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Philanthropy Matters: Regional Funding Priorities for 2019 and Beyond

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

Philanthropy Matters: Regional Funding Priorities for 2019 and Beyond

The first Thrive community forum of the year brought together nonprofit, public sector, and corporate leaders to discuss regional funding priorities for 2019 and beyond. It was a great opportunity to hear from philanthropy experts about giving trends and emerging initiatives to support Silicon Valley; to learn recent findings from the Northern California Grantmakers survey on nonprofit displacement and discuss their implications for our community; and to connect with each other and discuss potential partnerships toward solutions.

We had the opportunity to sit down with Nicole Taylor, the new CEO of Silicon Valley Community Foundation (SVCF). Nicole gave us a window in her world – sharing stories about her childhood, what forged her path in philanthropy, and what she brings to her new role at SVCF. We had an engaging conversation on everything from the future of SVCF, to how nonprofits and philanthropy can strengthen their organizational cultures. We also discussed Donor Advised Funds (DAFs), and ways to cultivate more transparency and creatively connect nonprofits with major gift opportunities from these funds.

Copies of presentations, prepared by our esteemed speakers, are available below:


A special thank you to our speakers for their wisdom and insightful conversations:

  • Nicole Taylor, President and CEO, Silicon Valley Community Foundation

  • Steve Barton, Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, Northern California Grantmakers

  • Sarah Frankfurth, Collaborative Philanthropy Manager, Northern California Grantmakers

  • Joanne Lee, Director of Consulting Services and Program Development, Northern California Community Loan Fund

  • Amy Feldman, Program Director, Silicon Valley, All Good Work Foundation

  • Moderator: Georgia Antonopoulos, Executive Director, Thrive

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Nicole Taylor, President and CEO, Silicon Valley Community Foundation

Nicole Taylor is president and CEO of Silicon Valley Community Foundation. She brings together a rich background in Bay Area philanthropy, nonprofit administration and fundraising with extensive experience in both the private and public sectors.

In joining SVCF in December 2018, Nicole returns to the Bay Area from Arizona, where she served as vice president of the ASU Foundation. She also previously served as deputy vice president and dean of students at Arizona State University. Prior to her time at ASU, Nicole was the associate vice provost of student affairs and dean of community engagement and diversity at Stanford University, after serving as president and CEO of Thrive Foundation for Youth in Silicon Valley.

Nicole also spent more than 15 years with the East Bay Community Foundation, eventually serving as its president and CEO for six years. Nicole received both her M.A. in Education and A.B. in Human Biology from Stanford University, and she began her career as an educator in Oakland public schools. She served on the board of the Federal Reserve of San Francisco for six years and is currently a board member for Common Sense Media.


Steve Barton, Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, Northern California Grantmakers

Steve has a long history with NCG including stints on various committees as well as the NCG and Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers boards. Over the last several years he’s been a consultant on special projects, corporate philanthropy and social responsibility and briefings. As the Vice President of Strategic Initiatives he’s focused on programs, initiatives and projects that address the issues affecting our region from displacement and gentrification to income inequality to the arts, climate change and disaster resiliency. In addition to his consulting practice, Steve has been the Director for Foundation and Corporate Giving at Gap Inc., a program officer at the Marin Community Foundation, and served in Mayoral administrations in both San Francisco and Oakland.


Sarah Frankfurth, Collaborative Philanthropy Manager, Northern California Grantmakers

Sarah is passionate about connecting people, exploring new ideas and figuring out how to make things work. She brings these skills, along with a background in program design, network development and learning communities to her work at NCG. As the Collaborative Philanthropy Manager, Sarah focuses on the work of the Nonprofit Displacement Project and works with NCG’s collaborative philanthropy groups. Before joining NCG, Sarah provided strategic leadership for an organization that built innovative leadership in the reproductive health, rights and justice sector. Prior to that, Sarah designed and implemented multiple grant programs and learning networks focused on the social determinants of health and safety net healthcare innovation for the Center for Care Innovations.


Joanne Lee, Director of Consulting Services and Program Development, Northern California Community Loan Fund

Joanne has over twenty-five years of experience in non-profit management and services. As the Director of Consulting Services, Joanne ensures that NCCLF's real estate and financial management consulting services help community nonprofits achieve their goals. In 2014, Joanne designed the Nonprofit Displacement Mitigation Program funded by the City and County of San Francisco and continues to oversee the partnership with the City in administering the Nonprofit Sustainability Initiative. Joanne developed the Community Facilities Challenge at Fresno State University and continues to work with nonprofit associations, foundations, and government entities to develop capacity building programs for nonprofits. Prior to joining NCCLF, she served as the Deputy Director of the Chinatown Community Development Center, overseeing finance, administration, human resources, affordable housing development, property and asset management departments. Joanne has a BA in Social Welfare from the University of California, Berkeley and a Master’s in Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.


Amy Feldman, Program Director, Silicon Valley, All Good Work Foundation

Amy Feldman recently joined All Good Work Foundation as the Program Director for Silicon Valley. She is a business development and communications professional with over two decades of experience in the corporate and non-profit sectors. Previously, she was the Director of Programs for the Business Outreach Center (BOC), a non-profit which provides New York City residents with the counseling, training, technical assistance, and capital they need to launch and grow successful microenterprises and community businesses.

Prior to joining BOC, Ms. Feldman was a Program Officer at the Citi Foundation where she managed over $90 million in philanthropic investments from 2005-2010 to more than 2,000 global and domestic economic empowerment programs across 60 countries. Additionally, she developed global and local strategic communications plans to drive external and internal awareness of the Foundation’s innovative and high-profile economic empowerment initiatives.

Before joining the Citi Foundation, Ms. Feldman was the Director of Public Affairs for Citi International where she supported the company’s strategic objectives to generate business opportunities across all product lines and drive business growth across Citi’s footprint in approximately 100 countries.

Earlier in her career, Ms. Feldman was the Director of Corporate Relations at Viacom, and a core member of the planning and implementation team that led all external and internal communications strategies at Viacom during its mergers with Paramount Pictures, Blockbuster Entertainment, and CBS, resulting in corporate growth from 5,000 employees in 1989 to over 50,000 employees by 2000.

She received her B.A. from Georgetown University in 1986 and was accepted into the MBA Program at Pace University in 2011.

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