Greetings SV2 Friends,

The holidays are a time for giving and gathering - whether in person or in spirit - with the communities that are special to us. We loved gathering with many of you in this special community at SV2's festive holiday party this week. If you couldn't join us in person, we're also hosting a virtual housewarming in SV2's new online home - our new website is here! We're deeply grateful to celebrate the work of Global Press Institute, one of SV2's newest Grantees - learn more about them in this month's Grantee Spotlight below.  And if your holiday season is already full, there are plenty of ways for you and your family to engage in the new year, including our Economic Opportunity & Employment Grant Round, the SV2 Teens grantmaking program, and much, much more. Wishing you and yours a holiday season filled with peace, joy, and giving.

— TEAM SV2

 
 

It's here: SV2's new website!

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Over the past several months, a team of SV2 Board members, and staff embarked on a project to build a new mobile-responsive website that is vibrant, welcoming, easy to navigate, and informative. This also marks the final phase of the branding project that we initiated last year. The larger project was focused on creating a new logo, brand, and website to ensure that the communications tools that we use are emblematic of SV2’s impact, community values, personality, and the bold goals we set forth in our strategic plan. Today, we are thrilled to introduce you to SV2’s new website! Huge thanks to Partners Lyn Christenson and Alison Elliott for their hard work on this project.

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New Economic Opportunity Grant Round Kicks Off

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We're excited to kick off the much-anticipated Economic Opportunity & Employment Grant Round on January 12. Elena Chávez Quezada, Senior Program Officer for Economic Security at the Walter & Elise Haas Fund, will share an overview of this sector and perspective on possible areas of focus for the Round. At the conclusion of this meeting, Partners will vote to select a sub-topic focus for the Round. The Economic Opportunity & Employment Grant Round will be led by Partners Paru Yusuf and Shalyn Eason, and will meet every two to four weeks on Thursdays from 11:30am-1:30pm, January through May 2017.

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Spotlight on Global Press Institute

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Global Press Institute, one of SV2’s 2016-19 Grantees, trains and employs women in developing media markets to produce high-quality local news coverage that elevates local and global awareness, ignites social change, and addresses the decline in quality of international journalism. Hear from GPI’s Executive Director Cristi Hegranes, who spoke at SV2’s Fall Gathering, in this video to learn more about GPI’s work and why we are so inspired by Cristi and her talented team. 

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Family Philanthropy Affinity Group

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Are you actively engaged in thinking about your financial giving as a family (however you define family) and want to share, problem solve, and learn with others? A new Partner-led Family Philanthropy Affinity Group will provide a safe space to explore personal experiences, successes, and challenges in an ongoing, intimate setting. Whether your giving vehicle is a family foundation, a donor advised fund, family office, or some other structure, join us! The first meeting will be Wednesday, January 11 from 10:30am - 12:00pm.

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Learn with Us!

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SV2 is learning... about learning! With Partners Alison Elliott and Jon Goulden at the helm, SV2 has embarked on an Education Learning Year, a series of learning sessions about our local education landscape. Check out recordings of our first three sessions - What’s Behind the Achievement Gap on Sep. 15 (audio); How the System Works: Politics and $$ on Oct. 18 (video); and Schools that Beat the Odds on Nov. 17 (video). 

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What SV2's reading and watching

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  • SV2 Springboard Session Video -- The Giving Code: The State of Silicon Valley Nonprofits & Philanthropy. SV2 Partners Alexa Culwell and Heather McLeod Grant led a special session for SV2 addressing their new report on our region’s nonprofit and philanthropy ecosystems and how SV2 can play an important leadership role in bridging disconnects between the two. 
  • Passionate about Potential (Huffington Post). Check out SV2 Grantee Village Enterprise featured in this HuffPost article about how, amidst the overwhelming need and opportunity in Sub-Saharan Africa, Village Enterprise has been laser-focused on lifting families out of extreme poverty using fundamental financial inclusion interventions.
  • Three Things Every Growing Nonprofit Needs to Scale (Stanford Social Innovation Review). Kathleen Kelly Janus summarizes her research findings on early-stage social entrepreneurship success stories, research that included data from former SV2 Grantees.
 
 

Recently Renewing Partners: Thanks to these Partners for their continued support to enable SV2's high-impact grantmaking and learning programs in the year ahead.

