Strategic Initiatives

We launch and participate in initiatives and cross-sector solutions that multiply our reach and impact. Most of these targeted initiatives are three to six years in length. We occasionally take on short, high-impact projects. Our current initiatives include:

On The Table

On The Table: A day of community building through conversations designed to strengthen and connect our community. On the Table Silicon Valley will bring together thousands of local people to eat and talk about our region's housing crisis — and what we can do to solve it. Your voice matters. 
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Center for Early Learning

Center for Early Learning: The mission of the Center for Early Learning is to ensure that Silicon Valley’s young children and their families have access to high quality early learning opportunities and healthy development through promotion of research, strategic initiatives, advocacy and systems change.
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The Big Lift

The Big Lift: Because third grade reading is a critical marker of long-term success in school and in life, the Peninsula Partnership Leadership Council (PPLC) – a coalition of government, education, nonprofit, foundation and business leaders – launched The Big Lift to increase the percentage of third grade children reading proficiently in San Mateo County to 80 percent by 2020.
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Silicon Valley Community Foundation Regional Fund

Silicon Valley Regional Fund: The Silicon Valley Regional Fund was established in October 2015 to raise funds to expand housing and transportation strategies that link nonprofit organizations in San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Clara counties. SVCF is currently working with regional organizations, including those in San Francisco, on issues relating to land use and housing, transportation and public transit, and civic engagement of residents to participate in decision-making around these issues.
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Community Leadership Project

Community Leadership Project: Silicon Valley Community Foundation was selected in a rigorous competitive process to join the CLP to work with and award operating and capacity-building grants to 11 carefully selected nonprofit leaders and organizations in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties.
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SJ Learns

SJ Learns: The SJ Learns Extended Learning Initiative is an effort to expand after-school programs for children in kindergarten through grade three 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 CEO Emmett Carson – is developing a road map for the city’s investment in innovative after-school programs with support from foundations, corporate and other private sector partners. The goal is to increase the number of high-quality after-school programs for students in San José.
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