Greetings SV2 Friends

Can you hear summertime knocking? Before it arrives, let’s enjoy all that May has to offer, including The Big Think-A-Thon, SV2’s all-community Spring Gathering on May 10. Also ahead as the days get longer, the SV2 Partner survey and our inaugural Grantee portfolio evaluation and learning session on June 7. Thanks to the inspired leadership of Partners across the SV2 network, we’ve a great deal to celebrate, including making SV2’s first three impact investments and doubling down on SV2’s field leadership by both Partners and staff.

— Team sv2


Welcome, SV2's three new Impact Investees

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Partners recently embarked on SV2's first ever Impact Investment Round, a pilot program that continued SV2's learning about impact investing. Partners had a pool of $100k to allocate to up to four impact companies, and focused on the fields of education and the environment. To date, Partners have identified, and the SV2 Board has approved, investments in three socially innovative early-stage companies: LearningGenie, Nepris & PastureMap.

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Partners, we need your input!

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Why spend 15 minutes filling out this year’s All-Partner survey? This is an important opportunity for Partners to share their ideas for how we can deepen our impact, improve our programming, and strengthen our community. Click here to get started.

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How are our grants doing?

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Join us to learn more about the progress of SV2’s current Grantees, as well as reflect on the factors for challenge and success in our Beyond-the-Dollars relationships with Grantees. This year, the Grant and Impact Investment Review Committee’s annual Portfolio Review meeting on June 7 will be open to all interested Partners to further our community learning about grantmaking and evaluation.

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Recap: SVP Leadership Retreat


Last week, several SV2 community members joined the broader Social Venture Partners network in Scottsdale, AZ for the SVP Spring Leadership Retreat. During this year's Retreat, focused on equity and social justice, we examined how our own biases related to race, gender, and class can affect how we engage with others in the world and potentially reinforce deep systemic inequities in our communities. 

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SV2 in the field


Congratulations to long-time Partner Judy Koch who received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Avenidas!

After returning from a recent speaking engagement in China, SV2’s Executive Director, Jen Ratay, was interviewed for a Philanthropy Hour podcast. Listen to Jen's interview here.

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Welcome, New SV2 Partners

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Allison Littlefield was born and raised in Portola Valley/Woodside. In late 2014, she broke off from her family foundation to start her own private foundation. She is very active and enjoys spending time with her two huge dogs.

Chrissy Coolidge      

As a product-focused business leader, Chrissy Coolidge has developed her talent in the established advertising industry of New York and the emerging AdTech industry of the Silicon Valley. After building a career helping top tier companies like Intel, Microsoft, Amazon and Sony implement new strategies and workflow, she is striking out on a new path to help small and medium sized businesses adopt and scale growth-oriented solutions.


Upcoming Events

tues. may 10 | 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Spring Gathering: The Big Think-A-Thon 

Thinking meets doing as we tackle real-world challenges at The Big Think-A-Thon. In rapid-fire, 90-second presentations, eight SV2 Grantees will share a specific challenge that they are facing. Then, we’ll harness the collective knowledge and talent in the room as Partners join in group conversations with Grantees, brainstorming actionable solutions to their challenges. This event will stretch your creative and problem-solving muscles. Grantees will walk away with creative ideas and everyone will leave with new connections and renewed energy for making an impact. 


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tues. may 17 | 6:30pm - 9:00pm

Lightning Grant Round Meeting 

Second of two meetings for this fast-paced grantmaking experience focused on environmental learning and stewardship for local youth. Please note that the Lightning Grant Round requires advance pre-work and attendance at both meetings (May 3 and May 17).


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thurs. may 19 | 11:15am - 1:30pm

International Grant Round Meeting - CANCELLED

The May 19 meeting was planned as a report-out on site visits. However, Partners chose at the April meeting to move forward with just two finalist organizations, so we will not be conducting site visits. Join us instead for finalist presentations on June 2nd.


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thurs. June 2 | 11:15am - 1:30pm

International Grant Round Meeting

Partners will hear presentations from the two finalist organizations, Accountability Counsel and Global Press Institute. Lunch provided.


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sun. june 5 | 10:00am - 12:00pm

SV2 Kids: Backpacks & Bagels 

Come celebrate the end of the school year by bringing school supplies/backpacks for local kids who need fully stocked backpacks for the coming school year. When you sign up, we’ll share a list of what to bring and SV2 Kids will fill up the backpacks and enjoy bagels along with each other's company.

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tues. june 7 | 9:00am - 12:30pm

Annual Portfolio Review Meeting 

This meeting will include short presentations from all Lead Partners of current SV2 Grantees, followed by a group discussion to gain insight into SV2’s overall grant portfolio. Partners who participate will review Grantee and Lead Partner Reports in advance of the meeting. If you would like to participate or have any questions, please email Jody Chang at


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thurs. June 9 | 11:15am - 1:30pm

International Grant Round Meeting 

Partners will select the 2015-2016 International Grantee. Lunch provided.


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Grantee Event

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

Curated Events

MAY 11 | Cocktails for a Cause, presented by Spark (San Francisco)

MAY 14 | "The Science and Practice of Strengthening Compassion" Seminar (Stanford)

MAY 17 | Sobrato Speaker Series "Growing Our Impact: How do we nurture and develop great talent in our nonprofits?" (Redwood Shores)

MAY 25 | Northern California Grantmakers' Conference: The Power of Now (Mountain View)

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

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