Wed08272014

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Silicon Valley Gives: Local charities poised to benefit from fundraiser


Courtesy of Los Altos Community Foundation
State Assemblyman Jerry Hill presents the Krause Center for Innovation’s Gay Krause with the 13th District Woman of the Year award April 16. Krause is participating in Silicon Valley Gives.

More than 500 nonprofit groups have registered to participate in the May 6 Silicon Valley Gives fundraiser, hosted by the Silicon Valley Community Foundation with lead sponsorship from Microsoft Corp.

Organizers aim to raise millions in charitable donations for nonprofit organizations in Santa Clara, San Mateo and San Benito counties during 24 hours of online giving.

The Silicon Valley Community Foundation has scheduled events at local Microsoft retail stores, several Whole Foods Markets and other locations May 6. PayPal will add a 1 percent match to each donation paid with PayPal during Silicon Valley Gives, up to a maximum of $50,000. Donations will be collected online at svgives.org.

“Enthusiasm about SVGives is running high in the local nonprofit community, and for good reason,” said Emmett Carson, CEO and president of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation. “This event will raise awareness of – and money for – the many terrific organizations working to make our communities stronger, and along the way we are helping nonprofits strengthen their own capacity to attract donors and build for the future.”

The Krause Center for Innovation (KCI) at Foothill College is among the participating groups. KCI received a $50,000 matching grant from the Reddere Foundation and hopes to raise $100,000 through Silicon Valley Gives.

“Imagine all the teachers we can train and students we can impact this summer and fall,” said Gay Krause, KCI executive director. “We’re passionate about our mission here at the Krause Center for Innovation. ... Our goal is to transform teaching to transform learning for students.”

With support from Microsoft, the Sobrato Family Foundation and sponsorship by Applied Materials, the Silicon Valley Community Foundation has hosted nearly two dozen training sessions for nonprofit organizations since last fall, with topics ranging from using social media to engage donors to storytelling strategies to help inform the public about their work in the community. The sessions are designed to help charities maximize their potential donations and build capacity for future fundraising, marketing and communications efforts.

“SVGives is an opportunity for us to make a significant, targeted impact on the organizations doing critical philanthropic work in our community,” said Dan’l Lewin, corporate vice president of technology and civic engagement at Microsoft. “SVGives is an innovative and engaging way for organizations to tap into the vast resources of Silicon Valley in an effort to better the lives of its citizens.”

For more information, visit svgives.org.

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