A Bold Collective Impact Initiative: The Big Lift

The Big Lift is a collective impact initiative uniting more than 300 organizations and businesses toward the common goal of raising the percentage of San Mateo County third graders reading at grade level from 50% to 80% by 2020.

SV2’s Financial Support has enabled The Big Lift to develop their brand, website, and other marketing materials essential to attracting additional support for its bold mission.

Through one-on-one advising and participation in committees, SV2 Partners have worked with The Big Lift team on several aspects of launching its preschool and summer learning programs, including assistance in the selection of a firm which will evaluate The Big Lift’s impact.

In addition, SV2 Partners have worked with The Big Lift Team to identify technology innovations that could greatly benefit the children in the San Mateo County school system. Through a strategic alliance with SV2, the Stanford Alumni Consulting Team analyzed the long-term
return on investment that quality preschool learning could have for students in San Mateo County.

In September 2014, The Big Lift landed a prestigious $16.5M White House Social Innovation Fund grant, in part due to the level of commitment that The Big Lift had garnered from community partners, including SV2. In September 2015, The Big Lift was chosen from over 800 applicants as a top ten finalist for the Google Bay Area Impact Challenge, winning a $250k grant.