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Why are Silicon Valley community-based organizations struggling to meet demand in one of the wealthiest and most sophisticated regions in the world? Why aren’t more Silicon Valley philanthropists directing their dollars toward local organizations and issues—in addition to national or global causes—and why hasn’t more entrepreneurial ingenuity been harnessed to solve local problems? What is the cause of these disconnects, and how might we help bring these two groups together in service of shared community?


These are questions answered in a new report by Open/Impact: The Giving Code: Silicon Valley Nonprofits and Philanthropy. Funded by The David and Lucile Packard Foundation, and supported by 13 partners and 19 advisors, this report reflects a year of research and analysis, and conversations with more than 300 community stakeholders—from high net worth individuals and their advisors, to leaders of community-based organizations. 

Communicating the worth of what you do is an essential tool for inspiring supporters, moving your donors to action, and spreading awareness of what you do.  Here are some of our Insider Tips to help you do just that.

Building and growing strong organizations is  about mission and money and their Interconnectedness.  Most of the time we think of sustainability as financial health, but it also includes programmatic impact..  Leadership is a key component as well as  the systems and processes that provide the foundation for any nonprofit.

Why partner?  Who do you partner with? How do you create meaningful partnerships with businesses? 

Corporate philanthropy has changed – it is far more complex than filling out an online application or reaching out to a business and then keeping your fingers crossed in hopes of a big check coming in the mail.

The first challenge is how to identify your value to a potential partner

The second challenge is to identify potential corporate partners

The third challenge is to speak to businesses so that they respond

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