SV Gives Day: Crowd Funding for the Community
May 7, 2014
Yesterday was SV Gives Day, a special 24-hour fundraising event organized by the Silicon Valley Community Foundation. The event brought together ~650 nonprofits from the local community onto the Razoo crowd funding platform. Over 14,000 donors, alongside many Bay Area companies, contributed 21,000+ donations and nearly $8 million to participating causes.
It seemed fitting that on the 100th anniversary of community foundations, SVCF is embracing the innovative trend of crowd funding, and nonprofits are sharing their stories using the latest forms of digital media and video. We think it's good for the social activism and nonprofit ecosystem to lean in on these trends, especially here in Silicon Valley.
Representatives Carlos Garcia and Jennifer Kane from SVCF also came and shared information in our lunchtime Speaker Series. A 7-person "tiger team" at Inflection organized our involvement behind the scenes, with a secret goal to get at least half of our California team engaged in giving. We exceeded three-quarters.
In addition to matching employee gifts, the Namaste Foundation contributed Seed Gifts to the following causes. We're excited about the good work these organizations are doing and encourage you to check them out:
Carry the Vision
Carry the Vision offers tools, support, and inspiration for community leaders who are interested in the power of nonviolence to create positive change and a new way of living.
Collective Roots is on a mission to promote food justice by engaging youth and communities in garden-based learning and nutrition education to positively impact health.
DreamCatchers aims to build a highly effective, low cost after school model that improves the education outcomes and health behaviors of low-income youth.
Green Foothills Foundation
Since 1962, Committee for Green Foothills has worked to protect the open space, farmlands, and natural resources of San Mateo and Santa Clara counties through advocacy, education, and grassroots action.
Living Classroom inspires children to learn and value our natural world through garden-based education.
Mindful School is on a mission to integrate mindfulness into education. They offer courses for adults worldwide to learn mindfulness and bring it to youth.
Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship
NFTE provides programs that inspire young people from low-income communities to stay in school, to recognize business opportunities and to plan for successful futures.
One Million Lights
One Million Lights improves the daily lives of children and adults by providing clean and healthy lighting.
Our City Forest
Our City Forest cultivates a green and healthy San Jose metropolis by engaging community members in the appreciation, protection, growth and maintenance of an urban ecosystem, especially urban forests.
Susty Kids develops programs that help children learn, retain and apply sustainable practices into their lives, families and communities.
SV Gives Day was unique in that it brought attention to local issues and causes. Upon reading about participating nonprofits and watching their video stories, we quickly got a deeper appreciation of just how many incredible organizations exist in our surrounding community.
Amidst all the buzz in Silicon Valley about venture deals, product launches, and acquisitions, these groups are selflessly dedicating themselves to service - rarely with much in the way of recognition or resources. They're not chasing the next big IPO, but they are mentoring kids and planting trees and promoting nonviolence and quietly healing the world…
In this respect, SV Gives Day was really about giving to those who give every day.