sv2partnership

a venture philanthropy partnership

Become a Partner

Become a Partner

When you become an SV2 Partner, you gain access to our wide menu of learning opportunities:

The process for becoming a Partner is simple:

First, contact the SV2 staff so that we can meet you and answer any questions you may have.

Second, we encourage you to attend two to three SV2 events plus a Get to Know SV2 event (with a current Partner, if someone personally referred you to SV2) to "test drive" SV2 before you join to make sure the fit is right for you. Please see our Calendar of Events.

Third, fill out the SV2 Partner Application. We will then process your application to determine if you are a good fit for SV2.

Fourth, make your tax-deductible financial contribution of at least $6,000 to SV2. You can do this in several ways:

  1. Write a check to Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund and mail it to: SV2, P.O. Box 1792, Los Altos, CA 94023;
  2. Use your credit card to pay online
  3. Request a company match from your employer; or
  4. Request a grant from your donor advised fund: 

When you've completed the application process, your SV2 orientation process will begin.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What are the requirements for becoming an SV2 Partner?
A: The only requirement is a contribution of at least $6,000 per year. All SV2 events and Grantee engagement are optional.

Q: Is my annual contribution tax-deductible?
A: Yes. SV2 is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and all contributions by U.S. citizens are fully tax-deductible.

Q: Do I join alone? Can someone join with me?
A: Yes to both. Many Partners join alone. Others join with their spouse or partner.

Q: When is my annual contribution due?
A: Individuals become SV2 Partners at the time they make their first annual contribution to the organization. You will be sent a Partner Renewal each year during the same quarter as your initiation. 

Q: Is an SV2 Partner required to give his or her time as well as the annual financial contribution?
A: There is no time requirement. About 30% of SV2 Partners contribute money only. Other Partners are more or less involved time-wise at different seasons of their lives.

Q: Are all SV2 Partners new to philanthropic giving?
A: No. Some are and others are more experienced and looking to expand their "philanthropic portfolio" by participating in SV2's collaborative, venture capital-driven model. The mix of new and experienced Partners makes for a synergistic mix.

I have been impressed with the SV2 Partners I have met, the staff, and the grant process which has been developed and utilized effectively. I like the idea of 'giving back,' but with impact and scalability.

Peter Raisbeck,
SV2 Partner

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