Dan Barritt Caitlin Heising    
Bill Brownell & Kimberly Pesavento Lisa & Marc Jones    
Julie Cates Kwok Lau & Jon Goulden    
Denise Chilow Ellen Lussier    
Lyn & Larry Christenson Nancy & Bruce Mosbacher    
Shalyn & Randall Eason Lisa & Ciaran O'Kelly    
Alison Elliott & Steve Blank Judy & Denis Severson    
Bob & Martha Falkenberg Sayuri & Craig Sharper    
Lisa Guerra & Charles Kung Kelli & Steffan Tomlinson
The HAND Foundation DeAnn & Paul Work    
 
 

Upcoming Events

WED. DEC 14 | 11:30AM - 1:30PM

Impact Investing Working Group

The SV2 Impact Investing Working Group is comprised of Partners who are committed to attending meetings and actively participating in due diligence. All Partners are welcome to audit meetings. 

SV2 - 350 TWIN DOLPHIN DR., SUITE 103

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WED. jan 4 | 11:30AM - 1:30PM

Affordable Housing Learning Session

Come hear from sector expert Linda Mandolini, President of Eden Housing, as she orients us to the challenges and opportunities in the Housing sector. This session is designed to give context to our upcoming Winter Lightning Grant Round in Housing, and all Partners are welcome (whether or not you plan to participate in the Lightning Grant Round).

SV2 - 350 TWIN DOLPHIN DR., SUITE 103

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wed. jan 11 | 10:30am - 12:00pm

Family Philanthropy Affinity Group

A new Partner-led group will provide a safe space to explore personal experiences, successes, and challenges in an ongoing, intimate setting. Whether your giving vehicle is a family foundation, a donor advised fund, family office, or some other structure, join us!

SV2 - 350 TWIN DOLPHIN DR., SUITE 103

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wed. jan 11 | 11:30AM - 1:30PM

Impact Investing Working Group

The SV2 Impact Investing Working Group is comprised of Partners who are committed to attending meetings and actively participating in due diligence. All Partners are welcome to audit meetings. 

SV2 - 350 TWIN DOLPHIN DR., SUITE 103

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THURS. JAN 12 | 11:30AM - 1:30PM

Economic Opportunity & Employment Grant Round Kickoff

Elena Chávez Quezada, Senior Program Officer for Economic Security at the Walter & Elise Haas Fund, will share an overview of this sector and perspective on possible areas of focus for the Round. At the conclusion of the meeting, Partners will vote to select a sub-topic focus for the Round. Please note: The RSVP button below is for the Kickoff Meeting specifically. If you would like to participate in the Economic Opportunity & Employment Grant Round or would like to receive updates on the Round, please email Jody so that we can subscribe you to the my.SV2 community.

SV2 - 350 TWIN DOLPHIN DR., SUITE 103

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THURS. JAN. 26 & TUES. FEB. 7 | 11:30AM - 2:00PM

Winter Lightning Grant Round Meetings: Affordable Housing

Join us for this fast-paced grantmaking experience focused on affordable housing. This Round will be a repeat of the November Lightning Grant Round, with a new group of Partners but the same group of applicant organizations (excepting the November Grantee).

Please note that the Lightning Grant Round requires advance pre-work beginning in early January, and attendance at both meetings. Deadline to RSVP is Jan. 9.

SV2 - 350 TWIN DOLPHIN DR., SUITE 103

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THURS. FEB. 16 | 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 Prof. Kash Rangan, as well as a choice of breakout panels moderated by SV2, HBS, and DRK experts that will help you increase your impact by addressing realistic board scenarios. This event is designed for those interested in joining nonprofit boards, current board members wanting to be more effective, and those interested in networking with like-minded peers to foster connections and community leadership opportunities. 

SOBRATO CENTER FOR NONPROFITS - 350 TWIN DOLPHIN DR., SHOREWAY CONF. ROOM

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FRi. Mar. 3 | 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 forwad to diving into these topics together in a peer learning setting. 11:30am lunch, 12:00pm program begins.

SV2 - 350 TWIN DOLPHIN DR., SUITE 103

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Partner-Organized Events

12/8 | Post Election Debrief


Grantee Events

12/8, 1/10 & 1/24 | The Big Lift: Info Session on Becoming a Literacy Tutor

 
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