Which Funder Is Giving Big for Early Literacy in San Mateo County?

Alarming statistics spawned the creation of the Big Lift, a San Mateo County effort to make at least 80 percent of youngsters literate by 2020. But it takes a massive foundation to get things moving. Cue the SVCF.
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Meet Lisa Sobrato Sonsini, a Driving Force Behind the Sobrato Family Foundation

Not every billionaire's daughter devotes herself to philanthropy; many are too busy leading the good life. But for the past 18 years, Lisa Sobrato Sonsini has been working to scale up the philanthropy of one of America's wealthiest families. Here's what we know about her.
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What Silicon Valley Nonprofits Should Know about the Sobrato Family Foundation

In 2013, the Sobrato Family Foundation began making responsive and strategic grants for general operating support, donating land and buildings to community nonprofits, and providing rent-free office and conference space to Bay Area organizations. Here are a few things you should know about this outfit before applying for a grant.
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How the Rainin Foundation's New Education Initiative Pushes for Parent Involvement at Home

Paired with a high-profile ad campaign, the Rainin Foundation is rolling out a new early literacy initiative that helps parents talk, read and sing to their infants and toddlers every day. To learn more about the new initiative, I spoke the foundation’s Director of Education Strategies & Ventures, Susan True.
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Where the Silicon Valley Community Foundation is Putting its Teacher Development Money

SVCF's education grantmaking puts a big emphasis on teacher development and training strategies in the field of mathematics. It recently made a $768,407 commitment to helping Bay Area middle school teachers develop their mathematics instruction skills.
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How the Kenneth Rainin Foundation Is Stepping Up Its Game

If you're running a nonprofit organization in the Bay Area and aren't yet familiar with the Kenneth Rainin Foundation, then you're missing out on some serious grant opportunities. All signs suggest that this foundation's assets and funding capacity have been on a big upswing.
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Which Five Bay-area Organizations Just landed $10 Million each from the Salesforce Foundation?

Headquartered in San Francisco, the Salesforce Foundation has a vested interest in funding initiatives that improve its home turf. In 2010, it announced its new Power of Us: San Francisco program, zeroing in on five nonprofit organizations within southeastern San Francisco to receive $10 million apiece.
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