Greetings SV2 Friends,

Summer at SV2 is the perfect time to look back and plan for the year ahead. As we reflect on the past program year, we are truly inspired by our two newest Grantees - Global Press Institute and Silicon Valley Urban Debate League, introduced below. We are humbled by our community of givers - including several new Partners and five extraordinary SV2 leaders joining our Board. And we are motivated to continue to ignite change in the program year ahead - alongside all of you who make up this one-of-a-kind SV2 family. Happy summertime!

— Team SV2


What’s cooking at SV2 this summer?


It’s hard to believe that it’s already July and summer is in full swing! For those who are new to our community, you may notice that SV2 settles into a quiet rhythm during the summer. There is not a lot of programming planned because we have found that Partners relish the opportunity to spend more time with their families or travel during the summer. However, there is a lot going on behind the scenes.

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SV2’s International Grant Round winner, Global Press Institute


Let's welcome the winner of this year’s International Grant Round and newest addition to the SV2 family: Global Press Institute (GPI). GPI’s mission is to train and employ women in developing media markets to produce high-quality local news coverage that elevates local and global awareness and sparks social change.

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SV2’s Education Grant Round winner, SVUDL

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Partners selected Silicon Valley Urban Debate League (SVUDL, pronounced “SVOODLE”) in the 2016 Education Grant Round, this year focused on Out of School Time Learning. SVUDL brings debate to youth in low-income communities to train them to use their voices as a path to develop strong leadership skills.

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Welcome new Board members

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We are thrilled to welcome five extraordinary leaders onto SV2’s Board of Directors - Dan Barritt, Aarti Chandna, Lisa Jones, Rick Tinsley and Paru Yusuf. These five leaders bring fresh perspectives, deep experience across sectors, and a passionate commitment to SV2’s mission and vision.

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Philanthropy strategy workshop with Paul Brest

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Back in April, SV2 partnered with the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society’s Effective Philanthropy Lab to put on a two-day workshop on The Essentials of Strategies for Problem Solving Philanthropy. Based on the positive feedback, we are offering a shorter version at Stanford on Wednesday, August 10th. If you missed this workshop in April, consider participating this time (RSVP here).

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SV2 Impact Investee named Echoing Green Fellow

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Congratulations Christine Su, founder and CEO of PastureMap, on becoming a 2016 Echoing Green Fellow! Echoing Green’s mission is to support emerging leaders who seek to positively impact the world by providing them with the funds and support needed to augment the impact of their work. Christine was selected as one of the 33 Echoing Green Fellows in 2016.

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We're hiring!

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In light of Elizabeth Dodson’s recent relocation to Dallas, Texas, SV2 is hiring a Social Impact Officer (part-time) to work alongside Partners and lead SV2’s Beyond-the-Dollars capacity building support for Grantees, SV2’s impact investing initiative, and other special projects. Check out the full job description here, and please share it with your networks!


What SV2's Reading


The Most Overlooked Leadership Skill (Harvard Business Review) Useful for each of us in just about every area of our lives, this article reframes receiving constructive feedback gracefully as an important, valuable leadership skill.

Nonprofit Work After Retirement? Maybe You Can Make it Pay (New York Times) This article profiles several professionals who launched encore careers in nonprofit work and shares information about the avenues that they explored to make this transition.

This American Life: House Rules (Chicago Public Media) Where you live is important because it can dictate quality of schools and hospitals, cancer rates, unemployment, or whether the city repairs roads in your neighborhood. Check out this episode about destiny by address.


Welcome, New SV2 Partners

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Jim Basile has been a litigation partner at the law firm of Kirkland & Ellis for over twenty years and was a founding partner of the firm's San Francisco office. He is very interested in travel, history, literature, jazz music, and wine.

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Jere Brooks King is a former high technology executive who held a variety of sales and marketing positions over the past 35 years at companies including IBM, Autodesk, and Cisco Systems. She is married with twin sons. Jere recently completed a fellowship in the Stanford DCI Program and enjoys running, cycling, hiking, photography, and writing.

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Craig Chatterton spent most of his career managing software development for HP and a Bay Area start up, ten years of which he spent in Bangalore, India. He and his wife, Nancy, live in the Santa Cruz area with their two dogs and two cats. When not immersed in his love/hate relationship with wireless networks, he enjoys listening to podcasts, playing the piano, singing, and preparing taxes for seniors and low-income residents.

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Geeta Kumar and Satish Krishnamurthy are passionate about the environment, animal rights, and education. Geeta has extensive experience in international development and has worked for both aid agencies, such as the World Bank, and social enterprises. Satish’s experience includes leading online advertising and personalization for companies such as Netflix and Yahoo. His most recent startup Deep Forest focused on mobile advertising was acquired by Rakuten. Geeta and Satish love to spend time outdoors with their six year old son, Saarung.

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Sue Penchina has had a lifetime passion for making a difference-- as a consultant and marketing executive in the non-profit and tech sectors, as a writer, as a philanthropist and as a Board Member for the Society of Young Inklings. Insatiably curious, Sue is always diving into something new, from hiking a remote stretch of coast to going on photo expeditions all over the world. Sue has two amazing kids, Kaitlyn & Brian, who are excited to join the SV2 Teen Philanthropy Program.


Grantee Events

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

Curated Events

JUL 29 | Apps4Change Demo Breakfast (Redwood City)

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

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

SEPT 13-14 | Philanthropy Roundtable 2016 Nat'l Forum on K-12 Philanthropy (Redwood City)

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)

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