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Moving forward: New CEO plans for Silicon Valley Community Foundation's 2.0 version

Original post made on Jun 5, 2019

After a workplace bullying and misconduct scandal that rocked the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, its new president and CEO, Stanford University graduate Nicole Taylor, says she aims to bring the foundation into its 2.0 version.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, June 5, 2019, 9:40 AM

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Posted by What do they do?
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 5, 2019 at 1:56 pm

I was looking for some specifics of what they do. I am still scratching my head about how you have a philanthropic foundation that large that can either be so stealthy or worse, ineffectual. It was bound to happen, people in such an organization don’t rub elbows with or take input from people with firsthand knowledge about most of the problems they could solve.

Some specific outcomes, problems solved would be great after an article this thorough about how much money they have.


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Posted by Exactly
a resident of Fairmeadow
on Jun 5, 2019 at 2:04 pm

@What do they do
Exactly. It's much easier to say what they don't do, which is give meaningful support to nonprofits *in their community* like community foundations are supposed to do.

One thing they *are* good at is shielding their donors from taxation, however.


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Posted by Exactly
a resident of Fairmeadow
on Jun 5, 2019 at 2:05 pm

Exactly. It's much easier to say what they don't do, which is give meaningful support to nonprofits *in their community* like community foundations are supposed to do.

One thing they *are* good at is shielding their donors from taxation, however.


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Posted by SVCF Grantee Database tells it all
a resident of another community
on Jun 5, 2019 at 3:26 pm

According to the SVCF grantee database, in 2018, $433,524,530 was granted to non-profits in Santa Clara County, yet Mountain View's Community Services Agency received 165K in 2018. Seriously? The SVCF grantee database is a real eye-opener Web Link

With 13 Billion in assets SVCF, based in Mountain View has the resources to make a real difference. How can their affluent donors be so out of touch with the reality of what is happening locally? Do they not believe that those in need are worthy of their philanthropy? I understand that DAFs are directed by the donor, but calling this organization a 'Community' foundation is a misnomer. I hope this new CEO turns things around, she seems to 'get it', time will tell, if not it will continue to just be a tax shelter for the wealthy.


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