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Big Gifts for Little Learners: Making the Case for Philanthropic Investment From Pregnancy Through Preschool

March 21, 2022

The San Francisco Bay Area is home to some of the wealthiest counties and most generous donors in the country. But how do those individuals choose where to spend their philanthropic dollars?In our 2021 survey of Bay Area donors, which included both affluent individuals and foundations, 40% of respondents said that when considering causes or groups to give to, demonstrated impact would lead them to choose one cause or group over others.In some ways it is surprising, then, that only 15% of donors said they give to early care and learning -- an area with robust research demonstrating positive impact on the children supported (including permanent increases in children's IQ and better health outcomes) as well as on their families and the broader community (e.g., gains in maternal workforce participation).

2021 Local Grantmaking Capacity Survey Summary

February 17, 2022

Since 2009, the Packard Foundation has surveyed our local Bay Area grantee partners to better understand and monitor the context in which these organizations work, as well as their organizational strengths and needs. In 2021, the survey was designed to focus on the major issues of this time including the continued impacts of the coronavirus pandemic, regional wildfires, and the economic downturn. This executive summary presents the 2021 survey findings that gathered data from 121 organizations that our Local Grantmaking program supports.The report highlights the sustained impact the pandemic has had on community-based organizations, such as increases in service demands and significant senior leadership turnover, as well as signs of hope and progress, including increases in in-person services and increases in overall private funding and relief funding. The findings paint a picture of an ecosystem of organizations who are optimistic about the pandemic recovery and their ability to meet the challenges and demands of the time but still grappling with the unpredictable landscape and how it will affect their capacity, staff, clients, and community. Recruiting, retaining, and supporting staff remains at the heart of many of the most difficult and pressing capacity needs, including staff for fundraising, monitoring, and justice and equity work. Additionally, organizations see an opportunity for the Packard Foundation to not only continue, but augment, its investments and supports for justice and equity efforts.The Foundation uses this annual survey to inform our local Bay Area grantmaking strategies, including initiatives where we support projects and learning opportunities that enhance the organizational and leadership capacity of grantees.

The World is Home: A Case Study of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation

January 1, 2017

Silicon Valley Community Foundation – together with pfc Social Impact Advisors – has published a case study to commemorate SVCF's first 10 years. During this period, SVCF made more than $4.3 billion in grants and significantly expanded its charitable reach.The new report provides details about how Silicon Valley Community Foundation was formed in 2007 from the merger of Peninsula Community Foundation and Community Foundation Silicon Valley, and how it has grown to become the largest funder of Bay Area charities and the largest community foundation in the world.Following the historic merger of the two parent foundations, Silicon Valley Community Foundation began seeking public input on how it could best approach the challenges faced by the residents of Santa Clara and San Mateo counties. SVCF's discretionary grantmaking focus areas were announced in 2008, supporting local education, economic security, immigration and regional planning that improves transportation and housing systems. In addition to these vital issues, SVCF's family of more than 2,000 donors have used their charitable funds at SVCF to support thousands of local, national and international charities across a wide range of interests, as the case study attests.

Nuturing Social Emotional Learning in Out-of-School-Time: Lessons Learned from the Silcon Valley Out-of-School-Time Collaborative

November 1, 2016

The Silicon Valley Out-of-School-Time Collaborative (SVOSTC) launched in 2010 as a Northern California-based regional capacity-building initiative for select organizations in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties. Each of the nine member agencies serves secondary-aged students outside the formal school day through a variety of academic supports, including tutoring, academic advising and summer enrichment programs.The Sand Hill Foundation, The David and Lucile Packard Foundation, SV22, and The Sobrato Family Foundation provided $2.6 million in funding to the Collaborative from 2010-16.Phase I (2010-13) focused on building organizational capacity to serve youth by leveraging the skills and network of Executive Directors, who engaged in five collective learning sessions per year on topics ranging from board development to program evaluation to staff management and leadership.For Phase II (2014-16), the Executive Directors of the Collaborative agencies elected to focus on cultivating non-cognitive factors such as grit, character, and curiosity, among the youth they served, since these skills help young people succeed in school, the workplace and the community. After a five month planning process, the Collaborative members collectively selected three non-cognitive skills as the focus of their efforts: Academic Mindsets, Learning Strategies, and Social Skills.

Family Engagement Impact Project: Phase II Evaluation Report

October 17, 2016

In September 2013, the Heising-Simons Foundation (the Foundation) launched a new initiative called the Family Engagement Impact Project (FEIP). The purpose of the initiative is to offer new ways to build capacity for family engagement to promote positive educational outcomes for low-income immigrant children from birth through age 8 in California's San Mateo and Santa Clara counties. The initiative leverages existing resources and strengthens public-private partnerships in order to coordinate and integrate efforts across organizations in the funded communities. The partnerships' efforts focus on building the skills of parents and professionals, with an emphasis on enhancing family engagement at home. The FEIP also supports partnerships in replicating at least one evidence-based family engagement model. The Foundation awarded 8-month FEIP planning grants to six communities (Phase I) in fall 2013. During this phase, the selected communities secured partners, defined their family engagement goals, and planned strategies and approaches to achieve their goals. In June 2014, five grantee partnerships received 24-month implementation grants (Phase II). During this phase, the partnerships were tasked with implementing the plans that they had developed during Phase I, including delivering coordinated family engagement programming in their geographic focus areas and implementing at least one evidence-based family engagement program. Table ES1 provides an overview of the five grantee partnerships that received Phase II implementation awards, including the grantee lead, the geographic area served, and the key activities and programs offered by the grantee partnerships.

