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Silicon Valley Council of Nonprofits

The Silicon Valley Council of Nonprofits (SVCN) seeks to magnify the influence and contribution of health and human service nonprofit businesses in Santa Clara County. In 2007, SVCN developed an “Ethnic Specific Service Providers Network” that includes more than 40 organizations. The Network’s goal is to nurture respect for ethnic leaders so that those leaders are invited as voices representing communities of color in decision-making bodies.

Through the Community Leadership Project, SVCN is sustaining a peer network for executive directors and leaders of color from nonprofit organizations.

Region Served: Greater San Francisco Bay Area
Santa Clara and San Benito counties

Total Award: $150,000

Program Details:
The Silicon Valley Council of Nonprofits has implemented the first of two cycles in an 18-month training program for executive directors or senior managers of color that will serve 18 nonprofit organizations in total. In its first cycle, the council trained 10 executive directors. Nonprofits participate in monthly meetings augmented by four to six training sessions on best leadership practices in serving ethnic communities. Session topics include board development and effectiveness, advocacy and policy, time management, and ethnic leadership. The council also provides mini-grants of up to $2,500 for participants to pursue customized organizational training.

The Silicon Valley Council of Nonprofits team is currently working one-on-one with the following organizations:

Selection Process:
Participants are selected in an open and competitive application process targeting ethnically-led nonprofits working in health and human services serving underrepresented and low-income communities. Applicants must be, or be willing to become, Silicon Valley Council of Nonprofits members.

Project Launched: Spring 2010


Project Contact:
Patricia Gardener
(408) 260-3915