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September 3, 2015

We hope that you all had a restful, re-energizing summer with family and friends, and that you’re ready for a fantastic (and full!) fall.

Some of the things we’re jazzed about: the launch of my.SV2 (Partners: have you RSVP’d yet for a Signup Social?), our always-popular Education Grant Round, our first-ever Impact Investment Round, fresh SV2 Kids programming, the magic of our all-community Fall Gathering at the Oshman Family JCC on Tues, Sept. 29, and our upcoming move to a beautiful space at the Sobrato Center for Nonprofits at Redwood Shores.

Can you feel it? Buzz and energy are palpable across the Partnership for all that’s ahead, and we can't wait to dive into the new programming season with you. 

Three reasons to sign up for my.SV2  

SV2’s new collaboration platform, called my.SV2, is launching this month. Here are three reasons why every SV2 Partner should sign up:

  1. Have you ever wished there was a one-stop location to access everything you need related to a Grant Round, from updates by the Grant Round Leaders to applications and other materials that you are supposed to review? Wow, count me in!
  2. Have you ever needed to find and reach out to Partners with a particular skillset, professional background, or issue interest area but don’t know how to identify or connect directly with them? Today is your lucky day.
  3. Have you ever missed a learning session on a great topic like Impact Investing or Authentic Leadership, but wished that you could easily access and view the great educational content at home in your pajamas? Say no more!

You asked. We answered! After hearing our community members express many of these wishes and more, a number of Partner Leaders, Board members, and staff have worked hard to build my.SV2, which will serve as an online hub for SV2 Partners and Grantees. From registering for events to searching Partner profiles to sharing information during Grant and Impact Investment Rounds, my.SV2 will be an essential tool for our entire community.

It will only work well, however, if all Partners dedicate an hour or two to logging on, updating their profile, and exploring. Sign up now to attend an upcoming Sign-up Social with your fellow Partners to receive your personal log-in information, participate in a guided sign-up process, and interactive orientation.
If you are unable to attend any of the scheduled group sessions, please email SV2 intern Patrick Selover ( to schedule a 1:1 session.

SV2 launches into impact investing this fall

By Partners Tony Stayner, Gina Jorasch, & Karl Matzke

One goal of SV2’s strategic plan is to explore the full spectrum of approaches to financing social change, including impact investing. In impact investing, investors seek social or environmental impact alongside financial return.

After surveying the Partnership and completing extensive research, the SV2 Board approved a pilot Impact Investment Round for the year ahead to complement SV2's experiential grantmaking rounds.

As the three Partner leaders of this Impact Investment Round, we invite you to join us on Thursday, October 1 from 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. (RSVP here) as we kick off this first-of-its-kind SV2 experience. This is an important meeting to attend if you would like to consider participation in the Round. 

In addition, there are two ways that you can support this work.

There are two ways that you can support this work right now. First, we are seeking Partner referrals of early stage for-profit social ventures in which you would suggest that SV2 consider an investment - click here to submit a referral.

Second, we need Partner volunteers to help us source potential deals in advance of the Round, including initial vetting of deal referrals from SV2 Partners and allies; email Elizabeth Dodson ( to volunteer.

With respect to the ongoing schedule for the Round, occasional full-group meetings will continue to take place in the evenings through early Spring, and there will also be significant small-group work that Partners can schedule as best suits their needs. We hope that you’ll take advantage of this rare opportunity to experience impact investing in a learning-focused, collaborative manner, and at a level that many individuals are not immediately able to access or engage in on their own.

With questions about the pilot Impact Investment Round and your participation, please contact Elizabeth Dodson. If you are not currently on the Impact Investing Google Group and would like to be added, please email Carrie Boyle (

What SV2's Reading

Six Questions to Ask Before You Invest in a Social Enterprise
If you’re considering making investments for social impact, ask yourself these six questions first.

Clay Water Brick: Finding Inspiration from Entrepreneurs Who Do the Most with the Least

Jessica Jackley, co-founder of, has written a new book entitled Clay Water Brick: Finding Inspiration from Entrepreneurs Who Do the Most with the Least. This book left us inspired and excited to hear from Jessica Jackley at SV2’s Fall Gathering at the Oshman Family JCC on September 29.

Get Schooled by Philanthropy University

Philanthropy University is a nonprofit educational initiative offering tuition-free courses taught by leading instructors and professionals. Classes, such as Essentials of Nonprofit Strategy, taught by Partner Paul Brest, will begin later this month.

Looking for more educational resources? We’ll be sharing many more opportunities like this one on our new collaboration platform, my.SV2.

New Season, New home

SV2’s Board and staff are gearing up for our move on October 1 to a larger, significantly more cost-effective space at the Sobrato Center for Nonprofits in Redwood Shores (map here).  

SV2's move to the Sobrato Center for Nonprofits provides an opportunity for SV2 to play an instrumental role in building an even more vibrant nonprofit community on the Peninsula. To learn more about our new home, including the answers to FAQs, click here.  

When planning to attend SV2 events this fall, please pay special attention to the featured location so that you join us in the right place!



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