Big Game, Big Philanthropy: The StubHub Foundation Funds 20 Bay Area Nonprofits

A recent grant from the StubHub Foundation to the 50 Fund's Playmaker program contains many moving parts, including the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, 20 recipient Bay Area nonprofits, and the Super Bowl. As such, it reminds us of a complex defensive scheme that the Denver Broncos' coordinators will draw up in the locker room before the big game on February 7—many Xs and Os, moving parts and squiggly arrows.

But before we take a closer look at the key components, let's first cut to the chase. Twenty Bay Area nonprofits are $10,000 richer thanks to the StubHub Foundation, supplementing an original cohort of 50 organizations that also received $10,000 grants. Better yet, more money may be on the way. Each recipient nonprofit can receive additional funding through StubHub's "Fan’s Choice" voting section on Fans can vote for their favorite causes with the top five vote-getters receiving an additional $10,000 for a total of $20,000 in funding. Voting will continue through February 5th.

As previously noted, when it comes to its own backyard of San Mateo and Santa Clara counties, the StubHub Foundation, a corporate-advised fund of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation (SVCF) likes doling out economic security, English as second language, and out-of-classroom education grants.

To that latter category, the StubHub Foundation's two main philanthropic ventures are its Rising Stars program, which supports local nonprofits expanding access for at-risk youth through sports and the arts, as well as its Nonprofit Box Office, whereby StubHub lends its event planning expertise to support participating nonprofit fundraising activities. Taken in total, the StubHub Foundation has donated more than $1 million to support over 50 charitable causes.

Given their respective track records of supporting music, sports and arts programs for low-income kids, the StubHub/SVCF gift to the 50 Fund's Playmaker program—the legacy fund of the San Francisco Bay Area Super Bowl 50 Host Committee—makes perfect sense. "StubHub is all about providing fans with choice," said Scott Cutler, president of StubHub. "With the StubHub Foundation’s focus of expanding access and opportunity for at-risk youth through arts, music, and sports programs, it is a natural fit to partner with 50 Fund’s Playmaker program." Winners include:

  • America SCORES Bay Area (San Francisco) to support the Poetry Slam! event at Everett Middle School held annually for the area's poet-athletes.
  • Bayview Opera House (San Francisco) to fund Dare 2 Dream Arts Youth Enrichment program.
  • School of Arts and Culture at MHP (San Jose) to fund the Instrument Loan Program (ILP) for low-income students.

According to the Host Committee's press release, the 50 Fund has already given more than $5 million in grants through its Game Changer and Playmaker grant programs as well as its two signature initiatives: The Re(a)d Zone (early literacy) and PLAY 60, Play On (fitness and play).

Related: Read IP's full profile of the StubHub Foundation's Bay Area Giving