Silicon Valley Gives Raises $7.9 Million in 24 Hours

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photo-81The first Silicon Valley Gives appears to be a rousing success, bringing in $7.9 million for more than 650 local charities on a single day. More than 14,600 unique donors made 21,500 donations to more than 650 nonprofits in San Mateo, Santa Clara and San Benito counties.

The fundraiser came together over several months, organized by the Silicon Valley Community Foundation as a 100th anniversary celebration of community foundations. It was sponsored by Microsoft, the Knight Foundation, the Sobrato Foundation, Razoo, and dozens of other businesses and foundations. Razoo served as the online giving platform for the single-day giving event. [Read more...]

Leukemia Slayer Playing Santa to Kids With Cancer Third Year in a Row

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Santa Slayer at the Four SeasonsLong before there was a Batkid, there was The Leukemia Slayer, the alter ego of 12-year-old Jacob Goeders from Mountain View, who has been fighting the disease since December 2010. Besides using his super powers to give nasty cancer cells the one-two punch, the Slayer leads the way each holiday season to raise money to buy presents for other kids on the oncology ward at Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital.

“I wanted to make other kids feel good, and I wanted to do something,” Jacob told me during last year’s fundraiser he dubbed The Santa Slayer Project. “I felt good because I was helping other kids who were stuck in the hospital like I was.”

In 2010, Jacob nearly spent Christmas in the hospital undergoing treatment, and it was that memory one year later that spurred him to start the annual project. His family had started The Leukemia Slayer Facebook Page earlier in 2011 (Jacob picked out the alter ego name for himself), and by the fall he had already had amassed about 2,000 followers. He asked them to each send in $1 so he could by presents, and amazingly he did raise about $2,000. [Read more...]

#GivingTuesday Asks Us to Open Wallets for More Than Shopping

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GT-Web-Banner250x250-redJust as “Black Friday” branded itself into the collective consciousness, #GivingTuesday is on a pace to do the same for single-day charitable giving. Already the event has doubled in size over last year, with more than 5,000 nonprofits, corporations, and community groups signed up as #GivingTuesday partners.

In just two weeks, on Tuesday, Dec. 3, millions of dollars are expected to flow into the coffers of nonprofits, mostly through online donations. Some of the Bay Area nonprofits participating this year include the Bill Wilson Center, Samaritan House, both the Habitat for Humanity San Francisco and East Bay/Silicon Valley chapters, the Oakland Youth Chorus, and Loaves and Fishes, among others. [Read more...]

‘Unless’ Carnival For Those Who Care a Whole Awful Lot

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Hana Reinhardt and Cole, a Humane Society Silicon Valley foster dog.

An 11-year-old girl is inspiring her Sunnyvale church to take a page out of Dr. Seuss “The Lorax”, and host an “Unless” Carnival on Saturday, Oct. 12, to raise money and awareness for rescued pets and homeless people, and make the world a better place along the way.

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, Nothing is going to get better. It’s not,” says The Lorax in the famous children’s book. That quote became the basis for the “Unless” Carnival, led by Hana Reinhardt of Congregational Community Church, who took hold of the carnival idea and drummed up support from others to make it a reality.

The carnival will feature game booths, a rummage sale, food, prizes, and animals ready for adoption. All the proceeds will go to the Humane Society Silicon Valley, and the Faith In Action Silicon Valley Rotating Shelter. It takes place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the church, 1112 S. Bernardo Ave., Sunnyvale.

“We will have something for people of all ages to enjoy,” Hana said in a church press release. When asked how much a carnival can do to make a difference for the homeless people and animals, Hana responded, “When we help even just one, it makes a difference to that one.” [Read more...]

Funds Needed for Poster Asking Us to See, Not Watch, Our Neighbors

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see-my-neighbors-not-watch-poster-Micah-Bazant-Reach-and-Teach-Indiegogo-crowdraising“I don’t watch my neighbors. I see them.”

So starts a poster recently created by San Francisco Bay Area artist Micah Bazant, to promote seeing our neighbors with compassion, rather than suspicion. The team at Reach and Teach in San Mateo, and Bazant, are partnering to promote the poster on Indiegogo, a crowdsourcing platform for raising money and awareness for charitable causes.

Reach and Teach is seeking $2,000 to fund the first print run of posters, to be sold for $10 each. A portion of the sales will go to Bazant, and another portion will go to the Oakland organization, Justice for Families, which originally commissioned the poster. Fundraising started Aug. 14, and ends Sept. 20. The project had raised more than $1,100 as of Sept. 11. [Read more...]

