Community Impact

Community is at the heart of SVCF. Learn about our strategic initiatives, grantmaking, upcoming events and more!

Stories About Our Impact

Local

Scholarships are vital tools for local students. In our annual efforts to nurture students on their path to higher education and careers, SVCF awarded nearly 400 scholarships totaling $1.7 million to students enrolled in high school, community college and university programs for the 2014-15... Read more....

Many of SVCF’s donors are focused on delivering tangible solutions and tools to help others. Terri Bullock is an SVCF donor and director of the Windrider Film Forum, Bay Area. Bullock, whose sister suffered from early onset Alzheimer’s disease, was moved by the Sundance Audience Award-winning... Read more....

The Big Lift, an effort to improve children’s literacy in San Mateo County. Last fall, staff in the Center for Early Learning got the exciting news that the program had been selected to receive a $7.5 million Social Innovation Fund (SIF) grant from the Corporation for National and Community... Read more....

Longtime SVCF donor Bette Moorman has for years funded a community engagement program that was dear to her heart. Each year, Moorman sponsored over 40 field trips for students in San Mateo County public schools, sending hundreds of kids to museums or musical performances or on other outings in... Read more....

Another local solution is CONEC, an online tool to help nonprofits that offer legal services to Silicon Valley immigrants who are striving to assimilate and succeed. In creating this online volunteer-matching tool, SVCF worked with a network of 15 nonprofit organizations that offer an array of... Read more....

National

A highlight of last year came on December 2, when we co-hosted a historic convening of community foundation executives and government representatives at the White House. The gathering both celebrated the centennial of the first community foundation and explored ways in which these vital... Read more....

Last year we were able to work with several major companies to facilitate their philanthropic efforts around specific causes. In one case there was literally a stage involved in the work we did, and a big one: the organizers of the Concert for Valor — HBO, Starbucks and Chase — turned to SVCF to... Read more....

Global

SVCF’s collaboration with YourCause has simplified international charitable giving for thousands of employees across the U.S. and laid the groundwork for much wider expansion of philanthropy across foreign borders. In partnering with Texas-based YourCause, SVCF has approved a pre-qualified list... Read more....

SVCF brought simplicity to international giving for those moved to help address the Ebola crisis in West Africa. Philanthropist and Microsoft co-founder Paul G. Allen selected SVCF to process donations for his international Tackle Ebola fund. As the spread of the deadly disease accelerated last... Read more....

SVCF worked with Glamour magazine on The Girl Project, a program to raise charitable funds to send girls around the world to school who could not otherwise afford it. We were proud to be selected as a trusted partner in this effort, and happy to know that we had again helped a nationally known... Read more....