Partnering with Social Ventures and Going Strong Together

In the midst of challenging times, we have opportunities to support each other and become stronger as a community. We appreciate the ways that SV2 Grantees, Impact Investees, and Partners are continuing to advance meaningful social impact at this time.


SV2 Bright Spots: Uplifting Updates

We realize many of our community members might be feeling overwhelmed due to rising challenges surrounding COVID-19 disruptions and ramifications. In an effort to disrupt news feeds full of discouraging news, we are sharing some of the bright and impactful work happening currently in our SV2 community. Read more and find out what's new!


SV2 Spring Gathering Postponed to Fall

Like many other organizations, SV2 is having to adjust our plans due to COVID-19. Since so much of our Spring Gathering involves bringing our community together, we have decided to move our currently planned program and speakers to our Fall Gathering. In lieu of Spring Gathering, we hope to have one or two smaller, more casual events over the summer, assuming public health guidelines enable a return by then to a normal social gathering environment.


Welcome, new Partners!

Dayo lawo is a technology practitioner who is passionate about education and providing equitable opportunities to under-served communities. He currently works at Google as an Associate Principal on Google Cloud where he has been on the board of the Diversity Impact Fund and volunteered for the Google Science Fair.

Victory Omotayo is a business strategist and serial entrepreneur with a personal mission to demystify entrepreneurship as a means of propelling women forward into business ownership. She is currently the founder of 24 Hour Woman, an online Accelerator where she provides training and coaching to women who want to start their own business.


Polly Ragusa's early career was in the Juvenile Justice System where she worked as a probation counselor. She later worked in healthcare for several years, and the high-tech world caught her for her "final" career journey, specifically working at Cisco for many years. Polly’s professional expertise is in the broad area of Organization Development and Leadership Development. Her philanthropic interests are varied with a special interest in ensuring access to education for all, and empowering women to move beyond their current situations.

Recently Renewing Partners: Thanks to these Partners for their continued support to enable SV2's high-impact grantmaking and learning programs in the year ahead.
Akiko Yamazaki & Jerry Yang
Amelia Wong
Carmen Muñoz Chappuis
Carol & Burton Goldfield
Crisanta De Guzman & Bryce Lee
Dan Barritt
David & Saidah Dill
David Walling
Denise Chilow
Diane & Mark Parnes
Excelsior Impact Fund
Gayathri Radhakrishnan & Ravi Swaminathan
Jennie Savage & John Dawson
Jennifer McFarlane & Terry Connelly
Jill & Deane Malott
JoAnne Tillemans
Jody & Curtis Chang
Josh Becker & Jonna Hunter
Julie Aleman
Julie Cates

Kelly Pope & David Bulfer
Kevin & Akmaral Krogmann
Kumiko Yoshinari & Jeff Svoboda
Lance Fors & Shari Selover-Fors
Laurie Hunter & Jonathan MacQuitty
Linda Lazor
Lisa & Marc Jones
Lisa Sobrato Sonsini & Matthew Sonsini
Mark Wilson & Debbie Dalzell
Mindy & Jesse Rogers
Paru Desai
Paul & Iris Brest
Rachel & Rick Klausner
Ranae DeSantis
Ron & Riki Morita
Sand Hill Foundation
Steve & Nancy Levy
Susan Nash
Yao Zou & Werner Goetz
Yellow Chair Foundation

Upcoming Events

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WED. APR. 15 | 10:15AM - 11:15AM

Prospective Partner Circle - Virtual Event

We invite prospective SV2 Partners to join us and learn how SV2 works, ways to engage, learn and lead within the SV2 community, and share what you are hoping for from your SV2 experience as you explore our community.

WED. APR. 15 | 11:30AM - 1:30PM

April Impact Investing Working Group - Virtual Event

The SV2 Impact Investing Working Group (IIWG) discusses prospective impact investment opportunities, hears pitches from social entrepreneurs, and performs due diligence in order to make informed investment decisions on behalf of SV2. All Partners are welcome to begin regularly attending IIWG meetings at any point in the year or are welcome to audit meetings on a drop-in basis. Program will begin at 11:30am. Please hold the entire time for now; the event may end earlier.

SUN. APR. 26 | 1:30PM - 4:00PM

SV2 Teens: Grant Decision & Allocation Meeting - Virtual Event

Teens will review what they have learned, reflect about their virtual site visits, and ultimately decide how they want to allocate their grant funds to the organizations where they did virtual site visits.


North Fair Oaks Community Grant Round Meeting #4 - Virtual Event

At Meeting #4, Partners will hear presentations from the Executive Directors of the three finalist organizations. Program will begin at 11:30am and will run till 2pm (note extended time to allow for three presentations + discussion -- and breaks).

WED. APR. 29 | 12:00PM - 1:30PM

Impact Investing Interest Circle - Virtual Event

This ongoing Partner-led event provides a space to explore impact investing more broadly and more personally as a complement to the Impact Investing Working Group’s activities. Our guest will be Andy Behar, the founder and CEO of As You Sow, the nation’s non-profit leader in shareholder advocacy. Andy will discuss how easy and impactful it is to pledge your public equities’ proxies to a shareholder activist like As you Sow to create lasting change that benefits people, planet, and profit. Andy will also discuss their coalition building and innovative legal strategies that promote environmental and social corporate responsibility. RSVP by emailing SV2 Partner Tony Stayner, or contact Tony with questions.

THUR. APR. 30 | 6:00PM - 7:30PM

New Partner Orientation – Virtual Event

You’re a new Partner and we want to set you up for success! Join other new Partners at an orientation where we’ll talk about the ins and outs of SV2 – how our grantmaking and impact investing work, community norms and guidelines, answers to FAQs and more.

SUN. MAY. 3 | 1:30PM - 4:00PM

SV2 Teens: Celebration and Reflections – Virtual Event

Families and nonprofit leaders join the Teens for a celebration and ceremony led by the SV2 Teens in which they present their learnings, future goals, and the grant checks to their nonprofit Grantees.

MON. MAY. 4 | 5:15PM - 6:15PM

Prospective Partner Circle - Virtual Event

We invite prospective SV2 Partners to join us and learn how SV2 works, ways to engage, learn and lead within the SV2 community, and share what you are hoping for from your SV2 experience as you explore our community.

MON. MAY. 4 | 6:30PM - 9:00PM

Environment Lightning Grant Round Meeting 1 of 2 - Virtual Event

Environmental issues are now at the forefront of challenges facing the world, with many implications for the Bay Area and our local communities. Join us as we learn more about important issues such as the climate crisis and solutions, conservation, and water and ways to support as givers and changemakers. This Lightning Grant Round (LGR) will happen in Spring and Fall 2020, and is co-led by SV2 Partners Bill Brownell and Jennifer McFarlane, and SV2 Staff Amy Badiani.


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