Greetings SV2 Friends,

Gratitude abounds throughout SV2 in this month of giving thanks. We’re deeply thankful for the incredible SV2 community of givers and changemakers. The work of our remarkable Grantees, including Literacy for Environmental Justice featured below, especially humbles us. We’re honored to have partnered in a landmark new report on Silicon Valley philanthropy and nonprofits, and we invite you to join us on Friday, Nov. 4 for deeper dialogue on key themes of this new research. Soon thereafter, we will come together as a community to celebrate a year of learning and social impact on Dec. 6 at SV2's Holiday Party. Wishing you and yours a season filled with gratitude and giving.



Unlocking the Silicon Valley Giving Code


Over the last nine months, SV2 has partnered in a landmark report on Silicon Valley nonprofits and philanthropy, which was just recently published.  The Giving Code, authored by SV2 Partners Alexa Cortes Culwell and Heather McLeod Grant of Open Impact, highlights the gap between Silicon Valley nonprofit needs and local funding realities. Download the full report here, and join us on Nov. 4 for a special workshop led by Alexa and Heather on how SV2 can be an even more meaningful part of the solution.

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Spotlight on LEJ

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Literacy for Environmental Justice (LEJ), winner of the Spring 2016 Lightning Grant Round, promotes ecological health, environmental stewardship, and community development in Southeast San Francisco by creating community stewardship and workforce development opportunities. To learn more about LEJ’s work and impressive accomplishments to date, consider joining other SV2 Partners and their families at LEJ’s Hands-on-the-Land Day on Sat. 11/12 (RSVP here) and check out this short video of LEJ’s presentation at SV2’s Fall Gathering.

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Redefining Power and Privilege in the Social Sector


Trust-based relationships. Grantee-centric philanthropy. True partnership. How do funders and nonprofit leaders together improve the efficiency, respectfulness, and outcomes of our sector? In this highly interactive session on Fri., Dec 2, we will share tools for social sector leaders to create peer-based interactions that leave us all with more well-spent time and resources. Sign up today - space is limited!

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Holiday Party


Come celebrate the holidays with the SV2 community! We’ll gather on Tuesday, December 6 at an SV2 Partner’s home to catch up with old friends and make new ones. RSVP here. We hope to see you at this always festive event!


In case you missed it...


We’ve had a number of cutting-edge learning sessions and engaging community gatherings lately. If you weren’t able to join us, you might be interested in checking out these audio and video resources below:

  • Affordable Housing Learning Session: Home for All San Mateo County, presenters (audio)
  • Impact Investing Learning Session: Roadmap to Responsible Investing: Competitive Returns in Public Markets? (video)
  • Fall Gathering: The Power of Voice - video of full program and Facebook photo album
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Welcome, New Partners!

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Keith Calix's experience working on policy reform and advocacy at the Annie E. Casey Foundation and as an educator in Washington, D.C. has led him to his current role at the Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen Foundation. His experience as a first-generation high school and college graduate informs his commitment to exploring ways that equity-driven reform models can democratize access to this opportunity. Keith is an avid soccer and hockey fan, enjoys movie nights with friends and family, and cherishes his time mentoring former students.

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Alan Feinberg spent a successful 20 year career in sales, marketing, business development and general management at early-stage software companies and then worked as an interim executive, advisory board member, and consultant to emerging growth technology ventures. For the past three years, he has served as Board Chair at Teen Force, an innovative social enterprise helping youth to acquire the skills, habits, and work experience to fulfill their potential. Alan and his wife Joan Weber, a retired educator, live in Los Gatos, CA. 

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Charlotte Lewis Jones is an attorney and legal athlete, with a focus on strategic, corporate, IP, and regulatory matters. Charlotte was raised in Houston, Texas, educated on the East Coast, where she met her husband Brandon, and is now excited to call the West Coast home. In her free time, she listens to audio books, organizes networking dinners, and seeks new adventures.  

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Toni von dem Hagen is very involved in philanthropy and charitable organizations and is in the fourth year of a five-year Masters of Liberal Arts program at Stanford. She has three children who are almost out of university and contemplating their next moves. She describes herself as an insatiable curiosit-ist, a serial adventurer, and a decent cook. 


