Family Philanthropy

SV2 Partners engage their families through SV2’s hands-on learning, service and giving opportunities to develop the next generation of givers.

Teens Program

Helping Teens understand the needs in their community and how they can help

The SV2 Teen Philanthropy Program offers a comprehensive philanthropy and community service experience for SV2 Partners’ children who are in 7th-12th grade. Teens gain exposure to pressing local social issues, learn about nonprofit organizations and think together about giving money away effectively. Since the program’s founding in 2009, SV2 Teens have made over a dozen grants together in the areas of hunger and homeless, STEM education, at-risk youth and environmental conservation in the Bay Area. This year’s focus is Education for low-income youth.

Apply here by January 13, 2017.

Session 1

Orientation & Program Kickoff

This high‐energy session will be packed with learning about venture philanthropy and best practices in grantmaking. Key components of the program and schedule will also be covered.

Session 2

Issue Area Learning

Teens will spend time learning more about the nuts and bolts of Grantmaking, including Nonprofit Basics, Site Visit Best Practices, and an asset-based approach to philanthropy.

Sessions 3-5

Site Visits

We’ll meet with leadership from a small group of organizations to discuss how they might use grant funds from SV2 Teens, and may engage in service projects with the organizations if circumstances permit.

Session 6

Grant Decision & Allocation Meeting

Teens will discuss what they have learned and ultimately come to a consensus on how they want to allocate $5,000-$10,000 (based on attendance) in grant funds to the organizations where they did site visits.

Session 7

Program Wrap-up & Graduation

Families and nonprofit leaders join the Teens for a celebration and ceremony led by the SV2 Teens in which they present their learnings, future goals, and the grant checks to their nonprofit Grantees.

KIDS Program

Our kids are never too young to learn to give

SV2 Kids brings families together to engage in local community service projects that broaden the perspectives of our younger children, connect families, and spark compassion for others and a love of giving in the next generation. Each SV2 Kids activity involves learning about the issue area, volunteering together at a local nonprofit to serve our community, and taking time to reflect on what we’ve learned. The content of the program is geared toward children ages 4-12 and their families. Past service projects have focused on the elderly, the environment, animals, poverty and homelessness.