SVCN works at the city and county level, and in communities across Silicon Valley to ensure that nonprofits have the tools and resources to succeed. Our public policy work—keeping the needs of our member organizations and the communities they serve front and center as laws are made—is one of the most important things we do. It may not make front-page headlines, but our efforts have advanced the work of community serving organizations for more than twenty years.
Our policy priorities are rooted in our goals:
Policy & Advocacy: Engage nonprofit leaders in policy and advocacy efforts that affect nonprofits and their systems of care.
Partnership: Convene nonprofit, community, business, and government groups to collaborate on issues impacting the nonprofit sector and the communities they serve.
Leadership Development: Develop nonprofit leaders and staff through issue-focused learning and sector-wide competency trainings.
Together with our Leadership Team, SVCN has outlined the following priorities, updates, and action items to focus on for 2019.
We will continue developing relationships with new elected officials on local city councils and the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors, as well as with new department staff relevant to the work of local nonprofits. We will also conduct meet and greets with candidates in prominent 2020 races including County Supervisor District 3 and Senate District 15.
Policy Priorities 2019
We will collaborate with local housing partners, including SV@Home, Destination: Home, Housing Trust Silicon Valley, on securing funding needs for housing services, and keep abreast of local policies impacting housing such as Commercial Impact Fee, Rent Control, Eviction Prevention, etc.