Tech industry, others gear up for Silicon Valley Gives, area’s first ‘giving day’

Hundreds of Silicon Valley nonprofits are hoping to see donations flow in on the area’s first “giving day,” Silicon Valley Gives, May 6.

The fundraising event — a joint effort by the Silicon Valley Community Foundation and chief sponsor Microsoft — will collect online donations for 24 hours. Donors will have a chance to choose which of the more than 650 registered nonprofits they’d like to help, and donations will be matched by companies, charitable foundations, venture firms and others.

Silicon Valley tech and other companies (including the Mercury News) are taking part in Silicon Valley Gives, so why is Washington state-based Microsoft the chief sponsor?

“We have a long history with the Silicon Valley Community Foundation and thought they would be an incredible partner given their proven ability to drive awareness for the needs in our community and to help non-profits build capacity,” Sid Espinosa, Microsoft’s director of Civic Engagement and Philanthropy, said in an emailed statement. Dan’l Lewin, corporate vice president of Technology and Civic Engagement at Microsoft, sits on the SVCF board.

Examples of some companies’ commitments: PayPal will tack on a 1 percent match to donations made through PayPal; Tesla is offering an “extended test drive experience” to some donors; Walmart is matching donations of up to $100 made by its workers.

SVGives volunteers will be soliciting donations on giving day at Microsoft retail stores in San Jose and Palo Alto, as well as several Whole Foods stores in the valley. The organizers, which already have secured millions of dollars in commitments, continue to sign up sponsors on its website,


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