The mission of the foundation is to strengthen the common good, improve quality of life and address the most challenging problems of the community. The foundation's endowment grantmaking strategies are focused on five key areas: Economic Security, Education, Immigrant Integration, Regional Planning, and Community Opportunity Fund.
Established in 2007 in CA - The foundation was created in 2006 through the landmark merger of Peninsula Community Foundation and Community Foundation Silicon Valley, and launched in January 2007
The grantmaker is a signatory to Philanthropy’s Promise, an initiative of the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP). By signing on, the grantmaker has committed to allocating the majority of its grantmaking dollars to marginalized communities and at least 25 percent to social justice strategies, such as advocacy, community organizing, and civic engagement
Community Opportunity Fund
The Community Opportunity Fund addresses time-sensitive community issues and seeds innovative ideas that have the potential to spark widespread change. It focuses on issues and efforts important to the community and aligned with the community foundation's mission and values. Grant support includes: 1) General operating support to high-performing organizations with a primary mission of providing food or shelter services to the community; 2) Program specific or capacity support to multi-service organizations that have a food and/or shelter program, as well as to organizations with a primary mission of providing food or shelter services; and 3) targeted support to programs that serve hard to reach populations.
Helping low-income families achieve economic security. Sub-strategies include: 1) Combining Financial Education with Asset Building - targets increasing the availability of sound financial education and savings programs to help low and moderate income people build financial assets for long-term economic well-being; and 2) Anti-Payday Lending Policy Advocacy - targets the promotion of policy advocacy and educational activities to curb predatory payday lending.
The focus of this strategy is to close the middle school achievement gap in mathematics that separates low-income students and students of color from others in preparing for college and future success. The education strategy has a two-pronged approach. Supporting in-school strategies which seek to increase the effectiveness of instruction during school hours and out-of-school strategies, which seek to increase the number and effectiveness of extended learning opportunities
Promoting mutual benefits for immigrants and their receiving communities’ that allow newcomers enhanced civic participation and improved economic mobility. Sub-strategies include: 1) Strengthening the Legal Services Infrastructure - targets the need for affordable and reliable immigration legal services provided by nonprofit community organizations; and 3) Adult English Language Acquisition - targets the growing demand for high-quality English as a Second Language and Vocational English as a Second Language, or ESL and VESL instruction
The Regional Planning strategy targets the promotion of equitable smart-growth principles in land use and transportation planning processes and their implementation. Grants will support: 1) technical assistance - including research, consulting, mediation, facilitation, legal counseling and other professional assistance; 2) community outreach and convening - capacity and tools needed to engage residents of color, recent immigrants and low-income residents in planning decisions; 3) education - of community-based organization staff and/or of community members, on how the local planning process works, with an emphasis on effective intervention points and methods; 4) advocacy - education of public officials and other decision makers of the benefits of equitable smart-growth and transit-oriented development; and 5) communications training - including how to work with the media.
The foundation administers a variety of scholarship programs to high school, community college and university students. The majority are designated for current or former residents of San Mateo and Santa Clara counties. All scholarships have been established by generous local individuals, corporations or organizations to assist students with their educational pursuits. Each scholarship has its own unique set of eligibility requirements, such as financial need and minimum cumulative GPA as well as awards for specific areas of study. Scholarship amounts vary between $500 and $15,000. See web site for additional information. The SVCF is committed to nurturing students on their path to higher education and careers
Average Scholarship: $500 - $15,000
What Scholarship Covers: Varies
Degree Program: Varies
Geographic Scope of Student: Varies by scholarship (more opportunities for students of the San Mateo and Santa Clara counties)
Host Countries: Varies by scholarship
Population Served: Varies by scholarship
Program Model: Region-based
Additional Resources: 1) https://www.siliconvalleycf.org/sites/default/files/scholarships/SVCF-Scholarships-Brochure-2018.pdf
Grants to Individuals Program
Scholarships to high school, community college and university students who are current or former residents of San Mateo and Santa Clara counties, CA.
COVID-19 Coronavirus Regional Response Fund
Funds from SVCF’s COVID-19 Coronavirus Regional Response Fund will support lead organizations representing each of the ten Bay Area counties (Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano and Sonoma) and their immediate efforts in addressing coronavirus (COVID-19) related challenges in their respective counties. Funds may also be used to support national response efforts managed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Foundation.
Regional Nonprofit Emergency Fund
Hosted by Silicon Valley Community Foundation, this fund was created in partnership with multiple local community foundations to address the needs of nonprofits throughout the region due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Silicon Valley Strong
In response to the coronavirus crisis, the Silicon Valley Community Foundation and the City of San Jose created this fund to address the needs of: (1) residents at highest risk of displacement due to illness, caregiving, loss of work hours, and loss of income; (2) businesses at risk of closure, with a focus on small businesses and microbusiness; and (3) community organizations, especially arts organizations.
Small Business Relief Fund
Hosted by Silicon Valley Community Foundation, the Small Business Relief Fund will provide immediate support to struggling self-employed and small business owners. SVCF will partner with Opportunity Fund, California’s largest nonprofit microlender, to ensure critical capital remains available to these entities throughout the coronavirus crisis. Support wil lbe provided in the form of technical assistance as well as loan and grant funding.
COVID-19 Education Partnership
Silicon Valley Community Foundation (“SVCF”) has announced the launch of the COVID-19 Education Partnership, an initiative in collaboration with the San Mateo County Office of Education and the Santa Clara County Office of Education to support the needs of local education systems through the current crisis. At this time, funding is only available to San Mateo and Santa Clara counties. School districts seeking funding in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties can apply at their respective county office of education website:
San Mateo County Office of Education: https://www.smcoe.org/other/covid-19-response-and-resources/silicon-valley-community-foundation.html; Santa Clara County Office of Education: https://www.sccoe.org/covid-19/Pages/SV-Grant.aspx.