Simon Shachter

"My favorite thing about SV2 is all the opportunities for learning. You can learn by doing through the grant rounds, through workshops, and through the Partners and nonprofits themselves."
How did you hear about SV2?

I heard about SV2 when I was in high school working part-time at the San Francisco Jewish Federation. At the time I was working on the Federation’s teen philanthropy programs as SV2 was creating their own teen program. I was able to sit in on some meetings and help out. I set a long-term goal of hoping to join SV2 at some point in the distant future, but was lucky enough to be able to join much sooner.

What made you decide to join?

Out of college, I got a job at the Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen Foundation where my boss presented me with the opportunity to join SV2. I was overjoyed and filled out the application immediately!

How have you been involved?

In my first year, I took some time to understand how grant rounds work and how I could contribute to the community. In my second year, I participated in multiple grantmaking rounds and joined the NextGen Working Group to understand how SV2 can cater to the needs and interests of the next generation of philanthropists in Silicon Valley.

What have you enjoyed most?

My favorite thing about SV2 is all the opportunities for learning. You can learn by doing through the grant rounds, through workshops and deep dives, through partner events, and through the partners and nonprofits themselves. In every meeting I look forward to talking and learning more from different members of the partnership and through the grantmaking processes and discussions, bring all that I can back to my personal philanthropy.