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Downtown Streets Team: Working to Tackle Homelessness in the Bay Area

Despite the ever-increasing wealth of Silicon Valley, poverty and homelessness continue to plague many living in the Bay Area.  One group working to tackle this is Downtown Streets Team, an organization focused on eradicating homelessness. Downtown Streets Team addresses the … Continue reading

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Where’s Bill? Hanging Out with Police Cadets at the Wilderness Program’s Ropes Course

I recently visited the ropes course run by The Wilderness Program on San Bruno Mountain in Daly City, a beautiful park setting. PVF has been a supporter of the Wilderness Program for some time. Years ago we helped to fund … Continue reading

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Getting to the Grassroots: Visiting Catholic Worker House in Redwood City

by: Ashley Murphy, Program Associate As the newest member of the PVF team, I am busy familiarizing myself with our various programs and grantees within the Bay Area. As part of this process, I have been doing some site visits, … Continue reading

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25 Philanthropic Bullet Points

By: Bill Somerville There are certain givens when working in professional philanthropy (foundations). The list of 25 bullet points below is my effort to shed light on them, based on several decades working with and for grantmakers. Trust people – … Continue reading

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Everything is About Relationships – Guest Post by Sister Christina Heltsley

Guest post by Sister Christina Heltsley of the Saint Francis Center about what site visits are like from the perspective of the visited organization. You have, I am sure, heard the expression, a difference of night and day. Well, the … 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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