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 of the more interesting aspect...

Last month, federal judges in California, New York and Washington issued injunctions temporarily blocking the public charge rule

According to the California Budget & Policy Center: The public charge rule applies when individuals are seeking to enter the US or seeking to adjust their immigration sta...

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; actionable recommendations; and,...

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 poverty line (slightly more than $...

September 10, 2019

It has been just over a month since the devastating shooting at the Gilroy Garlic Festival. Those affected are still reeling from the heartbreak and working every day to achieve some semblance of normally in their life. Yet, every day we continue to see our community come together to support these f...

August 9, 2019

Our South Bay community is barely more than a week away from the shattering news of a mass shooting at the beloved Gilroy Garlic Festival. I share the feeling of helplessness and hopelessness that I’ve heard so many of my friends and family express. Given how overpowering that shared feeling is, it’...

July 10, 2019

If you’re lucky enough to be planning a family barbeque at the park or in the backyard or a trip to the Santa Cruz boardwalk or even a Hawaiian beach this summer, doing some heavy reading is probably not on your agenda. But if you do decide to keep your nonprofit brain and drive stimulated between b...

June 25, 2019

On Thursday, June 20, Silicon Valley Council of Nonprofits board, staff and community partners welcomed Kyra Kazantzis as the new SVCN CEO at Forager Tasting Room and Eatery in Downtown San José.

As community partners and leaders joined in celebration, County Supervisor Joe Simitian, State Senator Ji...

June 14, 2019

I’m Kyra Kazantzis and I am so pleased to introduce myself to you as the new CEO of the Silicon Valley Council of Nonprofits. In this, my first monthly message

May 15, 2019

After five successful years of OnBoard events on the peninsula hosted by Thrive, SVCN partnered with CEN and Thrive this year to host the first OnBoard Match event in San Jose through OnBoard Together.

This new collaboration combined board development trainings with Thrive's already successful board...

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