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Silicon Valley Gives: Hundreds of Charities Poised to Benefit from May 6 Fundraising Event

>PRWEB.COM Newswire

Mountain View, CA (PRWEB) April 16, 2014

Silicon Valley Gives (SVGives), hosted by Silicon Valley Community Foundation (SVCF) with lead sponsorship from Microsoft, aims to raise millions in charitable donations for nonprofit organizations in San Mateo, Santa Clara and San Benito counties during 24 hours of online giving. To gain attention from potential donors – who can support their favorite charities with contributions starting at just $10 – SVCF will host events at local Microsoft setail stores, several Whole Foods markets and other locations on May 6. We are also excited to announce that PayPal will add a 1% match to each donation paid with PayPal on SVGives Day, up to a maximum of $50,000. Donations will be collected online at http://www.svgives.org.

"Enthusiasm about SVGives is running high in the local nonprofit community, and for good reason," said Emmett Carson, CEO and president of Silicon Valley Community Foundation. "This event will raise awareness of – and money for – the many terrific organizations working to make our communities stronger, and along the way we are helping nonprofits strengthen their own capacity to attract donors and build for the future."

With support from Microsoft, the Sobrato Family Foundation and sponsorship by Applied Materials, SVCF has hosted nearly two dozen training sessions for nonprofit organizations since last fall, with topics ranging from using social media to engage donors to storytelling strategies to help inform the public about their work in the community. These sessions are designed both to help charities maximize their potential donations and to help them build capacity for future fundraising, marketing and communications efforts.

"SVGives is an opportunity for us to make a significant, targeted impact on the organizations doing critical philanthropic work in our community," said Dan'l Lewin, Corporate Vice President of Technology and Civic Engagement at Microsoft. "SVGives is an innovative and engaging way for organizations to tap into the vast resources of Silicon Valley in an effort to better the lives of its citizens."

With fewer than 30 days left until SVGives, SVCF and its sponsors are preparing for several day-of events that will attract attention from donors and spur online giving.

On May 6, SVGives volunteers will be onsite at the Microsoft retail stores at Westfield Valley Fair and the Stanford Shopping Center. Volunteers will also be present at Santana Row and at several Whole Foods markets in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties. Media sponsor KFOX (98.5FM and 102.1FM) will broadcast live from Whole Foods in Palo Alto. In addition, SVCF is building momentum for the day among donors with a print and digital advertising campaign across the region.

In addition to Microsoft and Whole Foods, SVGives is sponsored by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Sobrato Family Foundation, Gordon Russell and Bettina McAdoo, Maxygen, Kaiser Permanente, NVIDIA, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation and many other generous companies and foundations. For a complete list of sponsors, click here. Media sponsors are KFOX, NBC Bay Area, the San Jose Mercury News, South Valley Newspapers and Telemundo 48.

For more information about Silicon Valley Gives, visit http://www.svgives.org.

About Silicon Valley Community Foundation
Silicon Valley Community Foundation makes all forms of philanthropy more powerful. We serve as a catalyst and leader for innovative solutions to our region's most challenging problems, and our donors award more money to charities than any other community foundation in the United States. SVCF has more than $4.7 billion in assets under management. As Silicon Valley's center of philanthropy, we provide thousands of individuals, families and corporations with simple and effective ways to give locally and around the world. Find out more at http://www.siliconvalleycf.org.

CONTACTS:
Sidney Griffin, Silicon Valley Community Foundation
650.450.5525 or sggriffin(at)siliconvalleycf(dot)org

Emily Horn, Microsoft
650.693.2262 or emhorn(at)microsoft(dot)com

Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/04/prweb11768561.htm

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