What’s Silicon Valley Gives all about?

Here are some answers to frequently asked questions about Silicon Valley Gives, a regional giving day hosted by SVCF.

What is Silicon Valley Gives?

On Tuesday, May 3, 2016, Silicon Valley Gives will raise money for local nonprofits through a single online donation platform, providing a simple way to connect donors to the charitable causes they care about most and encourage them to take action. This 24-hour online fundraising effort is hosted by SVCF with the help of sponsors. The SVGives event offers thousands of nonprofits the chance to raise millions of dollars.

Where will Silicon Valley Gives take place?

Silicon Valley Gives is an online event. Leading up to, and on the day-of, you can visit svgives.org for updates on nonprofit leaderboard standings, prize awards and other exciting news. On the day of the event, there will be giving locations where community members will learn how to participate. Some nonprofits choose to hold special events on SVGives day.

Which nonprofit organizations can participate in Silicon Valley Gives?

Organizations must serve San Benito, San Francisco, San Mateo or Santa Clara counties. Organizations headquartered outside these four counties must demonstrate significant service to the area and be headquartered in one of the other Bay Area counties.

Eligible organizations include those that are designated as a 501(c)(3), those that have a fiscal sponsor with a 501(c)(3) designation, or those that are public agencies, including school districts. Please email svgives@siliconvalleycf.org with questions regarding eligibility.

Are there opportunities for me or my company to sponsor Silicon Valley Gives or get involved in other ways?

Yes, many generous philanthropists and companies have sponsored SVGives in recent years or become involved in other ways. By sponsoring matching gifts and prizes – or by holding SVGives activities at their workplaces, they help create community excitement for the giving day.

Current SVCF donors should contact their Philanthropy Advisors for information. Companies interested in sponsorship should contact donate@siliconvalleycf.org.


For more answers, visit svgives.org. As information becomes available, the site will be updated with details about upcoming training sessions.