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October 6, 2016

Trending now: SV2's Impact Report

Did you know that SV2 Partners overwhelmingly report becoming more strategic, collaborative and generous in their giving, and more knowledgeable about local community needs and potential solutions as a result of their involvement in SV2? In SV2's hot-off-the-press 2015-16 Impact Report, you can read more about how Partners change by engaging in SV2 as well as the awe-inspiring work of our Grantees and Impact Investees.

You’ll also learn the ways in which SV2 funding and Beyond-the-Dollars Support have helped SV2 Grantees strengthen their organizations and scale their impact in the community. We invite you to share the full report available here with friends who may be interested in learning more about the SV2 community and our collective impact.  

Ready to volunteer with your children?

Interested in volunteering with other families in the SV2 community? Good news then! SV2 Kids is kicking off the program year with one of our favorite volunteer events at My New Red Shoes on Saturday, October 29 from 9:00-11:30am.

My New Red Shoes helps homeless and low-income children feel confident as they start the school year by providing them with new clothing and shoes. All Partners and prospective Partners with children aged 4-12 are welcome. We’ll volunteer together from 9:00-11:00 and gather next door at the SV2 office afterwards for cookies and conversation. Learn more and RSVP here.

Calling all Teens!

The SV2 Teens Philanthropy program, now going into its ninth year, engages 7th-12th grade children of SV2 Partners in hands-on learning about philanthropy and the nonprofit sector. Interested Teens are encouraged to fill out a brief survey by November 4, letting us know if you plan to apply and what issue area you’re most interested in. We are offering Kiva gift certificates to the first three Teens to complete the survey!

SV2 Teens will kick off with a pre-meeting on December 4 from 1:30-3:30pm to choose this year’s issue area. The main program will run from January 22 – May 7 with meetings every other week. Over the course of seven meetings held at corporate and nonprofit locations around the Peninsula, Teens will learn more about the local nonprofit and philanthropy sectors, conduct site visits at nonprofit organizations, and then award grant funding together with their peers. This year’s program will again be facilitated by Elizabeth Newton and Janet Oh and will also include a Leadership Team with defined roles for Teens interested in helping to shape the program. A brief application, meeting dates, and details about the program and Leadership Team can be found here. We encourage Teens to fill out their applications as soon as possible – submission deadline will be November 28. Questions? Please contact Jody Chang at

Affordable Housing Lightning Round

This year’s Lightning Grant Round will focus on Affordable Housing in the Bay Area, a new focus area for SV2 and a timely issue affecting so many in our region. Led by SV2 Partners Lisa Guerra and Nancy Heinen, the Lightning Grant Round will be held first in November and then again in January.

We are collaborating with three funder allies—The San Francisco Foundation, The Sobrato Family Foundation, and Sunlight Giving—who will nominate high-potential nonprofit organizations from their own grantmaking portfolios and generously share their due diligence approach and sector expertise with us.

Each time a Lightning Grant Round is offered, it will take place over the course of a month and involve individual diligence pre-work as well as two in-person group meetings. The first Round will kick off with diligence pre-work and funder conference calls in late October, and in-person meetings on November 16th and 30th from 6:30 to 9:00pm. If you are a current Partner and would like to participate in the Round, you can learn more here or by emailing Jody Chang at RSVP deadline is October 26.


The Power of Voice

On September 27, the SV2 community gathered to celebrate and hear from our newest cohort of Grantees: Global Press Institute, Silicon Valley Urban Debate League, and Literacy for Environmental Justice. Each Grantee shared the innovative ways they help others amplify the power of their own voices to drive social change. We also introduced our first-ever Impact Investees - watch this video to hear more about Learning Genie, Nepris, and PastureMap. We look forward to sharing videos from the evening in a future newsletter. Thanks to all of the Grantees, Partners, and friends who joined us!

Visionary Leadership Circle

In the last few years, SV2 has grown rapidly, added new field-leading programming, deepened and extended our impact, and strengthened our community. We now have an exciting, unique challenge from SV2's founder to bring forth a new generation of visionary donors who are committed to SV2’s mission, sustainable impact and best future, through annual contributions of $20K+.

We invite any current or prospective Partner to join these SV2 Partners as a founding member of SV2’s Visionary Leadership Circle:

Jim Basile, Bill Brownell & Kimberly Pesavento, Lucy Caldwell Donovan, Laura & Gary Lauder, Diane & Mark Parnes, Kelly Pope & David Bulfer, Jennie Savage & John Dawson, Tony Stayner & Beth Cross, and Rick & Carol Tinsley.

This group joins long-time pioneering Partners who have supported SV2 at a catalytic level:

Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen & Marc AndreessenJohn & Marcia Goldman, Karla & Steve Jurvetson, Lisa Sobrato Sonsini, and Akiko Yamazaki & Jerry Yang

Visionary Leadership Circle members will receive both recognition as well as opportunities to connect with one another and discuss cutting-edge topics in effective philanthropy. They will also gather for dinner at SV2 founder Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen’s home in February 2017.  To learn more, please contact SV2 Chief Relationship Officer Lisa Van Dusen.


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