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Facebook Invests Locally with 4th Year of Grants

Facebook, headquartered in Menlo Park, has just launched the fourth round of grants from the Facebook Local Community Fund. Through this PVF-administered initiative, Facebook has given out $400,000 to nonprofits serving Belle Haven and East Palo Alto, which are areas … Continue reading

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De-Stigmatizing Mental Health Services: An Interview with a Bay Area Inspire Award Grantee

In 2014, PVF awarded grants to six young Bay Area residents for coming up with fresh ideas for building better communities. These awards were made possible through the Bay Area Inspire Awards, which provides $10,000 grants to 18-30 year olds living … Continue reading

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Where’s Bill? Helping to Address the Issue of Affordable Housing in San Mateo County

Affordable housing is the top issue of concern in San Mateo County. In response to this concern, the Housing Leadership Council of San Mateo County called a meeting of 35 program directors chaired by Congresswoman Jackie Speier in March 2015. … Continue reading

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Partners in Philanthropy

The following blog post is by guest writers Marc and Ragni Pasturel, who are PVF donors and partners. Our partnering with Philanthropic Ventures Foundation (PVF) goes back more than 20 years. We admire Bill Somerville’s pragmatic, empathetic and contagious approach … Continue reading

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Encouraging a Brighter Future: Parent Involvement in East Palo Alto Schools

The following guest blog post is by Nancy Alvarez, a PVF Parent Involvement Worker at Cesar Chavez Academy in East Palo Alto. Education is the means to break the cycle of poverty. East Palo Alto is a community with many … Continue reading

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Where’s Bill? Touring UC Berkeley with a PVF Parent Involvement Worker

I offered one of the mothers who is a Parent Involvement Worker a one-day visit for her and her two daughters to UC Berkeley. Walking on campus, dipping in on a large lecture room and observing a lecture, walking the … Continue reading

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Where’s James? Sharing PVF’s Best Practices with Parliament

It was a singular honor to be invited by Lord Wei of Shoreditch to address a joint All Party Parliamentary Group of the House of Lords and House of Commons in London. They wanted to hear from someone at the forefront … Continue reading

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