Become a Change Maker:
Join Us to Make an Impact Now
by: Bill Somerville, President & CEO
Giving can be exciting and have significant impact. Below are some opportunities for giving that any donor, new or experienced, can join us in supporting.
Support Local Schools and Foster Youth
Philanthropic Ventures Foundation is known for creating and funding unique programs. We invite new donors to participate in supporting these programs which have proven effective and have served thousands of children. They represent public sector funding at its best and the professionals involved - teachers and social workers - are very grateful.
Foster Youth - Small grants of $250 to social workers and Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) serving abused children, covering everything from a summer camp to a bicycle to medical bills to clothing for school. This money is not available from other sources and it strengthens the ability of the social workers to serve youth. We get a one page request and give funds in 48 hours.
Cost: $5,000 will send 10 foster youth to summer camp
Classrooms - Teachers throughout the Bay Area can receive mini-grants covering art supplies, visiting artists, science equipment, excursions, after school programs. Again, teachers send a one page request and we send funding in 48 hours.
Cost: $5,000 = 10 Science Projects; $5,000 = 5 Field Trips
Help Spread the Safety Net
Field trips allow inner-city youth the chance to meet nature face-to-face.
PVF works with our nonprofit partners to identify safety net needs beyond what they are able to provide. Donors who wish to help improve the lives of the poor can join us in these efforts. Here are a few examples:
Transportation - Bicycles for transportation on the coast side for migrant workers. Bicycles are a necessity as they are the primary source of transportation.
Cost: $15,000 for 200 bicycles
Food - Sandwiches on Sunday (S0S), conducted by poverty programs. Churches distribute food but not on Sundays and support services are closed on Sundays, making SOS the only source of food.
Cost: $25,000 to five SOS programs over a year, serving hundreds
Employment - Tool scholarships wherein a graduate of a training program is given partial funding to purchase the necessary tools to get a job.
Cost: $10,000 supporting tools and equipment for 20 new workers
Safety Net funding supports critical needs like feeding the hungry.
Supporting one of these opportunities is easy - simply call or email us and your dollars will be put into action immediately. When donors participate in supporting a program, we make sure they receive reports showing how their money was used, where it went, and the impact it had. We believe in full disclosure and transparency in our giving.
We know how difficult it can be to make sure your giving has an impact. Giving through PVF ensures your dollars count; we have a long track record of successful grassroots giving and our staff is skilled in getting funding to where it is needed the most.