Too Many Nonprofits Confusing Donors; Collaboration a Must to Solve Big Problems

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Kay Sprinkel Grace

There are way too many nonprofits.

That was the blunt observation fundraising consultant and best-selling author Kay Sprinkel Grace made to a couple hundred nonprofit leaders and staff people at Nonprofit Boot Camp, last week in Mountain View.

Her point, that donors are confused by the large number of nonprofits surrounding similar issues and challenges. Donors want to know that their money is going toward solutions, not toward supporting an organization’s existence.

The answer, she said, is in collaboration between nonprofits, government, and business.

“Nobody thinks we can do it alone anymore. We’ve got to partner, we’ve got to collaborate,” she said. “One of our problems is—and I’m here to tell you at a Nonprofit Boot Camp—we have way too many nonprofits. Way too many nonprofits, I’m sorry. And I’m not saying that any of you are not of value. But I’m saying that for our donors it is totally confusing, because donors behave in a “both/and” way, not an “either/or.” [Read more...]

Silicon Valley Solidarity Run for Boston on Monday Evening

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Picture 3Members of Silicon Valley’s running community are gathering in Mountain View on Monday, April 22, to run in solidarity with victims of the Boston Marathon bombings last Monday. A local running store is hosting the event, and will be taking orders for t-shirts as part of a fundraiser for The One Fund Boston.

The “Runners for Boston Solidarity Run” will take place at 6:30 p.m. along the Stevens Creek Trail. Anyone interested in participating in the four-mile fun run/walk is encouraged to meet before 6:30 p.m., by the Burger King in the Mountain View Shopping Center, 177 W. El Camino Real. [Read more...]

The One Fund Boston Launches to Help Bombing Victims

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Picture 2Within hours of the bombings at the Boston Marathon on Monday, government officials and business people conferred together to create The One Fund Boston, to raise money to help approximately 180 victims of the attack. By Friday the new nonprofit had raised $10 million.

“I am humbled by the outpouring of support by the business community and individuals who are united in their desire to help; The One Fund Boston will act as a central fund to receive much needed financial support,” Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick said in a press release. “At moments like this, we are one state, one city, and one people.”

According to Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, support from the business community was immediate.

“Within an hour, I had calls from business leaders and local philanthropists who, like me, were heartbroken by the impact this hideous tragedy has had on individuals, their families, and friends. And they want to do everything they can to help these people physically and psychologically in the future,” the mayor said. [Read more...]

South Bay Blue Star Moms Hosting Casino Night to Raise Funds for Troops

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south-bay-blue-star-moms-casino-night-san-joseSouth Bay Blue Star Moms (SBBSM) is holding its 6th Annual Casino Night Fundraiser, on April 20, 2013, to support local veterans and military families, and to raise funds to send care packages to the troops overseas.

Casino Night is from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m., at  The Lodge, 444 W. Alma Ave., in San Jose. Tickets are $25 per person and are available at sbbsmtickets@yahoo.com or at the door.

There will also be a Texas Hold ‘Em Tournament, at a cost of $20.00 per person. Advanced registration required; contact Carolyn at cwsilberman@yahoo.com.  All participants must be 21 years old or older, ID required; there are no refunds.

To attend the event, please call Cathy Crowder with the SBBSM at (408) 235-9835 or (408) 799-5151. [Read more...]

Silicon Valley Rotating Shelter for Homeless Men Celebrates First Year With Benefit Concert

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faith-in-action-silicon-valley-rotating-shelter-choral-project-benefit-concertVolunteer leaders of the Faith in Action Silicon Valley Rotating Shelter (“SV Rotating Shelter”) announced recently that as of their one year anniversary on March 3, they have provided shelter and other life-enhancing services to 68 homeless men throughout Santa Clara County; 33 have become employed and moved into permanent housing.

To mark the one year anniversary and encourage community involvement, SV Rotating Shelter is hosting a Celebration and Benefit Concert Saturday, May 4, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., at the Congregational Community Church, 1112 S. Bernardo Avenue (at Remington) in Sunnyvale, CA.

The featured choral group for the evening is The Choral Project, headquartered in San Jose. The concert is a ‘thank you gift’ to the community from the Choral Project, and proceeds will benefit the future operations of the Shelter.Tickets are $20 each and may be ordered through Eventbrite: http://thechoralproject-faithinaction-efbevent.eventbrite.com/

“We are excited to celebrate a successful first year,” said Cathey Edwards, who serves as the non-paid executive director. “Faith groups and [Read more...]