Upcoming Events

FRI. NOV. 4 | 10:30AM - 11:30AM

New Partner Circle

Prospective and new SV2 Partners will join together for informal conversation with some more seasoned Partners. Learn more about how SV2 works, ways to engage, learn and lead within the SV2 community, and share what you are hoping for from your SV2 experience. This informal gathering will take place immediately prior to the Springboard Learning Session on the Giving Code, which we also invite you to attend.

SV2 - 350 Twin dolphin Dr., Suite 103

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FRI. NOV. 4 | 11:30AM - 1:30PM

Springboard Learning Session: The Giving Code: The State of Silicon Valley Nonprofits & Philanthropy

Join SV2 Partners Alexa Cortes Culwell and Heather McLeod Grant as they share the findings from their just-released report, “The Giving Code: The State of Silicon Valley Nonprofits and Philanthropy." Providing a holistic portrait of the region’s nonprofit and philanthropy ecosystems, Heather and Alexa will outline some of the disconnects, then facilitate a discussion about potential solutions and leadership roles for SV2 and its Partners to play. 11:30am lunch, 12:00pm learning session begins.


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THURS. NOV. 17 | 11:30AM - 1:30PM

Education Learning Year: Schools that Beat the Odds

Please join us for the third of the monthly learning sessions that will make up our Education Learning Year. The topic for November is Schools that Beat the Odds. We'll learn from a panel of school leaders whose innovative schools are seeing results in their students' achievement. The panel will be moderated by Sarah Tucker, Senior Manager of Leadership Development at Innovate Public Schools.


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FRI. DEC. 2 | 11:30AM - 1:30PM

Springboard Learning Session: Redefining Privilege & Power in the Social Sector

Trust-based relationships. Grantee-centric philanthropy. True partnership. How do funders and nonprofit leaders together improve the efficiency, respectfulness, and outcomes of our sector? Walk away with actions you can implement on Monday morning! Presenters: Jessamyn Shams-Lau, Executive Director of the Peery Foundation & Jane Leu, CEO/Founder of Smarter Good. Space limited!


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TUES. DEc. 6 | 6:00PM - 8:30PM

SV2 Holiday Party

Come celebrate the holidays with the SV2 community at our annual holiday party! Partners, Grantees, and prospective Partners are invited to come together with both old friends and new.  We'll gather at an SV2 Partner's home in Menlo Park. The address will be provided when you RSVP. We hope to see you there!


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THURS. FEb. 16, 2017 | 6:00PM - 9:00PM

Building High-Impact Nonprofit Boards 

Join SV2, Harvard Community Partners, and the Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation for a learning-packed session on driving high-impact social change through building effective nonprofit boards. This program will feature Harvard Business School Professor Kash Rangan, as well as a choice of breakout panels moderated by SV2, HBS, and DRK experts that will help you increase your impact in addressing realistic board scenarios. This event is designed for those interested in joining nonprofit boards, current nonprofit board members wanting to be more effective, and those interested in networking with like-minded peers to foster connections and community leadership opportunities.  

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FRI. Mar. 3, 2017 | 11:30AM - 1:30PM

Springboard Learning Session - Family Philanthropy: Opportunities, Insights, and Obstacles

Join us for a look at family philanthropy, including different models and structures, challenges, successes and lessons learned. Partners at all points on their family philanthropy journey are welcome to bring their questions and perspectives. We look forward to diving into these topics together in a peer learning setting. 11:30am lunch, 12:00pm program begins.


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Grantee Events

NOV. 12 | Literacy for Environmental Justice "Hands on the Land" Family Service Day (San Francisco)

NOV. 17 | SVUDL Debate Judge Training (SV2 - after Education Learning Session)

Curated Events

NOV. 3 | Achievement Gap Summit - San Mateo County Office of Education (Redwood City)

NOV. 10 | Impact Investing Workshop - Palo Alto Impact Center (Menlo Park)

NOV. 16 | Storytelling for Nonprofits - Harvard Business School Community Partners (San Francisco)

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