Who We Are
We began Philanthropic Ventures Foundation to do something different — to bring joy, simplicity, trust and effectiveness to grant- making.
We knew the answer was not more — more paper, more procedures, more obstacles, more time. And we believed that if giving grants involved fewer, simpler processes, every dollar would work harder and do more.
We think our approach is working. In 22 years, thanks to our family of more than 2,000 donors, we have made grants of $87 million. PVF strives to make a significant impact with every charitable dollar it invests.
PVF in the news - radio, TV, press - recent and upcoming.
We are pleased to present one of five short Micro-Documentaries that depict PVF’s work. Each film is one minute long and features the testimonial of a different PVF donor, colleague, or grantee. In the second film of our series, PVF grantee Sister Christina Heltsley of the Saint Francis Center in Redwood City, California, talks about her continued partnership with PVF.
"The heart of everything that goes on at PVF is relationships." - Sister Christina
San Mateo County is ranked second from the bottom in participation by those eligible for CalFresh, the food stamp program.
To address this, we have teamed up with Code for America and the County of San Mateo to increase enrollment through innovation. There are three Code for America Fellows at the heart of this project who are seeking new solutions to raise enrollment rates with the support of technology and design.
Exploring creativity is vital for youth to develop as engaged and critical thinkers. In this spirit, PVF established the Arts Resource Grant Program with funding from the Westly Foundation, one of our teacher grant programs designed to support local public school teachers.
This program provides grants of up to $500 to K-8 teachers in select Southern San Mateo/Northern Santa Clara County Districts school districts to be used to enhance classroom and after-school art programs.