New year. New look. New digs.

We hope your 2016 is off to a stellar start! The new year begins with a great deal of “new” for SV2. We’re delighted to unveil SV2’s new logo; to begin using my.SV2, our new collaboration platform built to facilitate our work; to launch SV2 Teens with terrific new leadership; and to settle into our community's lovely new office and meeting space at the Sobrato Center for Nonprofits - Redwood Shores. We also kick off the popular International Grant Round next week, and continue to be actively on the lookout for early stage investment opportunities for our Impact Investment Round. Wishing you and yours a Happy New Year as we gear up for what promises to be an inspired year of creating social impact together.

— team sv2


Meet SV2's new look

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A team of SV2 Board members and staff initiated a project to refresh SV2’s logo and brand to ensure these important community-wide communication tools are emblematic of SV2's impact, community values, and the bold goals we set forth in our strategic plan. Meet SV2's new logo and messaging.

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my.SV2: flip the switch!

It’s official, Partners! We’re now ready to flip the switch to my.SV2, our community-wide collaboration platform. Provided you attended an onboarding session, there is little you need to do proactively during the transition. Rather, you’ll just start noticing a few changes to SV2 practices beginning on Friday, Jan. 8.

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SV2 Grant Rounds: Dive In!

diving girlWe introduced a staggered Grant Round schedule for the first time this year, and it seems to be working well. The Education Grant Round began in September, the International Grant Round will begin this month, and the Environment-focused Lightning Grant Round will take place in May. Starting at different times throughout the year allows a variety of Partners to participate, including Partners who have recently joined as well as Partners whose schedules have shifted over time. If you are interested in diving into one of the Grant Rounds but have not yet been able, now is the perfect time!

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Impact Investment Round Update

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The first phase of SV2’s pilot Impact Investment Round kicked off this fall. Dozens of Partners have learned from an impressive list of guest speakers and industry experts, including leaders from Arabella Advisors, the Schmidt Family Foundation, and Reach Capital. After narrowing the focus of the Round to early-stage education and environment companies, Partners broke into industry teams and completed “practice” due diligence on a handful of early-stage companies. You can still jump in and join us.

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SV2 Teens: ready for liftoff


Has your Teen joined SV2 Teens, a philanthropy education program open to all children of current SV2 Partners in seventh through twelfth grade? This year's program will run Jan. 31 - Mar. 20. You can find the brief application, meeting dates, and more details about the program and Leadership Team here. The application deadline has been extended to Jan. 15.


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SV2's new digs

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SV2 community members have enjoyed settling into our beautiful new space at the Sobrato Center for Nonprofits - Redwood Shores. You can find us in Suite 103 of the 350 building, just past the Shoreway Conference Room and down the hallway from the Rendezvous Cafe

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Welcome, New SV2 Partners!


 Denise Chilow headshot 4 Denise Chilow is the Director of Community for Legacy Venture, where she builds and manages a diverse community of philanthropists. She and her husband, Simon Bloch, have two adult children. Denise enjoys combining philanthropy with her travels.


Lisa OKelly headshot 3Lisa O’Kelly currently sits on the board of Global Citizen Year, a nonprofit that encourages high-school students to take a “bridge year” before college to engage in community service in a developing country. She also is a member of the Advisory Council of the Center for Universal Education at The Brookings Institution that aims to achieve universal quality education. She is a recovering Wall Streeter and is new to the Bay Area after 20 years in New York City.


RickTinsley headshot 2Rick Tinsley is a retired CEO/Founder of Silicon Valley tech companies. He is married with two teenage children living in Los Gatos. His passions and pastimes include football, poker, winemaking, gourmet cooking, angel investing, woodworking, reading, beekeeping, mountain biking, and tenure reform in K-12 education.



Education Grant Round Meeting

TUES. Jan. 12 | 11:15am - 1:30pm | SV2 - 350 Twin dolphin dr., suite 103

This meeting will feature the first of two Q&A sessions with applicant organizations. Lunch provided.

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New Partner Circle

THURS. jan. 14 | 10:15am - 11:15am | sv2 - 350 twin dolphin Dr., Suite 103

Prospective, new and more seasoned SV2 Partners come together for informal conversation about how SV2 works and ways to engage, learn and lead within the SV2 community.

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International Grant Round Kickoff Meeting & Springboard Session

THURS. jan. 14 | 11:15am - 1:30pm | SV2 - 350 TWIN DOLPHIN DR., SUITE 103

The International Grant Round Kickoff Meeting and Springboard Learning Session is open to all Partners and will feature Ruth Levine, Global Development and Population Program Director at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. Lunch provided.

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Impact Investment Round Meeting

TUES. jan. 19 | 6:30pm - 8:45pm | sv2 - 350 twin dolphin Dr., Suite 103

Participants will review the preliminary candidate list and potentially vote on investments. Light dinner provided.

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Education Grant Round Meeting

TUES. jan. 26 | 11:15am - 1:30pm | sv2 - 350 twin dolphin Dr., Suite 103

This Education Grant Round meeting features the second of two Q&A sessions with applicant organizations. Lunch provided.

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International Grant Round Meeting

THURS. feb. 11 | 11:15am - 1:30pm | sv2 - 350 twin dolphin Dr., Suite 103

Lunch provided.

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Impact Investing Deep Dive Workshop Alternative Structured Exits

MON. feb. 22 | 2:00pm - 5:00pm | sv2 - 350 twin dolphin Dr., Shoreway conf. room

Hosted by SV2 and presented by Investors' Circle, this case study-based workshop will provide participants with an opportunity to explore various alternative structured exit options for early stage impact investments. Open to SV2 Partners and Investors' Circle members. 2:00-4:00pm workshop, 4:00-5:00pm informal mixer.

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Impact Investment Round Meeting

THURS. feb. 25 | 6:30pm - 8:45pm | sv2 - 350 twin dolphin Dr., Suite 103

Partners will review due diligence, discuss different ways the value of an early stage company may be assessed, and potentially vote on investments. Light dinner provided.

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Curated Event

WED. JAN. 13 | YCore 2016 Launch Event (San Francisco)

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