Silicon Valley Gives Raises $7.9 Million in 24 Hours


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.

Early reported results on the Silicon Valley Gives page on Razoo show the Sankara Eye Foundation, the U.S.-based fundraising division of the Sankara Eye Society which fights blindness in India, as the top large nonprofit fundraiser of the day, raising nearly $143,000 with approximately 700 donors. The Machine Intelligence Institute, which works on artificial intelligence, was second, with $110,000 in donations from nearly 600 donors. Those two eclipsed the third-place large nonprofit, InnVision Shelter Network, which raised just over $53,000 from 238 donors.

The reported top small nonprofits include the Burlingame Community for Education, the Intero Foundation, and the Yu-ai Kai Japanese American Community Senior Service.

Some of the nonprofits featured on Good Neighbor Stories that had a successful day include Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties, which came in fifth overall among large nonprofits, Project WeHOPE, which came in eighth among small nonprofits, The Rebuilding Alliance, Humane Society Silicon Valley, Sacred Heart Community Service, and Good Karma Bikes.

Other communities throughout the country also organized giving days on May 6, including New Orleans. In comparison to Silicon Valley Give’s $7.9 million, GiveNOLA brought in $2.2 million from more than 19,000 donations to over 300 organizations.

The Silicon Valley Gives page on Razoo will be available the rest of the year, and nonprofits that registered on the site for the event will be able to keep their pages active and accepting donations.