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Listen to SVCF Philanthropy Now podcast episodes free, on demand. As the largest community foundation in the world, SVCF engages donors and corporations from Silicon Valley, across the country and around the globe to make our region and world better for all. With our podcast series, we explore trends in the world of philanthropy, social impact initiatives in Silicon Valley and beyond, and how SVCF promotes innovative philanthropic solutions to challenging problems. Tune in, subscribe, and fo ...
 
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Destination: Home is a key organization leading the way in ending homelessness in Silicon Valley. Through powerful cross-sector partnerships with Santa Clara County, private corporations and other community-based nonprofits, Destination: Home is a pioneer creating systemic change in our region. In this episode, SVCF Executive Vice President for Com…
 
SVCF Donor Circles are dynamic groups of Bay Area philanthropists who are passionate and knowledgeable about specific impact areas. Through collaboration, they achieve greater impact by learning and giving together. Donor circle member and Corporate Accelerator Forum CEO Diana Joseph and Palo Alto Players Managing Director Elizabeth Santana join to…
 
In many Silicon Valley neighborhoods where the majority of residents are BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, or People of Color) or are of undocumented status, there are not enough opportunities for community members to exercise their voices and advocate for a better, more equitable future. SVCF Neighborhoods Community Action Grants are bolstering the work t…
 
Welcome to the tenth episode in our mini-series featuring conversations focused on Racial Equity and Social Justice with the members of SVCF’s Community Advisory Council. Listen to the previous episode in the mini-series here, and continue to subscribe to the podcast to hear future episodes. South Santa Clara County, and Gilroy in particular, have …
 
While Supreme Court decision protects LGBTQ+ individuals in the workplace, millions in the LGBTQ+ community continue to face discrimination in so many aspects of life, including housing, public accommodations, education and credit. Today’s episode features Freedom for All Americans’ CEO and National Campaign Director Kasey Suffredini and Senior Vic…
 
On June 19, 1865, soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas with news that the Civil War was over. Since then, this day has been celebrated as the end of slavery in the United States. It also recognizes the culture and achievements of Black Americans and is a symbol of Black freedom. Designating Juneteenth as a holiday is significant, but how much of th…
 
San Mateo County's coastal communities are often overlooked, and historically have experienced challenges such as economic insecurity, lack of basic health services, limited public transportation and lack of access to affordable housing. These issues persist in these underserved communities today. Local nonprofits Pacifica Resource Center (PRC) and…
 
The United States is home to more than 23 million Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. AAPI communities are an integral part of our country’s history and they continue to make lasting social, cultural, economic and political contributions. However, they often remain underfunded and overlooked. In this episode, SVCF President and CEO Nicole Taylor…
 
Amidst the recent rise in reported anti-Asian violence and hate crimes, this year’s Asian-American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month has a solemn undertone. In this episode, SVCF Director of Community Investment Anne Im is joined by Asian Americans for Community Involvement (AACI) CEO Sarita Kohli, New Breath Foundation President and Founder Eddy…
 
In this episode, SVCF Senior Investments Officer James Cutler is joined by Mission Driven Finance’s Chief Investment Officer Louie Nguyen and Social Finance’s Vice President of Social Investment Jackie Khor. Louie and Jackie, two leading investment practitioners, describe how impact investing has become a relevant tool in philanthropy and is leadin…
 
In 2013, the One Nation Bay Area Project—a collaborative funded by Silicon Valley Community Foundation, The San Francisco Foundation, Marin Community Foundation and Asian American/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy—released a benchmark report called The Bay Area Muslim Study. In partnership with the One Nation Foundation and research support from Th…
 
SVCF’s Early Childhood Development (ECD) Strategic Initiative is comprised of three prongs: catalyzing philanthropic investment, activating leadership and supporting learn and action in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties. In this episode, SVCF Executive Vice President for Community Action, Policy and Strategy Gina Dalma is joined by SVCF Director o…
 
