September News

Partners Sharing Passions

Pitch a Cause Close To Your Heart

Thursday, 9/29 | 5:00pm - 6:00pm | Zoom

Have an exceptional nonprofit you'd like to share with others? An area of social impact you’re passionate about? All are welcome to come learn from SV2 Partners about the causes closest to their hearts. Current SV2 Partners will have three minutes to pitch one nonprofit, social enterprise, or social impact cause they support. We’ll share information on all organizations afterwards for those who would like to learn more.


About that Backyard Impact Social...

135 Changemakers Celebrate the End of Summer

On the last Sunday of August, SV2 community members connected with old friends and new at the home of SV2 Partners Aarti and Asheem Chandna. We enjoyed the musical stylings of an SFJAZZ youth trio ensemble and inhaled fresh gelato and boba lattes from local food entrepreneurs under one-hundred-year-old redwoods. 



Upcoming Workshop:

Developing a Strategy for Social Change

Wednesday, 9/28 | 10:00am - 12:00pm | Zoom

Join us for an interactive workshop taught by Paul Brest, faculty co-director of the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society. You will learn how to assess an organization’s strategy for social change or develop your own—from defining the problem you’re trying to solve and understanding its causes, to developing a theory of change for solving it and agreeing on indicators of progress for its implementation.



Climate Justice Grant Round Kick Off

Thursday, 10/06 | 12:30pm - 2:30pm | Zoom

Our Fall Grant Round on Climate Justice, led by SV2 Partners Jennifer McFarlane and Nancy Grove, is kicking off in October! Join our group to confront the realities of climate justice in the Bay Area and hear from diverse, action-oriented leaders.


Impact Investing:

September Monthly Pitches 

Wednesday, 9/14 | 11:30am - 1:30pm | Zoom

Our Impact Investing Group (IIG), led by SV2 Partner Leaders Aarti Chandna, Jason Chen, and Werner Goetz, has launched FY22-23 impact investing. This week, we will hear from two exciting social enterprise startups as well as share how we are growing our impact investing practice at SV2. We hope you will join our group to learn and lead at the cutting edge of this growing trend in modern giving. 



Seimi Chu

Seimi's chief goal in life is to help people live meaningfully through giving and leadership. Her time helping indigent individuals at the Superior Court of California opened her eyes to the disparity between people with and without power. She worked on child custody, dissolution and temporary restraining orders with self-represented litigants who could not afford lawyers. Seimi received a B.A. and M.A. from Stanford University. She performed with the Stanford Symphony Orchestra as a harpist and served as President of Stanford Pre-Law Society and Korean Students Association. Seimi currently works at the Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen Foundation as a Senior Program Analyst.

Connect with Seimi on mySV2


SV2 Grantee Partner Celebrations, Volunteer Opportunities, and Events

Code Tenderloin | Workforce Development

There are various volunteer needs (both in person and online) at Code Tenderloin, starting at 1-2 hours/week. We can work with students directly and help them secure long term employment and succeed at their work places. Learn more

ICA | Business Accelerator

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

One Life Counseling Center | Mental Health

September 22nd is the Night of Inspiration is our premier annual fundraising event, with a goal of raising $350,000 to fund critical programs at One LIfe Counseling Services. Funds raised will directly support our individual counseling, school based counseling and group therapy programs, and community services such as Music & Memory, Suicide Prevention, as well as training, therapy and support for other non-profit entities like the Police Activities League, local first responders, and bay area churches. RSVP here

Puente de la Costa Sur | Economic Opportunity

Please join Puente Fall Harvest Celebration to commemorate Puente's 25 years of service on the South Coast! RSVP here

Safe & Sound | Child Abuse Prevention

Use your lunch break for good! Invite Safe & Sound staff to inform and educate the employees at your company. Child abuse is a pervasive, often overlooked, ill in our community. While our city faces many social challenges, including poverty, homelessness, crime, and addiction, child abuse is often the hidden, contributing factor that directly impacts all of us. Eradicating child abuse from society will take effort from all of us, and you can help. Host a Lunch & Learn

Upward Scholars | Economic Inclusion

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


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 offering local leaders a way to connect, learn, and practice innovative giving in community

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