We think of our donors as investors. People who see their philanthropy as investments in positive change. There are generous people all over the planet. They get excited about programs and ideas. They fund them. Things happen. But philanthropy has become more bureaucratic, and that can slow down creativity.
At PVF, we bring entrepreneurship to the business of philanthropy. To make changes, you have to take risks. We’re far from reckless but we do try new things, and donors appreciate our outside-the-box thinking. We simplify ways to identify outstanding people and great projects. We focus on solutions, not problems.
PVF works with these donors in a variety of ways:
At PVF, we recognize the potential of the philanthropic dollar and seek to maximize its impact by responding creatively to requests and community needs. When PVF staff discover outstanding people doing outstanding charitable work, we take the opportunity to develop relationships, make introductions to donors and invite donors to tackle new giving programs. Donors benefit from our philanthropic expertise, extensive knowledge of the nonprofit community and experience in turning ideas into action.
At PVF, our Donor Advised Funds are as varied as our donors. Donors’ areas of interest include education, arts and culture, the environment, health, poverty, youth, eco-travel projects and international causes.
PVF offers a 100% return on donors’ money: we customize giving for donors by finding outstanding professionals and investing in them, resulting in a 100% return in satisfaction, impact and positive outcome.
PVF is known for customized grantmaking: matching a donor’s giving interest with an innovative program that PVF has either designed or identified for a donor.
What do a tiny two-room schoolhouse in the Sierras, a new school for girls in Tanzania, and an orphanage in Bhutan have in common? One generous family in San Mateo County and their donor advised fund at Philanthropic Ventures Foundation (PVF). PVF specializes in customizing giving for donors, and helped Peter and Jane Carpenter set up creative giving programs for each of these charitable projects spanning three continents.
The best way to contact PVF is by telephone, or simply click here to send an email message. You can also reach PVF by fax or mail.
Philanthropic Ventures Foundation
1222 Preservation Park Way
Oakland, California 94612-1201
Telephone: (510) 645-1890
Facsimile: (510) 645-1892
It is immediate. Just transfer the funds or stock to PVF and provide the name you would like your Fund to have. PVF will discuss with you your giving interests and goals.
Certainly, PVF has many anonymous donors. An anonymous donor can choose any name for its Fund, including simply “Anonymous Fund”. At PVF, your decision to remain anonymous is taken very seriously and your privacy and anonymity is safeguarded.
Yes, a donor is not restricted to one type of fund, and can be flexible in their giving plan. For example, a donor can have a Donor Advised Fund, from which the donor makes recommendations for distributions to various charitable causes, and can fund a Donor Program specifically designed by PVF to match the donor’s interests.
PVF donor funds are invested in a money market fund for maximum stability. For larger funds, the donor has the option of recommending alternate investment vehicles. The interest that accrues is allocated to the donor’s Fund.
Yes, this is a simple transaction in which the community foundation would simply need instructions from the donor to make the transfer to PVF. The same is true for those desiring to transfer funds from any of the institutional charitable Gift Funds such as Fidelity, Vanguard or Schwab.
Yes, click here and you will be transferred to our secure Network for Good service that will let you donate to PVF immediately using your credit card.
“PVF has the right idea about philanthropy. Respond quickly and responsibly. Pick the causes that help people at the core. In this modern age where philanthropy has become big business, it is good to know that PVF is working on the most unassuming, effective, and critical ways to deliver the goods and services.”
– Phyllis Koshland Friedman, President, Friedman Family Foundation