Based in East San Jose, the ¡Sí Se Puede! Collective is made up of five community-based organizations: SOMOS Mayfair, Amigos de Guadalupe, School of Art and Culture at MHP, Veggielution, and Grail Family Services. In this episode, SVCF's Director of Community-Building, Mauricio Palma, is joined by three executive directors from the collective: Cami…
 
Pursuing a higher education presents financial challenges for many students, and the COVID-19 pandemic adds another layer of obstacles. In this episode, we hear directly from Christabel Soria Mendoza, a SVCF scholarship recipient and Cal Poly student navigating these complexities. Interviewed by SVCF Scholarship Officer Dean Taylor, Christabel desc…
 
Longtime SVCF board member Wade W. Loo was recently appointed to 2021 board chair. In this episode, Wade joins SVCF President and CEO Nicole Taylor in a discussion about his journey in Silicon Valley, from his roots to how he became involved with SVCF. As an SVCF fundholder, Wade shares his philosophy around philanthropy and what causes are most im…
 
As we continue to confront the devastating pandemic within our communities and globally, we view domestic violence as a parallel pandemic. Also known as intimate partner violence, domestic abuse is often hidden and overlooked, despite being experienced by one in four women, as well as one in four men. This episode brings together three executive di…
 
Welcome to the seventh episode in our mini-series featuring conversations focused on Racial Equity and Social Justice with the members of SVCF’s Community Advisory Council. Listen to the previous episode in the mini-series here, and continue to subscribe to the podcast to hear future episodes. Program Director of Land Use and Housing at Urban Habit…
 
To wrap up 2020, SVCF Board Chair and President and CEO of the Computer History Museum joins SVCF President and CEO Nicole Taylor on Philanthropy Now podcast for a look back at a year unlike any other. Listen to hear from Nicole and Dan’l about key issues that were elevated this year: COVID-19, racial justice, wildfires and the pivotal election. Am…
 
Finding and applying for an SVCF scholarship that best suits your needs isn’t complicated. In this episode, SVCF scholarships officer Dean Taylor and scholarships associate Emiko Thompson walk listeners through an overview of SVCF’s scholarship programs. Listen to learn about the available opportunities and receive helpful tips on applying for scho…
 
The Amah Mutsun Land Trust (AMLT) is a grantee of SVCF’s San Mateo and Santa Clara County Wildfire Fund. AMLT President Valentin Lopez and AMLT Interim Executive Director Sara French join SVCF Philanthropy Now podcast to talk about their fire recovery efforts. In conversation with SVCF Family Engagement Manager Leticia Gonzalez, the episode takes l…
 
Welcome to the sixth episode in our SVCF Philanthropy Now podcast mini-series featuring conversations focused on Racial Equity and Social Justice with the members of SVCF’s Community Advisory Council. Listen to the previous episode in the mini-series here, and continue to subscribe to the podcast to hear future episodes. Katrina Logan, Directing At…
 
Executive Director of Sacred Heart Community Service Poncho Guevara joins SVCF’s Executive Vice President of Community Action, Policy and Strategy in a conversation about the importance of supporting BIPOC leaders in the nonprofit sector. SVCF grantee Sacred Heart Community Service is a key agency in local COVID-19 response and is a regional leader…
 
In this episode, join Manuel Santamaria and Leticia Gonzalez from SVCF's Community Action, Policy and Strategy team in a discussion about the findings from a recent survey conducted with grantees of SVCF’s COVID-19 Regional Nonprofit Emergency Fund. The survey results provide insights about how COVID-19 has impacted the nonprofit sector in the San …
 
Welcome to the fifth episode in our SVCF Philanthropy Now podcast mini-series featuring conversations focused on Racial Equity and Social Justice with the members of SVCF’s Community Advisory Council. Listen to the previous episode in the mini-series here, and continue to subscribe to the podcast to hear future episodes. Members of SVCF’s Community…
 
