Category Archives: grantmaking

A Community Acts Quickly After a Disaster to Repair and Heal

The small plane crash in East Palo Alto on 17 February, 2010 took the lives of the three people in the plane, all employees of Tesla, and destroyed a number of homes and vehicles on the ground. Concerned members of … Continue reading

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Find Outstanding People and Fund Them

Where’s Bill? Follow PVF’s Executive Director, Bill Somerville, out of the office, for site visits and meetings with outstanding grassroots leaders. This week, I went to Sequoia High School in Redwood City (the oldest high school in Northern California) and … Continue reading

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What is Significant Giving?

Everyone wants their giving to be significant but how do you do it? Significant giving means having a positive impact for a better community. First off, look for quality factors in programs you want to give to: Does the program … Continue reading

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The Future of Philanthropy

Where’s Bill? Follow PVF’s Executive Director, Bill Somerville, out of the office, for site visits and meetings with outstanding grassroots leaders. On April 24, I had the pleasure of giving the plenary speech to the Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy (EPIP) … Continue reading

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Trust = Bedrock of Good Giving

Congratulations to Janet Camarena, Director of the San Francisco Foundation Center Library, for her work in launching Glasspockets (www.glasspockets.org).  Will transparency lead to change? Professional philanthropy – foundations – are slow to change.  Despite all the talk, foundations are still … Continue reading

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