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Thrive Community Forum: Perspectives in Philanthropy & Corporate Citizenship

  • Sobrato Center for Nonprofits 350 Twin Dolphin Drive Redwood City, CA, 94065 United States (map)

Perspectives in Philanthropy & Corporate Citizenship

Join Dr. Emmett Carson, CEO of Silicon Valley Community Foundation, along with Bryan Breckenridge, Executive Director of, for a conversation about philanthropy and corporate citizenship in Silicon Valley. This Thrive forum will explore recurring and emerging themes for nonprofits and our local community, including how the rapidly evolving corporate landscape has impacted and will continue to shape local philanthropy.


Dr. Emmett Carson, CEO and President - Silicon Valley Community Foundation

Emmett D. Carson, Ph.D. is the founding CEO of Silicon Valley Community Foundation. An international thought leader in the field of philanthropy, in 2006 he led the unprecedented merger of two community foundations, creating SVCF. With a growth in assets from $1.7 billion in 2007 to $8.2 billion by the end of 2016, SVCF is the nation’s largest community foundation. SVCF’s 2,000 family and corporate donor funds support a wide range of causes in the Bay Area, across the nation and around the world.

Before this, Emmett had a distinguished 12-year career as CEO of The Minneapolis Foundation and, prior to that oversaw the Ford Foundation’s U.S. and global grantmaking program on philanthropy and the nonprofit sector. Emmett has published more than 100 works on philanthropy and is an authority on issues of social justice, public accountability and African American giving. He is consistently recognized as one of the most influential nonprofit leaders in the U.S. and has honorary degrees from Indiana University, Morehouse College, Becker College and The National Hispanic University. Emmett received both his master’s and Ph.D. degrees in public and international affairs from Princeton University and his bachelor’s degree in economics, Phi Beta Kappa, from Morehouse College.

Bryan Breckenridge, Executive Director -

Bryan Breckenridge is Executive Director of, Box’s philanthropic social enterprise. In his role, Bryan leads the company’s efforts to enable nonprofits to innovate and reach their mission. Prior to Box, Bryan founded the nonprofit-facing pillar of LinkedIn for Good supporting nonprofits’ successful use of LinkedIn. Previously, Bryan was Director of Nonprofits and Education at the which leverages’s people, technology and resources to improve communities. Bryan serves on two nonprofit boards serving youth and families near San Francisco and is a member of the Clinton Global Initiative Advisory Council. Bryan received a Bachelors degree as class valedictorian in Journalism at the University of Kansas.