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Bringing Water and Land Use Together: Final Report to the Community Foundation Water Initiative on the Equitable Integration of Water and Land Use

April 1, 2019

California is moving toward a more holistic approach to managing our water and land resources as the 21st century unfolds. This perspective recognizes the interconnectivity between two traditionally fragmented sectors.In 2005, the California Legislature passed new laws that enable communities to join together to adopt Integrated Regional Water Management (IRWM) policies and practices. This comprehensive planning approach considers water resources in the context of an interconnected watershed with a network of regional governance, rather than as a combination of fragmented parts. Unfortunately, the IRWM program is dominated by the water sector and in most regions has not pursued alignment with land use.Similarly, the Sustainable Communities Strategies (SCS) mandated through [legislation] establish a framework for aligning land use practices (predominantly housing and transportation) across jurisdictions within a larger geographic region. Yet very few SCSs have taken water resources into account.While water management and land-use planning remain highly fragmented across the state, we are making progress toward a more integrated approach, especially when setting new state-level policies, regulations and guidance. The 2014 Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) is a leap forward in this direction. For the first time, local land use agencies have an opportunity to be full partners with water agencies in shaping groundwater governance. It is too soon to determine how well these two sectors are integrating under SGMA, but early results are promising.

ProMatch Case Study: Successful Practices and Strategies to Build English Learners' Job Readiness and Job Search Skills

January 1, 2016

WestEd conducted a case study of ProMatch, the Silicon Valley (CA) chapter of a no-fee job search program serving dislocated workers called Experience Unlimited (EU).

Silicon Valley ALLIES Innovation Initiative Evaluation Report

January 1, 2015

Silicon Valley (CA) lacks sufficient resources to meet its growing demand for both adult English as a second language (ESL) training and technical career training for English learners.

Human Trafficking in Silcon Valley

October 3, 2014

Human trafficking has become one of the most lucrative criminal enterprises around the world. The magnitude of this crime is also significant at the local level, with California ranking as one of the nation's top four destination states for trafficked individuals. This report is a commissioned study of human trafficking in Silicon Valley. The findings presented in this report are intended to spark conversation, identify opportunities for cross-sector collaboration and further study, while also presenting a focused set of recommendations geared toward addressing this evolving problem. The study draws heavily on data gathered from community-based organizations located in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties. A survey was completed by case managers at 11 of these organizations to capture information from case files on 232 trafficking victims who were served between 2011 and 2013. In-depth interviews were also conducted with 21 case managers at these same organizations. Key findings:More than 50 percent of victims were born in the U.S.Most of the victims in this study were femaleWhile commercial sexual exploitation was the most common form of trafficking, forced labor also was evident.Incidents of exploitation occurred to the same victum at multiple locatoinsVictims often turn to community-based organizations when they seek help

Emerging Opportunities: Giving and Participation by Silicon Valley Asian American Communities

March 29, 2012

Based on interviews, examines experiences, motivations, priorities, and values with regard to philanthropy among Asian Americans in the Valley, including how the entrepreneurial culture shapes approaches to philanthropy, social change, and networking.

On the Shoulders of Generations: Philanthropy in the Indian American Community of Silicon Valley

February 23, 2012

Based on interviews, examines traditions, trends, and values in philanthropy among immigrants from India in Silicon Valley, including the shift from personal and private charity to institutionalized giving among the Indian Diaspora.

Opportunities for Leadership: Meeting Community Information Needs 2011

September 12, 2011

Describes how three Knight Community Information Challenge grantees incorporated efforts to create innovative news models, online information hubs, citizen journalism projects, youth media, and civic engagement and advocacy campaigns into their work.

2010 Corporate Citizenship Report

May 6, 2010

Presents survey findings on Silicon Valley corporations' charitable giving and corporate citizenship programs, including their roles in corporate strategy, focus areas, and employee involvement. Analyzes factors behind increased focus on sustainability.

Charting a Clear Course: 2009 Year in Review

March 10, 2010

Contains message from the board chair and the president; 2009 highlights; information on programs and strategies, with sample grants; donor profiles; and lists of board members.

Index of Silicon Valley 2008

February 19, 2008

Provides data on the area's demographic, economic, societal, environmental, and political trends. Includes a special analysis of the challenges and implications presented by a rapidly changing economy and a growing need to fill mid-wage occupations.

Silicon Valley's Changing Nonprofit Sector

January 1, 2006

Measures the growth of nonprofits and foundations in Silicon Valley between 1994 and 2003 to provide an overview of the region's nonprofit sector in relation to business and industry, and compares it to the Bay Area and the entire state of California.

Creative Community Index 2005: Measuring Progress Toward a Vibrant Silicon Valley

January 1, 2005

Examines the region's ability to attract and retain creative workers, and the arts and cultural sector's relationship to business innovation and social identity. Includes recommendations for preserving the region's position as a creative center.