In this episode, Ani Rivera, co-chair of the Latino Kitchen Cabinet and Executive Director of Galería de la Raza, joins the podcast to talk about the intersection of community development, art and social practice and how a group of Latino leaders has been working together to address the broader social challenges that currently face the Latino commu…
 
With the 2020 general election already underway in California and more than half the states in the country, Kim Alexander, President and Founder of the California Voter Foundation, and Rob Chua of the Filipino Bayanihan Resource Center join the podcast to inform listeners about how the voting process differs this year in comparison to previous elec…
 
In this episode, Megan Lee, Senior Manager of Community Outreach with Southwest Airlines, joins Michael Lopez, former Director of Corporate Responsibility with SVCF, for a conversation about Southwest’s philanthropy. Megan, who manages Southwest’s charitable investment activities and community programs, explains how her company’s renowned culture i…
 
In this episode, OutRight Action International’s Executive Director Jessica Stern and Caribbean Program Officer Neish Clean, teach listeners about the work of their organization and the need to support the LGBTIQ community, especially in the midst of the global pandemic. Moderated by Robert Williams, SVCF Donor Engagement Associate and Pride Counci…
 
Welcome to the third episode in our SVCF Philanthropy Now podcast mini-series featuring conversations focused on Racial Equity and Social Justice with the members of SVCF’s Community Advisory Council. Listen to the last episode in the series here, and continue to subscribe to the podcast to hear future episodes. In this episode, Belinda Hernandez A…
 
Welcome to the final episode of our mini podcast series featuring members of the Alliance of Community Foundations of Silicon Valley. Learn from and enjoy previous episodes with members of the Alliance here. In this episode, Jim Ruane, former Mayor of San Bruno and current Vice President of San Bruno Community Foundation, and Pcyeta Stroud, Board P…
 
The COVID-19 pandemic has magnified existing inequities, taking an exceptionally hard toll on the most vulnerable communities experiencing housing instability, homelessness, and racial disparities. In this episode, Jennifer Loving, CEO of Destination: Home, Dontae Lartigue, CEO of Razing the Bar, board member of Destination: Home and board member o…
 
Welcome to the second episode in our SVCF Philanthropy Now podcast mini-series featuring conversations focused on Racial Equity and Social Justice with the members of SVCF’s Community Advisory Council. Listen to the last episode in the series here and continue to subscribe to the podcast to hear future episodes. Silicon Valley Community Foundation …
 
Welcome to episode seven of our eight-part mini podcast series with the Alliance of Community Foundations of Silicon Valley. Keep tuning in to learn from each member of the Alliance in episodes to come and in recent months. This episode features a conversation with Marsha BonDurant, Board President for Woodside Community Foundation (WCF), Liz Dress…
 
Welcome to Episode 6 of our 8-part mini podcast series with the Alliance of Community Foundations of Silicon Valley. Keep tuning in to learn from each member of the Alliance in episodes to come. In the sixth episode of this mini-series, Peggy Martin, Board Treasurer of Morgan Hill Community Foundation and President of Legacy Planning Across Generat…
 
SVCF has created the Silicon Valley Community Advisory Council that engages leaders of color to help us implement the strategies and policies to address the nation’s systemic disparities. Today, Mauricio Palma, Director of Strategic Partnerships and Initiatives at SVCF hosts Debra Watkins, Founder, President, and Executive Director of A Black Educa…
 
In this episode, you will learn about the best ways you can support the criminal justice reform movement. Program Officer for the Criminal Justice Reform Project at Open Philanthropy, Chloe Cockburn, joins the Director of Donor Engagement at SVCF, Joyce Song, to share insight on the criminal justice reform movement and how philanthropists can help.…
 
In this episode, you will learn about the work of Intero Foundation. Stephanie Hicks, President of Intero Foundation, speaks with Tyler Faust, Manager of Corporate Responsibility at Silicon Valley Community Foundation, in a conversation exploring Intero Foundation’s focus on local giving. The discussion delves into SVCF’s relationship with the foun…
 
