May News

Community Impact and Celebration Night

On April 6th, we gathered in Redwood City to further “move the needle on goodness.” 150+ community-based organizations, youth, families, city and county officials, funders and other changemakers recognized and celebrated our accomplishments in education, wellness, and equity in Redwood City and North Fair Oaks. Our event sparked deeper dialogue and collaboration on key priorities moving forward. This event was co-hosted by Redwood City Together and SV2. 


SV2 Impact Investing | May Monthly Pitches

Wednesday, 5/17 | 11:30am - 2:00pm | Zoom

The SV2 Impact Investing Group (IIG) convenes monthly to hear two social enterprise startups and/or impact venture funds pitch. Partners are invited to provide input on the pitches and volunteer to work with staff and Partner Leaders on due diligence. All SV2 Partners are welcome to begin regularly attending IIG meetings at any point in the year or are welcome to attend meetings on a drop-in basis. Immediately following the Monthly Pitches are Investment Committee (IC) meetings to report on due diligence from the previous month and make decisions on investment selection on behalf of SV2. All Partners in IIG are welcome to observe the IC Meetings immediately following the Monthly Pitches.


SV2 Values-Aligned Investing

Thursday, 5/18 and 5/25 | 12:00pm - 1:30pm PT | Zoom

Join ValuesAdvisor’s Kate Simpson and SV2 CEO David Onek for a two-session workshop on Values-Aligned Investing on May 18 and May 25. With a focus on interactive discussion and community building, the workshop will help you better align your investments with your values. You will be guided through a unique, personal reflection journey that incorporates guided meditations with group work and journal writing. The workshop is designed for all levels of expertise, from novice impact investors to experienced practitioners: all will uncover new learnings. The material in session 2 will build on the material from session 1, so we’re encouraging participants to attend both sessions for the fullest experience.

RSVP for Part 1 | May 18
RSVP for Part 2 | May 25


Diane Schweitzer & Steve Schramm

After forays into investment banking and consulting, Diane moved to the philanthropic sector where she has worked for 30 years. She served for six years as a member of the senior management team at the Robin Hood Foundation, one of the first venture philanthropies. Starting in 2000 in the Bay Area, Diane’s consulting focused on organizational transformation of philanthropic organizations and nonprofit agencies. She most recently served as the Interim Chief Program Officer for Patient Care at the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. In her spare time, Diane loves to hike, ski, sing, and avoid cooking at all costs. 

Steve Schramm led seven startups over 30 years and now provides executive mentorship to small businesses in a variety of fields, primarily climate change mitigation and medical breakthroughs. Steve provides mentoring via Stanford StartX, MIT UPOP, and related groups. Steve wants to see more successful women in tech and actively mentors female entrepreneur founders, works on the STEM inclusion taskforce (The Tech) to keep girls 10-16 engaged in tech, and supports female entrepreneurs in the Middle East via Gaza Sky Geeks and Manara. Steve regularly plays ultimate frisbee, tennis and golf, skis, and enjoys cooking, fortunately.

Steve & Diane travel aggressively throughout the world. They live in Mountain View, California, and have two sons in Seattle and Tucson.

Joanna Zhu

Joanna Zhu has been working in the fund administration industry for 10 years, primarily focusing on Ventures and Private Equity. Before her son was born, she did volunteer work organized by her employer once a month. Her current interests include but are not limited to education and climate change.


Mujeres Unidas y Activas

We are seeking English Language Tutors to work one on one with staff on Zoom. The commitment is 1-2 hrs per week and training is provided. Contact María José Bastias ( to learn more and apply.


SV@Home is thrilled to announce Affordable Housing Month 2023! This year’s theme is #BuildingCommunity. During the entire month of May, SV@Home convenes our region’s housing partners to host dozens of virtual workshops, webinars, and creative community engagement opportunities in order to activate and engage our community of housing advocates and the general public around our housing challenges and solutions.

Upward Scholars

Upward Scholars is looking for conversation-only partners to help students practice and improve their English conversation skills in a more casual, friendly virtual setting with a fluent English speaker. Fluent English-speaking partners are expected to meet with their students on a weekly basis virtually, participate in a minimum of one 45-60 minute session or three 15-20 minute sessions a week, provide help with English vocabulary, and gently correct English grammar and pronunciation errors. If you are interested in volunteering to serve as an English Conversation Partner to work virtually one-on-one with one of our students, please complete this short interest form here.

Food Distribution with Redwood City Together | Community Initiative

Join us for some community volunteering on Friday, May 12 from 3-6pm! This is a monthly food distribution where 200-300 families benefit from healthy and free groceries. This is an exciting in person, family friendly volunteer opportunity to be in community with Redwood City Together, our new Community Initiative Grantee Partner. We have five slots available for the SV2 community each month. RSVP


SV2 Grantee and Investee Partner Celebrations and Events


We’re proving what’s possible when you empower the next generation of leaders with the skills, networks, experiences, and confidence necessary to launch a strong career. Our 2023 Jobs Report is out!


Shop the ICA Marketplace! | By shopping with us, you’re helping the Bay Area small business ecosystem thrive. Shop now.

Una Vida | One Life Counseling

Una Vida is a division under One Life that provides mental health support and services for the latinx community. Please join us on May 11 at 6pm in hearing about our program, how we are increasing our services for the underserved community and our goals for the future! We also know how imporant self care is so please join us for a salsa lesson led by an instructor. The profit from this night will go to more free and affordable therapy sessions, parenting groups, teen/children groups and workshops for the community. RSVP.

Upward Scholars

Supporting local small businesses started and owned by Upward Scholars students and alumni helps students continue to live out their entrepreneurial dreams! Support a student

Upward Scholars

In 2023, one of Upward Scholars' goals and priorities is to acquire no-cost or low-cost office space for our now seven-person team, and we need your help! The ideal Upward Scholars office:
Located in Redwood City (or East Palo Alto to Belmont) Accessible by public transit
With dedicated parking or street parking
Approximately a 400-square-foot space for shared coworking With access to a conference room
Accommodates the presence of children during work hours Available beyond the traditional Monday to Friday, 9 am to 5 pm workday
With a minimum 10-month lease

If you know of spaces that might be a good fit, please contact us: and


Are you looking for ways to accelerate your community impact and advance your equity goals?  Listen4Good just opened registration for its next round of feedback programs that kick off in July! 

Listen4Good is a capacity-building initiative, launched by Fund for Shared Insight, that supports nonprofits to build high-quality, equity-focused feedback loops with those they serve. Over time, organizations that work with L4G become more client-centric, more impactful, and also more inclusive—fostering shared partnerships with their clients.

Over the course of 18 months, organizations will benefit from 1:1 coaching, robust survey tools, and peer learning opportunities. To learn more, attend one of our upcoming free informational webinars or schedule a time to chat with a Listen4Good teammate. Ask L4G how we can help you secure a funder to support your participation in Listen4Good. Register by June 1, 2023 here.


The Social Impact Book Club, led by SV2 Partner Paru Desai, is for current Partners only and meets on the 3rd Sunday of each month. Join the Book Club on mySV2!

About SV2

Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund (SV2) is a learning community of everyday givers committed to accelerating equity in the Bay Area through grantmaking and impact investing. For over 20 years, SV2 has been a trusted social innovation leader supporting locals to connect, learn, and practice giving in community alongside their peers. 

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