Greetings SV2 Friends,

The SV2 community had a sizzling time engaging with our remarkable Grantees at SV2's recent Big Think-A-Thon, where we also honored Partner Kelly Pope as the 2016 Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen Social Impact Awardee. We also welcome our newest Lightning Grant Round Grantee into our community. Also new, our Partner-organized Early Childhood Education Community on my.SV2, offering additional opportunities for Partners to learn and convene around this important interest area. You can preview hot-off-the-press findings from SV2's recent All-Partner Survey and check out what your fellow SV2 community members are reading. Finally, please extend a warm farewell to beloved, long-time staff member Elizabeth Dodson, who is moving this month to the significantly hotter locale of Dallas, Texas.

— Team Sv2


Big Think-A-Thon Recap

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We came - we listened - we thought. Last month, SV2 headquarters burst with brainpower as we welcomed more than 110 participants to SV2’s first ever Big Think-A-Thon - a dynamic new format for this year’s all community Spring Gathering. Want to relive the evening? Enjoy these pictures and read more for a full recap.

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Honoring SV2 Leader: Kelly Pope

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The 2016 Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen Social Impact Award winner is the one and only Kelly Pope. We capped off The Big Think-A-Thon with a well-deserved champagne toast to Kelly, celebrating her invaluable contributions to SV2 and honoring her for her dedicated service as an SV2 Partner Leader, Board Member, and much, much more. Kelly’s brief acceptance remarks can be found here. Congratulations, Kelly, and enormous thanks for your humble, tireless leadership.

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SV2's Newest Grantee

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Partner participants in this year’s Lightning Grant Round, focused on Environment and Youth, selected SV2's newest Grantee: Literacy for Environmental Justice (LEJ). LEJ promotes ecological health, environmental stewardship, and community development in Southeast San Francisco by creating urban greening, eco-literacy, community stewardship and workforce development opportunities that directly engage and support local residents in securing a healthier future.

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All-Partner Survey Says...

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We’ve completed our 2016 All-Partner Survey designed to assess SV2’s impact on Partners and provide our Partners with the opportunity to share their ideas for how we can collectively deepen our impact, improve our programming, and strengthen our vibrant community. The timely and constructive feedback has already informed staff and Board planning for the upcoming year. Thank you to all the Partners who took time to respond, and keep reading to see the highlights from this year's survey.

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Interested in Early Childhood Education?

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Calling all Partners interested in learning more about early childhood education (ECE)! We are launching a new Partner-organized ECE Community on my.SV2. This group will provide a setting for Partners who are especially interested in learning more about the ECE landscape in the Bay Area, California, and nationally. Like other "Communities" on my.SV2, there will be an email list, discussion board, and calendar area for posting events of interest. Read more to learn how to sign up.

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What SV2's Reading


Pay-What-It-Takes Philanthropy (Stanford Social Innovation Review) This article describes a compelling framework for a successful grantmaking approach - one that provides enough funding for nonprofits to pay for the full cost of nonprofits' programming.

Tackling Heropreneurship (Stanford Social Innovation Review) Daniela Papi-Thornton unpacks the term “heropreneur,” and wonders aloud what kind of change might occur if we encouraged would-be social entrepreneurs to first “apprentice with” the challenges and issues about which they care deeply.

Inequality and Economic Security in Silicon Valley (California Budget & Policy Center) An in-depth look at the dimensions of income inequality in Silicon Valley and trends over time. This report addresses why income inequality should matter to everyone in Silicon Valley.


Farewell to Elizabeth Dodson

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Elizabeth Dodson, SV2's Director of Social Impact, is relocating to Dallas, Texas, with her family at the end of June after nearly three years of service to SV2 as a member of the staff team. While Partners, Grantees, Board members, and staff alike are sad to see Elizabeth go, we are grateful to have had her as a colleague and for her many significant contributions to SV2’s impact and work.

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Renewing Partners: Thanks to these Partners for their continued support to enable SV2's educational programming and grantmaking in the year ahead.

Julie Aleman Judy Koch    
Jody & Curtis Chang Nancy & Thomas Lue    
Ranae DeSantis Worthy McCartney    
Lucy Caldwell Donovan Liz & Jack Weingart    
Celeste & Kevin Ford      
Susan & Don Hanson      

Upcoming Events

tues. JUNE 14 | 11:00aM - 2:00PM

SV2 Board Meeting 


Grantee Events

JUNE 24 | Food Shift's Alameda Kitchen Launch Party & Benefit (Alameda)

JULY 26 | The Big Lift Quarterly Peninsula Partnership Leadership Council (PPLC) Meeting (Foster City)

Curated Events

JUNE 16 | YCore Demo Day (San Francisco)

AUG 5-7 | 
Effective Altruism Global Conference (UC Berkeley)

SEPT 13-14 | SSIR Nonprofit Management Institute (Stanford)

OCT 9-11 | Silicon Valley Community Foundation Innovation Conference (San Francisco)

OCT 26-28 | 
Grantmakers for Education National Conference (Denver, CO)

NOV 15-16 | Education Pioneers National Conference (San Francisco)

  View all Upcoming Events  

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