In this episode, you will learn about the impact of COVID-19 on the economically, ethnically and geographically diverse school districts in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties. Director of Silicon Valley Community Foundation’s Center for Early Learning, Michelle Sioson Hyman, speaks with the county superintendents from these counties, Mary Ann Dewan…
 
Welcome to Episode 5 of our 8-part mini podcast series with the Alliance of Community Foundations of Silicon Valley. Keep tuning in to learn from each member of the Alliance in episodes to come. In the fifth episode of this mini-series, you will learn about Los Altos Community Foundation (LACF) from Adin Miller, Executive Director of LACF and Marsh…
 
Welcome to Episode 4 of our 8-part mini podcast series with the Alliance of Community Foundations of Silicon Valley. Keep tuning in to learn from each member of the Alliance in episodes to come. In the fourth episode of this mini-series, you will learn about the work of Palo Alto Community Fund (PACF), a community foundation serving East Palo Alto,…
 
Second Harvest of Silicon Valley’s mission is to ensure that anyone who needs a healthy meal can get one. In this episode, Erica Wood, SVCF’s Executive Vice President of Community Impact, interviews Leslie Bacho, Chief Executive Officer of Second Harvest of Silicon Valley. In light of the coronavirus pandemic, the two leaders analyze the changes in…
 
Welcome to Episode 3 of our 8-part mini podcast series with the Alliance of Community Foundations of Silicon Valley. Keep tuning in to learn from each member of the Alliance in episodes to come. In the third episode of this mini-series, you will learn about the work of Gilroy Foundation and its role in the Alliance. SVCF Director of Nonprofit Suppo…
 
Welcome to Episode 2 of our 8-part mini podcast series with the Alliance of Community Foundations of Silicon Valley. Keep tuning in to learn from each member of the Alliance in episodes to come. In our second episode of this mini-series, you will learn about Community Foundation of San Carlos, the newest local community foundation and newest member…
 
Welcome to Episode 1 of our 8-part mini podcast series with the Alliance of Silicon Valley Community Foundations. Keep tuning in to learn from each member of the Alliance in episodes to come. In the inaugural episode, you will learn about Community Foundation for San Benito County and its role in the Alliance. SVCF Director of Nonprofit Support Ser…
 
SV@Home a local, housing policy and advocacy nonprofit, convenes Affordable Housing Month - Silicon Valley annually, and this year they have pivoted in the face of COVID-19. With shelter-in-place now extended through May, this year's Affordable Housing Month - Silicon Valley has pivoted to virtual activities and engagement. The importance of a secu…
 
San Mateo County was quick to initiate efforts to protect the community in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. San Mateo County Supervisor Dave Pine is currently devoting most of his time to the COVID-19 crisis and is a member of the County’s COVID-19 ad hoc committee that helps guide the County’s response to the pandemic. This episode features a co…
 
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating economic impact on the nonprofit arts sector. After shelter in place orders took effect in March 2020, it was estimated that the field would have $3.2 billion in financial losses. Thousands of cultural events, art classes and community programs were canceled across the country. Because arts organizations …
 
Sam Liccardo is the mayor of the City of San Jose and is playing a lead role in COVID-19 relief and recovery efforts in both San Jose and the region. Since his appointment as mayor of San Jose in 2015, Liccardo has led the city through significant economic growth and is tackling the region’s most pressing issues, including but not limited to housin…
 
Supervisor Cindy Chavez is the president of the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors, representing more than a half million people in East, Central and South San Jose. When the coronavirus crisis first hit our region, Supervisor Chavez jumped right into action by negotiating testing sites, ramping up testing and getting numbers out to the public…
 
Mavericks Community Foundation is a critical partner working to support local nonprofits from Montara to Pescadero California. Since 2015, they have organized a community giving day, Coastside Gives, and have raised over 1.8 million dollars with this annual event. In the context of the COVID-19 public health crisis, they have adapted their operatio…
 
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