Bridging the Cultural Gap

February 10, 2015

As part of a proactive effort to address the cross-cultural barriers that arise in culturally and ethnically diverse communities, in 2009 Silicon Valley Community Foundation (SVCF) developed a grant program called Bridging the Cultural Gap. With a focus on using cultural tactics to move hearts and minds in support of immigrant integration, the program was focused expressly on supporting projects that allowed for Silicon Valley residents to come together to discuss shared values and concerns related to immigration. Between 2009 and 2014, SVCF invested $2.4 million in 12 projects that used cultural tactics such as dialogue, film, photography and storytelling to deepen relationships and cross-cultural understanding throughout San Mateo and Santa Clara counties. Over the course of five years, these grantees, with support from SVCF, focused their activities on identifying and cementing shared values between immigrants and receiving communities, as well as building relationships within and across various communities in the region.

The Jewish Resource Specialist Program Year 3 Evaluation Findings

August 1, 2014

This report presents the final cumulative evaluation findings for the Jewish Resource Specialist Program (JRS) over the three years of the JRS pilot, including key achievements and challenges. The evaluation assesses the JRS program overall—as a model—and not individual sites.This evaluation addresses the following two distinct evaluation questions:1. How, and to what extent, are families at JRS schools increasing their engagement in Jewish life and learning within JRS schools and in the community? 2. How, and to what extent, is JRS deepening Jewish learning within the JRS school environment? This evaluation also seeks to document the growth and change of JRS across the three years, providing insights into aspects of the program best poised for replication and scale.

Parent Story Project: Perspectives on Raising Children in Silicon Valley

June 13, 2014

In 2013, Silicon Valley Community Foundation launched the Parent Story Project -- the ?rst-ever regional study to investigate what it is like to be a parent of a young child in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties. The Parent Story Project provides us with a better understanding of today's early learning landscape, the region's most challenging problems and the ripest opportunities for affecting the lives of Silicon Valley's youngest children -- birth through age 8 -- and their families

2014 Silicon Valley Index

February 4, 2014

The Silicon Valley Index has been telling the Silicon Valley story since 1995. Released early every year, the Index is based on indicators that measure the strength of the economy and the health of the community -- highlighting challenges and providing an analytical foundation for leadership and decision making.

CONEC Volunteer Matching with Legal Service Providers

January 1, 2013

In early 2013, with Comprehensive Immigration Reform (CIR) looming on the horizon, Silicon Valley Community Foundation launched a technology innovation project to support the technology needs and aspirations of immigration legal services providers in San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties in California. The effort was envisioned as an opportunity to engage a cohort of agencies in a unique co-creation process exploring the use of technology to enhance citizenship and naturalization services for immigrants in Silicon Valley.

Hunger in America 2010 Local Report Prepared for SH FB of Santa Clara & San Mateo Counties

February 1, 2010

This report presents information on the clients and agencies served by SH FB of Santa Clara & San Mateo Counties. The information is drawn from a national study, Hunger in America 2010, conducted in 2009 for Feeding America (FA) (formerly America's Second Harvest), the nation's largest organization of emergency food providers. The national study is based on completed in-person interviews with more than 62,000 clients served by the FA national network, as well as on completed questionnaires from more than 37,000 FA agencies. The study summarized below focuses on emergency food providers and their clients who are supplied with food by food banks in the FA network.Key Findings: The FA system served by SH FB of Santa Clara & San Mateo Counties provides emergency food for an estimated 416,800 different people annually.32% of the members of households served by SH FB of Santa Clara & San Mateo Counties are children under 18 years old (Table 5.3.2).52% of households include at least one employed adult (Table 5.7.1).Among households with children, 79% are food insecure and 28% are food insecure with very low food security (Table 6.1.1.1).50% of clients served by SH FB of Santa Clara & San Mateo Counties report having to choose between paying for food and paying for utilities or heating fuel (Table 6.5.1).32% had to choose between paying for food and paying for medicine or medical care (Table 6.5.1).41% of households served by SH FB of Santa Clara & San Mateo Counties report having at least one household member in poor health (Table 8.1.1)SH FB of Santa Clara & San Mateo Counties included approximately 249 agencies at the administration of this survey, of which 197 have responded to the agency survey. Of the responding agencies, 119 had at least one food pantry, soup kitchen, or shelter.52% of pantries, 43% of kitchens, and 17% of shelters are run by faith-based agencies affiliated with churches, mosques, synagogues, and other religious organizations (Table 10.6.1).Among programs that existed in 2006, 81% of pantries, 87% of kitchens, and 81% of shelters of SH FB of Santa Clara & San Mateo Counties reported that there had been an increase since 2006 in the number of clients who come to their emergency food program sites (Table 10.8.1).Food banks are by far the single most important source of food for agencies with emergency food providers, accounting for 80% of the food distributed by pantries, 46% of the food distributed by kitchens, and 55% of the food distributed by shelters (Table 13.1.1).As many as 93% of pantries, 84% of kitchens, and 84% of shelters in SH FB of Santa Clara & San Mateo Counties use volunteers (Table 13.2.1).

Youth Violence Myths and Realities: A Tale of Three Cities

February 12, 2009

A study of media coverage of youth violence, actual crime data, and interviews with committed youth and the professionals that work with them.