Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Regional community philanthropy

The San Francisco Bay Area has long been one of the nation's richest in terms of community foundations - almost every coastal county from Mendocino to Monterey and inland to Solano has its own foundation. The region has thousands of nonprofits, thousands of donors, hundreds of staff, and billions of dollars in community foundation assets.

Now that two of the bigger players have merged, (Community Foundation Silicon Valley and Peninsula Community Foundation are now known as the Silicon Valley Community Foundation) might we see a new focus on regional issues such as transportation, pollution, economic development or housing? Might we even see an expansion of the merged entity - snowballing north through San Francisco and into Marin or eastward into Alameda and Contra Costa counties?

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