Giving Guide

The SVCN Giving Guide is published for the first time this year in an effort to help donors, wealth managers, and tax planners make a bigger difference in considering philanthropic gifts. Each year, we remain inspired by the work of our local nonprofits that demonstrate daily how to create change. As part of our inaugural Giving Guide, we have highlighted 11 distinct agencies that focus on key issues this year including food, housing, and women, followed by a complete list of all SVCN member nonprofit organizations.


The year-end holidays are a time of reflection that inspire many people to reach out to those who are in need. To qualify for a tax deduction in the current calendar year, donors also must make their yearly giving decisions by December 31st. As a result, a tremendous amount of charitable giving occurs between #GivingTuesday, which is the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, and the end of the year.

Our organizations welcome donations through Donor Advised Funds (DAF) which provide an easy, flexible, low-cost method of giving. These gifts are essential parts of the lasting changes our organizations make in Silicon Valley and beyond. 


We wish you nothing but the best in all of your charitable endeavors this holiday season. Happy Holidays from SVCN!


Happy Holidays from SVCN!


Domestic Violence Organizations

Community Solutions

9015 Murray Avenue, #100

Gilroy, CA 95020​



Lisa DeSilva, Chief Development Officer



Area of work: Multi Service

Mission: To create opportunities for positive change by promoting and supporting the full potential of individuals, the strength of families, and the well-being of our community.​ 

Asian Americans for Community Involvement - Asian Women’s Home

2400 Moorpark Avenue, Suite 300

San Jose, CA 95128



Edwin T. Tan, Director of Advocacy and Development

(408) 975-2730 x 168


Area of work: Multi Service


Mission: To provide a multitude of high quality health and human services focused on the Asian American community within the Santa Clara County. Through sharing expertise about Asian community’s needs, AACI is able to provide leadership in advocacy for health and human services.


PO Box: 697

Santa Clara, CA 95052



Vishalakshi Vallurnatt

(408) 436-8393

Area of work: Women

Mission: MAITRI is a free, confidential, referral nonprofit organization based in the San Francisco Bay Area, that primarily helps families from South Asia (Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka among others) facing domestic violence, emotional abuse, cultural alienation, human trafficking, or family conflict.

Next Door Solutions to Domestic Violence

234 E Gish Road, Suite 200

San Jose, CA 95112



Beth Williams, Director of Development


Area of work: Women

Mission: Next Door Solutions’ mission is to end domestic violence in the moment... and for all time. Women receive free-of-charge, comprehensive, compassionate, woman-defined services designed to empower and address crisis, stability, and self-sufficiency.

YWCA Silicon Valley

375 South Third Street

San Jose, CA 95112



Jaime Woods, Associate Director of Philanthropy


Area of work: Women, Social justice


Mission: The YWCA Silicon Valley is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all. Service areas include crisis response, confidential shelter, housing, support, counseling, and advocacy for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking. Empowerment programs to prevent violence, eliminate racism and close the prosperity and education gap.

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Emergency Assistance Network Organizations

Community Services Agency

204 Stierlin Rd.

Mountain View, CA 94043



Anita Grossman, Director of Development

650.968.0836 x 115

Area of work: Food, Emergency Needs, Homeless Prevention

Mission: We are the Community’s safety net, providing critical support services that preserve and promote stability, self-reliance, and dignity.


181 Constitution Drive

Menlo Park, CA 94025



Amy Wright, Vice President, Principle Gifts


Area of work: Food, Emergency Needs, Homeless Prevention


Mission: LifeMoves is dedicated to helping homeless families and individuals across Silicon Valley and the San Francisco Peninsula return to permanent housing and self-sufficiency.

Sacred Heart Community Service

1381 South First St.

San José, CA 95110


Jill Mitsch, Funds Development Manager



Area of work: Food, Emergency Needs, Homeless Prevention

Mission: Our mission is to build a community free from poverty by creating hope, opportunity, and action. We provide essential services, empower people to improve their lives, advocate for justice, and inspire volunteers to love, serve, and share.

St. Joseph’s Family Center

7950 Church Street, Suite A

Gilroy, CA 95020


David Cox, Executive Director

408-842-6662, ext. 25


Area of work: Food, Emergency Needs, Homeless Prevention


Mission: To alleviate hunger and homelessness in South Santa Clara County by providing food, housing, and employment related services, and advocating for system changes to improve the quality of life for the most vulnerable people in our communities.

Sunnyvale Community Services

725 Kifer Road

Sunnyvale, CA 94086


Marie Bernard, Executive Director

(408) 738-4321

Area of work: Food, Emergency Needs, Homeless Prevention

Mission: Our mission is to prevent homelessness and hunger for low-income families and seniors facing temporary crises. We provide financial aid, food, and other support that prevents larger problems with more expensive solutions.

West Valley Community Services

10104 Vista Drive

Cupertino, CA 95014


Kohinoor Chakravarty


Area of work: Food, Emergency Needs, Homeless Prevention

Mission: The mission of West Valley Community Services is to unite the community to fight hunger and homelessness.

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SVCN Member Organizations
Arts & Culture

CreaTV San Jose (San Jose Community Media Access Corp.)         

