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…]

Five Ways to be a Good Neighbor in May

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Silicon Valley GivesApril showers bring…weeds! I was greeted by a whole new crop of weeds at my community garden plot this week. My May will include heavy doses of weed pulling, digging, and finally planting vegetable and flower seedlings for a summer/fall harvest. In between weeding and digging sessions, I’ll also be taking part in some community-building activities.

What about you? What will you be doing to make your world a better place this month? I’ve got five suggestions for you right here.

1. Make Silicon Valley Giving History: Tuesday, May 6, marks the first Silicon Valley Gives, a single-day online fundraising event for several hundred nonprofits in San Mateo, Santa Clara and San Benito counties. The Silicon Valley Community Foundation is organizing the drive, in honor of the 100th anniversary of community foundations. The day is in part modeled after the wildly successful #GivingTuesday, which launched nationally the Tuesday after Thanksgiving in 2012 and grew exponentially in 2013. By concentrating efforts on raising money on a single day to a single fundraising platform, smaller nonprofits benefit from the wave of publicity generated by the event. Find your favorite valley charity on Razoo.com and give a donation on May 6. [Read more…]