVCF history, nearly $500 million from Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg2012
Announces formation of Innovate Public Schools2012
SVCF acquires EF2012
Opens satellite offices in San Francisco and San Jose2011
Reaches $2 billion in assets and a cumulative total of $1 billion in grants awarded2010
SVCF and Entrepreneurs Foundation (EF) release Corporate Citizenship Report2010
Ranked second largest community foundation in the U.S.2009
SVCF teams up with San Mateo County to provide safety-net relief2009
Named to list of nation's top givers by Foundation Center2008
Exceeds $242 Million in grantmaking in first year2008
Completes "Strengthen the Safety Net" campaign, makes $3M in grants for food, shelter services2007
Releases first Corporate Philanthropy study2007
The community foundation was created in 2006 through the landmark merger of Peninsula Community
Foundation and Community Foundation Silicon Valley, and launched in January 2007.
Partners with Joint Venture to expand Silicon Valley Index2007
SVCF opens new headquarters in Mountain View1989
Along with the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, begins a regional arts endowment. The Silicon Valley Arts Fund raises $12 million2006
Silicon Valley Community Foundation is established by unanimous votes by the boards of the Peninsula
Community Foundation and Community Foundation Silicon Valley. Emmett D. Carson, Ph.D., is named as the first
CEO and president.
The community foundation releases Familia, Fé y Comunidad, a landmark study on giving and volunteering
among Latinos in Silicon Valley, in partnership with the Hispanic Foundation.
The community foundation celebrates its 50th anniversary. Bill Gates is the keynote speaker.
Serious merger discussions are held with Peninsula Community Foundation.
Greg Avis becomes board chair.
The community foundation raises $254 million and becomes the first community
foundation to receive the 'Foundation of the Year' award from the Association
of Fundraising Professionals.
The Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund, one of the nation's first social
venture funds, is established.
Jeff Skoll donates $100,000 in pre-IPO eBay stock. The community foundation later sells
the stock, forming the $40 million eBay Foundation. The Community Foundation of Santa Clara
County changes its name to Community Foundation Silicon Valley.
Steven and Michèle Kirsch give $5 million to the community foundation, the single
largest gift in its 41-year history. Assets rise to $64 million.
The community foundation launches the region’s first Neighborhood Grants Program to
support, train and build the capacity of residents at the grassroots level.
Peter Hero is appointed president.1980
Leonard Ely sells his car dealership and becomes the 'dollar-a-year' fundraiser.1979
Lew White is hired as the first paid executive director.1978
The Community Trust changes its name to Community Foundation of Santa Clara County.
Grants are made to 28 different organizations, including Eastside Mosquitoes and Stanford
University for foreign student scholarships.
Silicon Valley Community Foundation is established by unanimous votes
by the boards of the Peninsula Community Foundation and Community Foundation
Silicon Valley. Emmett D. Carson, Ph.D., is named as the first CEO and president.
Serious merger discussions are held with Community Foundation Silicon
Valley. Retired Judge Patricia Breese becomes board chair.
The community foundation’s donor advised fund program is the
second largest in the country; $64 million in grants is distributed
Raising A Reader® and The Center for Venture Philanthropy
launch programs that become national models.
Tom Ford donates 20% of his limited partnership interest in
property on Sand Hill Road and specifies that the annual distributions
must be spent for community benefit.
The community foundation celebrates its 30th anniversary.1992
Sterling Speirn is appointed as executive director.1989
An anonymous donor makes an unrestricted $25 million gift.
Assets rise to $42 million.
The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation provides a 1:3 matching
challenge grant which produces $1.5 million for arts and health.
The San Mateo Foundation changes its name to Peninsula Community Foundation.1976
The Paul Strong Achilles Fund is created from the donation of 22,000
shares of Eastman Kodak stock. The gift provides further funding for the
hiring of staff and new office space.
1974 Bill Somerville is hired as the first paid executive director.1973
Jean Sawyer Weaver designates a portion of her inheritance from William
Cooper Proctor for the community foundation’s administrative costs.
Frances Baruch Lilienthal establishes an organization that is named
the San Mateo Foundation after her death. Her husband Ted Lilienthal
serves as the first president. The K.O. Polio Fund gives $35,000, one
of the first gifts to the community foundation.
Phillip Hammer Sr. spearheads the formation of the Community Trust,
converting the final $55,000 from the World War II San José War Chest.
Early grants include the College Readiness Program at the College of
San Mateo, the Council on Alcoholism and the El Camino Halfway House.
The first grants include Camp Costanoan, the Children’s Health Council in
Palo Alto and Wheeler Hospital in Gilroy. An anonymous donor makes the first
stock gift: 100 shares of common stock which is later sold for $3,950.
Attorney Albert J. Horn begins his 35-year tenure as board member and community
Board chair Jean Kuhn Doyle launches a two-year fundraising effort and raises $71,000.
Steven D. Anderson
Charles “Chip” Huggins
Karen Van Hoesen Olson
Joseph George, Jr.