Last week, NCG staff had the opportunity to participate in the Silicon Valley Community Foundation’s 5th Anniversary Regional Meeting. A special celebration to mark what is traditionally known as the “wood anniversary” – while admittedly not the most alluring of celebratory symbols, perhaps a fitting metaphor for the lasting and powerful impact this community foundation has already had in the Peninsula. The redwoods dotting the landscape jump to mind.
Featuring an inspiring keynote from Vice President Al Gore, the afternoon event left guests with a sense of pride for the great work undertaken in the past years, and a charge moving forward to set sights on implementing change with a long-term vision.
SVCF President & CEO, Dr. Emmett Carson welcomed the crowd of more than 1,400 guests and shared highlights of the foundation’s successes, both since the earliest days of the merged foundation (over $1 billion in grants awarded in just 5 years, more than the combined grantmaking of the parent foundations over their lifetime) and in the last year (the establishment of a Donor Circle for the Environment, seeded with a $100,000 matching gift from the David & Lucile Packard Foundation).
Dr. Carson also shared with the audience a newly released report, Tying the Knot: The Founding of Silicon Valley Community Foundation, this detailed case study, captured by award-winning journalist Janet Rae-Dupree outlines the candid details of a complicated merger between two, very different, community foundations (the Community Foundation of Silicon Valley serving Santa Clara County and the Peninsula Community Foundation serving San Mateo County).
The union of these complementary, yet fundamentally different, foundations is told in this compelling case study that shares moments of inspiration as well as deeply rooted philosophical challenges in the creation of the largest community foundation in existence.
Happy birthday, Silicon Valley Community Foundation – we are are all very fortunate indeed for the thoughtful investments you make in our region!