In the last twenty years, PVF has consulted with over 400 community and family foundations in the United States, Canada and Europe. The focus is on creative grantmaking, streamlined operations and community impact.
Our consulting services include meeting with foundation boards and staff and reviewing and analyzing foundation operations, grant making procedures, and public relations. We also conduct performance reviews and board retreats.
Intensive four-day onsite review of all foundation operations, focusing on grantmaking, board concerns, administration, staffing, development and fiscal health. Visit is followed by an extensive written report on findings and recommendations.
Facilitating board retreats, for one-half day to full day. Work through issues facing foundations, including growth, community outreach, and grantmaking. Results of retreats include critique of foundation’s work, new insights for change and recommendations for the future.
– Sandy Daniels, President and CEO, Johnson County Community Foundation, Franklin, Indiana
– J. Kane Ditto, Board Member, Community Foundation of Greater Jackson, Jackson, Mississippi
– from the article “Bold New Vision” in the August/September 2014 edition of Gentry Magazine
Why is it that the worlds of high tech companies, grassroots community organizations, venture funds, non-profits, family foundations, and community foundations rarely intersect? What if all of these circles could join together to reinvent philanthropy?
This is exactly what we are doing at the Invention Hub in San Francisco’s Dogpatch neighborhood. Launched in early 2014, the Invention Hub is a collaborative workspace that encourages radical collaboration across sectors for greater impact. PVF is the community foundation partner in the Invention Hub, working closely with tenants like Not for Sale on projects that tackle the Bay Area’s Inequality Gap.
At the Invention Hub, we are radically reinventing philanthropy.
PVF administers many types of fellowships and scholarship programs, all designed by donors who have an idea that we help formulate into a giving program.
For example, when Susan Ford Dorsey wanted to create a program to honor her late husband, Tom Ford, PVF designed two programs: the Tom Ford Fellowship Program — one-year internships for Stanford graduates in U.S. philanthropic foundations related to the fellows’ interests and experiences; and the Sand Hill Fellowship Program — intensive full-time summer internships for Stanford undergraduates at local foundations. These programs are in their tenth year of continued funding by the Sand Hill Foundation, and are managed by PVF in collaboration with Stanford University’s Haas Center for Public Service.
– Susan Ford Dorsey
– Patricia Soung, 2001 Tom Ford Fellow
– PVF’s Executive Director, James Higa, in our January 2015 Progress newsletter, “Finding ‘Em and Funding ‘Em”