Making a Measurable Impact in our Community
Silicon Valley Leadership Group Foundation works to improve the quality of life in the region by raising and distributing funds for food, clothing, shelter, medical care, education and other needs.
The Foundation supports activities that encourage a strong sense of community. We also serve as a forum for non-partisan research and analysis of public policy issues affecting the region, including education, energy, environmental protection, health, housing, land use, transportation and racial justice and equity. It focuses on providing financial and promotional assistance to charities, business and community leaders, scholars and other groups that support its mission.
The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization. The Board is a group of dedicated business and community leaders from Silicon Valley, and it works closely with the Silicon Valley Leadership Group.
Chair, ETM Electromatic
Vice Chair, California Strategies
Treasurer, CommonSpirit Health
GRI Technical Solutions
Alsop Louie Partners
Perkins Coie LLP
San Francisco 49ers
The Applied Materials “Silicon Valley Turkey Trot” benefits local charitable organizations, including the Healthier Kids Foundation Santa Clara County, Housing Trust Silicon Valley, Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties, Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Cruz County and The Health Trust. Founded by Silicon Valley Leadership Group President and CEO Carl Guardino in 2005, the Turkey Trot has raised $10 million over the past 15 years. It is the largest timed Turkey Trot in the country.
Introduced in 2018, our Community College to Career program, now called Hire Learning, has worked with Leadership Group member companies, Silicon Valley community colleges, and partner nonprofits to provide over 2,000 work-based learning, career exposure, and hiring opportunities to community college students. This initiative provides work-based learning opportunities to students, expands opportunity, diversifies the STEM pipeline, and gives them an entry point into some of the world’s most interesting and innovative companies.
The newest Foundation race, the Lam Research “Heart & Soles Run,” has raised more than $400,000 to place 195 salad bars in 190 Silicon Valley K-12 schools in three years. These salad bars help 125,000 students make better food choices every day.
The “Santa Run Silicon Valley” supports Christmas in the Park and Downtown Ice. Over $400,000 has been raised to keep these cherished holiday traditions in San Jose. It has also collected almost 2,000 children's books in five years for Reading Partners. This 5K Run/Walk is fun for the whole family. Runners dress up as their favorite holiday character or tradition. The race course winds through downtown San Jose and concludes at Christmas in the Park, where participants can enjoy the festivities with milk and cookies!
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