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Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund (commonly known as SV2 - http://www.sv2.org) is a high-impact, nonprofit giving circle – and the second largest venture philanthropy Partnership in the world. Our donors ("Partners") are the leaders of SV2's work and pool their skills, energy, ideas, and money to make a bigger, more meaningful difference than any one person could make alone. SV2's nearly 200 Partners together decide which cutting‐edge, innovative nonprofits will receive SV2's 3-year grants ("Grantees") in the areas of Education, Environment, Health, and International Development.
Embracing the venture philanthropy model of leveraging financial, human and intellectual capital, the Partners select Grantees that have proven models and are at crucial inflection points in their organizational development, and Partners offer professional advising to help each Grantee build capacity and scale up, not just pay for current programs. Founded in 1998, SV2's mission includes not only building the capacity of our Grantees, but also the philanthropic capacity of our Partners and through them our community to catalyze positive social impact. We pursue the latter half of our mission through Partner-led experiential grantmaking, Partner-driven speaker series, and Partner-focused training programs.