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July 9, 2015

Grant Round and Pilot Impact Investment Round

We’re excited to announce that the upcoming SV2 program year will be chock-full of both long-standing, popular grantmaking programming as well as entirely new experiential learning offerings. Participation is open to all current Partners and provides rich opportunities for active learning and collaboration with peers as Partners collectively find, research, and fund high-performing Bay Area-based social ventures creatively tackling pressing social and environmental challenges.

The year will feature two traditional Grant Rounds, a pilot Impact Investment Round, and, most likely, one lighter-touch Lightning Grant Round.

The Education Grant Round will be up first in the coming year, swinging into high gear in September 2015. Partners Aarti Chandna and Mark Wilson will captain this round. Later in the Grant Round line-up, Partners Rachel Klausner and Jill Matzke will be at the helm of our International Grant Round, set to start in January 2016.

SV2’s first-ever Impact Investment Round will kick off in Fall 2015, led by Partners Gina Jorasch, Karl Martzke, and Tony Stayner. Given the nature of the impact investments that we are likely to consider, we anticipate that this pilot will span a few issue areas such as the environment, health, and financial inclusion.

Finally, a Lightning Grant Round, penciled in for Spring 2016, will focus on the environment. We are currently seeking a Partner to co-lead the Lightning Grant Round together with Partner Shalyn Eason, an experienced leader from this year’s successful Lightning Grant Round pilots. Please email Elizabeth Dodson ( if you might be interested in learning more about this leadership opportunity.

We anticipate that the Education and International Grant Round meetings will take place in the mid-day, while the Impact Investment Round and Lightning Grant Round meetings will likely take place in the evening so as to provide programming accessible to the widest range of Partners.

Interesting in helping? We have a significant amount of work to do this summer researching potential applicants for the Education and International Grant Rounds. Any Partner interested in contributing to that work should please email Elizabeth - thank you!

SV2 Welcomes three new Board Members 

Join us in welcoming three new members to the SV2 Board of Directors: Jill Matzke, Jody Chang, and Tony Stayner! Jill, Jody and Tony have collectively and individually contributed a significant amount already to the SV2 community as Partner leaders. We look forward to their continued energy, service and inspired leadership on the SV2 Board.

Jill Matzke served for 12 years as Director of Product Marketing for high performance computing solutions at Silicon Graphics. Prior to that, she held positions at Apple as well as in government and academia. She holds a Masters and PhD in Environmental Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin and an MBA from Kellogg School of Business, Northwestern University. Jill joined SV2 in 2013 and will serve as Co-Lead for the 2015-2016 SV2 International Grant Round.

Jody Chang is the Director of Community Relations for Consulting Within Reach, a social sector consulting firm servicing the Bay Area. She is the founder and former president of the Hammer Montessori Foundation and currently serves as Managing Director at The Campbell Foundation. She graduated from Harvard University with a B.A. in History and Literature and currently lives in San Jose with her husband, Curtis, and two daughters. Jody joined SV2 in 2008 and currently is serving as Lead Partner to The Big Lift.

After a 20+ year career in Silicon Valley managing and advising in high growth situations, Tony Stayner is now actively involved in the social sector. He has participated in The Philanthropy Workshop, currently sits on the board at the Pacific Institute and Crystal Springs Uplands School, and formerly served on the board at and The Carey School. Tony graduated with an A.B. in Economics and Mathematics from UC Davis, and later received his MBA from Stanford and JD from UC Berkeley. He lives in San Mateo with his wife, Beth, and three children. Tony joined SV2 in 2013 and will serve as Co-Lead of SV2’s upcoming Impact Investment Round.

SV2 Kids: A wonderful chapter ends, a new one begins

Long-time SV2 Partners Laura Kupor and Nancy Yu have completed their three-year tenure as the dynamic duo leading the SV2 Kids service learning program. Laura and Nancy designed and orchestrated several outstanding service learning opportunities for the youngest members of the SV2 community (ages 4-12) and their parents each year. This creates an new leadership opportunity for interested Partners - Read more below and let us hear from you soon - ideally by the end of July!

Whether visiting the Humane Society of Silicon Valley or My New Red Shoes, Laura and Nancy found a way to connect the talents and energy of SV2 families with the needs of a wide range of local nonprofit organizations. They also instituted
the holiday “tradition” of SV2 Kids’ participation in the Family Giving Tree. Each outing integrated both a service component with the opportunity to actually learn what the host organization does and the role they play in the community. Laura and Nancy have made it easier for SV2 families to engage in rewarding and perspective-expanding service together while having fun with other SV2 families.

On behalf of all the SV2 kids and families who have participated in the program under their leadership tenure, we thank them!

As the Kupor and Yu kids are off to SV2 Teens, the search now begins for new leadership for the SV2 Kids Program. We invite SV2 Partners -- dads, moms or other interested Partners -- to consider this satisfying leadership opportunity to shape the next chapter of SV2 Kids. If interested in learning more, the job description is here or contact Lisa Van Dusen.

SV2 Springboard Session on Network Leadership

Network Leadership, also known as Systems Leadership, can be messy. It can also be vastly more powerful than its relatives, individual and organizational leadership. To explore this topic with Partners and Grantees, SV2 hosted a Springboard Session on Network Leadership led by Chris Block, CEO of American Leadership Forum (ALF), and SV2 Partners Heather McLeod Grant of McLeod Grant Consulting and SV2 Partner and former board chair, Lance Fors. In this video, you’ll:

  • Learn what “I-We-It” means and what it has to do with social change
  • Listen to “the bell” and spend a few minutes in meditation
  • Understand the nature of individual, organizational and network leadership
  • Figure out why all this matters to you as a leader

View the Network Leadership Springboard Session video here.


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