SVCN News

Has it only been 1344 hours, 16 minutes, and 20 seconds since we started Shelter In Place? It seems like 2798 hours, 32 minutes, and 40 seconds.

I know so many of you have your heads down, working long hours to address our community's critical needs, but I'd like to tak...

SVCN has actively been advocating with city, county, state, and federal governments for community services and nonprofit support in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. This has included advocacy to grant flexibility to nonprofit contractors within existing government co...

March 10, 2020

With now almost three dozen known coronavirus cases and the first death of a community member in Santa Clara County, our community is very much coming to terms with the new reality of the local effects of this global pandemic. Over the last few days, nonprofit leaders...

February 6, 2020

In case you haven't heard, plans for our Activate Your Impact policy summit are well underway, and the team is very excited by what we already have lined up:

We'll hear a keynote from Dale Ho, Director of the ACLU's Voting Rights Project, who led the team that successfu...

January 6, 2020

I hope everyone had the kind of holiday break they wanted – but for those of you who got a bad cold over the break, are now somewhat regretfully practicing Veganuary or Dryuary, or have spent even 20 minutes looking at national news over the last three weeks, I offer y...

As trusted messengers in the community, nonprofits are in a unique position to assist with efforts to promote the 2020 Census and engage hard-to-count populations. Nonprofits are already in regular contact with many of these groups and can offer assistance in multiple...

November 14, 2019

Last week, I spent two days at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University with other nonprofit executive directors and our board chairs participating in the Standards of Excellence, an ethics training program for nonprofits and philanthropists.

One...

September 16, 2019

Oh My Heart 

Through sunny valley 
A curious heart listens 
In spite of the bear 
-- A haiku written by @kyrakaz in collaboration with a haiku generator

My 100-day listening tour has come to a close and--oh my heart--was it rich in reunions; new information and insights;...

Changes to SNAP/CalFresh

At the end of July, the Trump administration proposed changes to one way states calculate eligibility for SNAP (CalFresh) food stamp benefits in California. Under this proposed rule, people whose gross income is 130 percent above the federal pov...

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