Silicon Valley day of giving set for May 5

Silicon Valley Gives, a local fundraising effort that saw success during its debut last year, is back.

The Silicon Valley Community Foundation is soliciting contributions for a “giving day” Tuesday, during which tech companies and other sponsors will match donations that will go to more than 850 organizations in Santa Clara, San Mateo and San Benito counties, as well as in San Francisco.

People can go to to support their local charities by making contributions starting at $10, and although the effort is billed as a one-day event, you can schedule a donation now.

Among the sponsors is the Skoll Foundation, which will provide dollar-for-dollar matches up to $50,000 during the 9 a.m. hour and the 5 p.m. hour during the giving day. PayPal will donate an extra 1 percent to each benefiting nonprofit for every donation made with PayPal, for a total of up to $100,000. The lead sponsor of SVGives is Microsoft; other Silicon Valley companies involved include Google and Tesla — which will award an “evening with the Model S” to the top three donors. Bay Area News Group, this blog’s parent company, is one of the media sponsors. Other sponsors are individuals, family foundations and charitable organizations.

Last year, SVGives raised $8 million for 600 local nonprofits.


Correction: An earlier version of this post misstated the amount of matching funds the Skoll Foundation is providing.


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