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From the SV2 Team

June 1, 2014

Dear SV2 Partners and Friends,

We are taking a deep breath around here as we transition into a big summer for SV2. We will begin the work of implementing SV2’s new strategic plan (read here) in service of our bold ambitions for impact. We will count on you to tell us what you are thinking, wondering, or hoping as we together navigate this exciting new territory.

Our work together this summer will shape SV2 over the coming year and beyond. Pilot programming and other changes on the horizon include:

  • Pilot learning programs, such as a learning service trip to Rwanda in October 2014 (sign up!); education on impact investing; organizational effectiveness workshops, and peer learning circles on topics like family foundations;
  • Diversified approaches to grantmaking, including new Lightning Grant Rounds and funding collective impact;
  • Improved beyond-the-dollars support for Grantees through a more focused, well-defined set of options for Partner engagement; and
  • A variety of other enhancements such as a one-stop shop, web-based collaboration platform; a discounted annual base contribution level for Partners under 35; and select strategic alliances to extend SV2's impact. 

To keep abreast of opportunities to co-design and participate in these pilots and enhancements, watch our calendar and your email inbox for upcoming design and focus group sessions.

With excitement,

Team SV2 | Lisa, Jen, Elizabeth + Christine

Environment 2014 Grantee:
Food Shift

The Environment Grant Round has selected Food Shift as one of SV2's 2014 Grantees! Food Shift's mission is to work collaboratively with communities, businesses and governments to develop long-term sustainable solutions to reduce food waste and build more resilient communities.

Based in Oakland, Food Shift is working to make a systems-level change in good recovery. They aim to raise awareness of food waste through events, online resources and collaborative programs and provide opportunities for individuals, organizations and businesses to apply food reduction strategies. For example, Food Shift connects organizations in need of surplus food with businesses with excess food to share. The organization’s approach towards food waste reduction as a strategy is intended to “save money, benefit the community and alleviate strain on the environment.” Look for their ad on BART this fall!

Many thanks to the Grant Round Leaders, Partners Virginia Boyd and Jennifer Heyneman Sousae, as well as the Environment Grant Round team for their due diligence and thoughtful decision.

SV2 Teens 2014

The SV2 Teen Philanthropy program engages the teenage children of our Partners in local philanthropy. This year, the Teens chose to explore the issue of local at-risk youth. To kick-off the year, they met at Jive Software (thank you to SV2 Partner Tony Zingale for hosting!) to understand the factors that impact at-risk youth and how some organizations are helping.

Through site visits to three local nonprofit organizations working in the field, the Teens continued their learning about at-risk youth and resources available locally. At Eastside College Preparatory High School the Teens toured the facilities and then made welcome packets together with some of Eastside's first-generation college bound students to support a local preschool. At the Bill Wilson Center the Teens toured the transitional housing dormitory, learned about the programs for youth and families in crisis, and helped prepare fundraising materials for the Center. And at Fresh Lifelines for Youth (FLY) the Teens attended a typical legal education class designed for youth in the juvenile system or at-risk of entering it. They also met with alumni of the program and learned first hand how FLY changes lives.

After their site visits, the Teens met at Google to learn about corporate philanthropy and discuss how to allocate their grant dollars. In May, they hosted the "Celebration of Giving" at SV2 and presented grants to each of the organizations:

-$3,500 to Fresh Lifelines for Youth
-$2,000 to Eastside College Preparatory High School
-$1,500 to Bill Wilson Center

Many thanks to SV2 Teens’ Program Coordinators Amy Johnson and Heather Renfro. We are so proud of this year's Teens and look forward to seeing all of them again next year, except graduating seniors Lexi Kirsch, Patrick Selover and Remy Zingale - congratulations! If you have questions about the SV2 Teens program, please contact us at

Summer 2014 Interns & Fellow

Please welcome our summer team - Strategic Initiatives Fellow Danielle Reed, an MBA candidate at UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business, and interns Karina Macias  and  Chrishanae Neal, both alums of Eastside College Prep and rising juniors at St. Mary's College and Wellesley College, respectively.

Many thanks to our fabulous spring Fellow Catherine Dryer Rosati and interns Max Wang and Catherine Hsieh. We are grateful for their injection of ideas, energy and commitment to a better world. 

What I like best is that I learn something new every time I participate with SV2. I learn from the other Partners, I learn while doing research on potential Grantees, I learn as I advise our current Grantees, and I learn in SV2 workshops. 

Krissy Iverson Valk,
SV2 Partner

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