Dear SV2 Partners & Friends,
During this season of giving, please “gift” SV2 with your best ideas to inform our strategic planning. In this 15th Anniversary year, SV2’s Board of Directors is taking stock of our important work together and defining SV2’s best, brightest and highest-impact future. Your feedback matters. Thanks to those of you who have already contributed to this effort by adding your thoughts to SV2's "Idea Wall," now chock full of your collective inspiration.
In this giving-of-yourself spirit, we hope you'll join us at at least one of two Strategic Planning Partner Input Sessions on December 5th (6:00-7:30 p.m.) & 6th (10:30-11:45 a.m.), led by members of the SV2 Board’s Strategic Planning Working Group. Together we’ll explore topics such as the Partner experience; Grantee advising model; potential new impact models, such as impact investing and collective action; business and pricing models; and more. Please RSVP now.
The early stages of the planning process have been energizing and insightful. Milestones have included gathering rich data as part of our environment scan from: (1) past and current Grantees, (2) field leaders, (3) peers and possible collaborators working in donor education, and (4) current, future and past Partners. This and other early input informed a highly productive Board retreat in November, during which SV2's Board considered SV2’s core values and strategic opportunities that hold the potential to deepen and grow SV2's impact on our Partners, Grantees, and the field.
We look forward to sharing more with you throughout this process and engaging with you on your vision and ideas of SV2's next phase of evolution and impact during the upcoming Partner input working sessions. After this hands-on work, we'll gather again as a partnership on December 17 to celebrate the SV2 community's wonderful year of learning and giving at our Holiday Party hosted by Board member Marcia Pade. Please RSVP no later than December 9.
With cheer & excitement for all that's ahead –
SV2 Teens is launching in February! This program offers a philanthropic experience for children of SV2 Partners in grades 7-12. In six Sunday sessions, participants develop a deeper understanding of the nonprofit sector and gain exposure to social issues and organizations addressing them. Through site visits and volunteering, SV2 Teens are inspired to make a difference in their communities. View last year's video.
This year, the program will run February 9 - May 4. Deadline to apply is January 6. Visit the SV2 Teens page for details & application.
The second annual #GivingTuesday is December 3. This day of giving is an antidote to Black Friday and Cyber Monday. People across the U.S and around the world will get together online and in person to kick off the holiday season with a day dedicated to giving back.
As SV2 Partners, you practice the spirit of #GivingTuesday all year long. We are grateful for you, your steady commitment to philanthropic work and the ripple effect of your strategic generosity. Learn more about how to leverage #GivingTuesday on behalf your philanthropic priorities.
SV2 is excited to share some early learnings from its recent participation in the Silicon Valley Out-of-School-Time Collaborative (OSTC). The OSTC has been a cohort of nine Out-of-School-Time (OST) providers serving at-risk middle and high school students in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties, together with four funders collectively contributing $1.6M from July, 2010 to July, 2013.
The funders - The David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Sand Hill Foundation, SV2, and Sobrato Family Foundation - established the OSTC to develop the organizational capacity of OST providers and improve the quality and effectiveness of OST programming in Silicon Valley. The funders provided a mix of financial and non-financial supports, including a funder mentor for each grantee and gatherings at which grantees learned best practices from each other and from experts on a wide range of capacity-building topics.
The nine grantees, which all shared an explicit academic focus in their OST programming, were Ace Charter School, Bay Area After-School All-Stars, Boys and Girls Club of the Peninsula, Breakthrough Silicon Valley, Citizen Schools, College Track, East Palo Alto Tennis and Tutoring, Peninsula Bridge, and Silicon Valley Children’s Fund.
An evaluation of the OSTC, soon to be released, describes ways in which OSTC supports helped to develop grantees' organization capacity and includes lessons learned for future funding collaborations. Among other things, the evaluation notes that all grantees strengthened their organizational capacity, improved the quality of their programming, and expanded their reach. Some grantees have evidence that student outcomes improved during the course of the OSTC, while others have seen early signs of improvement. All grantees found that the OSTC's non-financial supports were of even greater value than the funding.
SV2 looks forward to sharing the OSTC evaluation in greater detail upon its release and welcomes any questions you may have!
I joined SV2 to share what I have learned from my professional experience and apply those skills to local nonprofit organizations. I am equally excited about the opportunity SV2 provides me to learn more about how other engaged donors think about and approach impact-oriented philanthropy.