a venture philanthropy partnership

Press Kit

Press Kit

SV2 At a Glance

  • Name: SV2 stands for Silicon Valley Social Venture
  • Number of Partners: 200+ individuals (and still growing)
  • Partner contribution: At least $6,000 per year
  • Founding year: 1998
  • Founder: Laura Arrillaga‐Andreessen
  • Executive Director: Jennifer Ratay
  • Board Chair: Bill Brownell
  • Number of grants made so far: rotating 41 grants, totaling $3.8 million
  • Grant Areas: At-Risk Youth, Education, Environment and International Development
  • Typical size of grants: $100-150K over 3 years

What We Do

SV2 is a high-impact giving community. Our donors (“Partners”) pool their skills, energy, ideas, and money ($6-25K annually) to make a bigger, more meaningful difference than any one person could make alone. Our 200+ Partners together decide which cutting‐edge nonprofits will receive SV2’s 3-year grants ($100-150K each) 
in the rotating areas of At-Risk Youth, Education, Environment and International Development. Embracing the “venture philanthropy” model, Partners select Grantees that have proven models and are at crucial inflection points in their organizational development, and Partners offer professional advising to help each Grantee build capacity and scale up, not just pay for current programs. Founded
 by Laura 
Arrillaga‐Andreessen in 1998,
 SV2’s mission stretches beyond helping Grantees - SV2 Partners become more strategic lifelong philanthropists as they select and advise Grantees, attend SV2 educational events, and learn from one another.

Media Resources

Media contact: Lisa Van Dusen, Chief Engagement Officer, 650.799.3883,

Download the SV2 Annual Report

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.

Stacy Walder,
SV2 Partner

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