MACLA/Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana                

San Jose Jazz Society     



Choices for Children (Continuing Development Inc) CDI  

Community Child Care Council of Santa Clara, Inc (4C's

Go Kids, Inc.      

Kidango Inc.       

San Jose Day Nursery    

San Juan Bautista Child Development Center (SJBCDC)   

Children, Youth & Families

African-American Community Service Agency (SJAACSA)

All Stars Helping Kids     

Alum Rock Counseling Center (ARCC)     

Amigos De Guadalupe  

Bill Wilson Center           

Boldly Me           

Boys & Girls Clubs of Silicon Valley           

Caminar (Formerly Family & Children Services of Silicon Valley)  

Children's Health Council, Inc. (CHC)       

Community Health Awareness Council (CHAC)   

Family Giving Tree          

First Place for Youth       

Girl Scouts of Northern California- Got Choices  


Grail Family Services (GFS)          

Healthier Kids Foundation Santa Clara County    

Help One Child: Mission to Children at Risk          

Kids in Common              

Project Cornerstone      

Project Safety Net          

Shop with a Cop Foundation Silicon Valley           

Silicon Valley Children's Fund     

Silicon Valley FACES       

Somos Mayfair 

Sunday Friends

Teen Success, Inc.           

The Taylor Family Foundation    

Ujima Adult & Family Services   

YMCA of Silicon Valley  

Children/Youth - Foster Care

Uplift Family Services (formerly EMQ FamiliesFirst)          

Seneca Center  

Starlight Community Services    

Unity Care Group            



Meritus College Fund    

Peninsula College Fund 

San Jose Conservation Corp



ConXion to Community

Goodwill Industries of Silicon Valley        

Project HIRED   

Rise Together   




San Jose Parks Foundation


Food, Emergency Needs & Homelessness Prevention

Community Services Agency of Mountain View & Los Altos           

Sacred Heart Community Service             

Salvation Army Santa Clara County          

Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties           

St. Joseph's Family Center           

Sunnyvale Community Services

West Valley Community Services     


Food / Hunger

Loaves & Fishes Family Kitchen 

Santa Maria Urban Ministry



BREATHE California of the Bay Area        

Community Health Partnership, Inc. (CHP)           

Eating Disorders Resource Center            

Foothill Community Health Center          

Gardner Family Health Network

Indian Health Center of the Santa Clara Valley (IHCSCV) 

Lupus Foundation of Northern California              

Racing Hearts   

RotaCare Bay Area, Inc  

School Health Clinics of Santa Clara County         

The Health Trust              

VMC Foundation          


Health - Behavioral

Asian American Recovery Services (AARS)-HealthRight 360           

Momentum for Mental Health  

Pathway Society, Inc.     

Recovery Cafe San Jose, Inc. (RCSJ)


Housing / Homelessness

Abode Services

Charities Housing            

Destination: Home         

Family Supportive Housing, Inc.

Housing Choices Coalition            

Housing Industry Foundation     

Housing Trust Silicon Valley        


Project We Hope             




Council on American-Islamic Relations, San Francisco Bay Area Office (CAIR-SFBA)   


Juvenile Justice

Breakout Prison Outreach dba California Youth Outreach (CYO) 

Fresh Lifelines For Youth, Inc. (FLY)          

Santa Clara County Dependency Advocacy Center



American Leadership Forum-Silicon Valley           

Center for Excellence in Nonprofits (CEN)             

Silicon Valley Council of Nonprofits (SVCN)



Asian Law Alliance (ALA)              

Bay Area Legal Aid          


Katharine & George Alexander Community Law Center (East San Jose Law Center)            

Law Foundation of Silicon Valley               

Legal Aid Society of Santa Clara County 

Project Sentinel                



Billy DeFrank Lesbian & Gay Community Center



Asian Americans for Community Involvement (AACI)      

Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County (CCSJ)   

Community Solutions    

Jewish Family Services of Silicon Valley (JFSSV)  

Pars Equality Center    



Rebuilding Together - Peninsula

Rebuilding Together - Silicon Valley         

Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition   

Silicon Valley Pet Project          



Episcopal Senior Communities  

Heart of the Valley, Services for Seniors, Inc.       

Institute on Aging           

Korean American Community Services, Inc. (KACS)           

Life Skills Training and Educational Programs Inc. (Lifesteps)        

Live Oak Adult Day Services        

On Lok Lifeways              

POSSO-Portuguese Organization for Social Services & Opportunities        

Respite & Research for Alzheimer's Disease (RRAD)         

Senior Adults Legal Assistance (SALA)    

Yu-Ai Kai/Japanese American Community Senior Services            


Special Needs


College of Adaptive Arts

DCARA- Deaf Counseling Advocacy and Referral Agency 

Greater Opportunities for the Developmentally Disabled              

Hope Services   

Parents Helping Parents (PHP)  

Santa Clara Valley Blind Center 

Second Start Learning Disabilities DBA Pine Hill School    

Vision Literacy  

Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired




Next Door Solutions to Domestic Violence           

Parisi House on the Hill 

Planned Parenthood Mar Monte              

YWCA Silicon Valley