Social Venture Bright Spots

The Social Ventures we support (Grantees and Investees) are heroically, resourcefully, and lovingly rapidly adapting to fulfilling community needs. We want to highlight some ways they are doing this. We encourage you to look through their websites and other communications directly to learn more!

Amped Innovation successfully expanded their series A round to secure additional working capital and is actively extending their cash runway.

BAYCAT Studio is partnering with organizations to create socially-conscious media. If you know someone who needs content, please contact them: BAYCAT is helping nonprofits, especially in District 10 who need support in telling their story. Apply here. BAYCAT also produced this video honoring our heroes.

Center for Youth Wellness is developing and curating resources for families and supporters, including resources to help overcome trauma and practice self-care. 

Fresh Meat Productions is offering free concerts, classes, workshops, and more. “As we all navigate caring for ourselves and each other by sheltering-in-place, please know that Fresh Meat Productions LOVES YOU”

Haven Connect hosted a COVID-19 roundtable which was well-attended, and attendees requested another one at the end of April.

Inner City Advisors launched an online marketplace to support small businesses. The companies employ more than 500 people. Business is booming through the marketplace!

Learning Genie is providing its digital early learning tools free through December 2020 in order to support many struggling agencies with tools they can use readily.

NeedsList is making their tools available for free to organizations coordinating disaster relief response to COVID19 — and they were included in  Fast Company’s Round up of World Changing Ideas… (right between Burger King and Nike!)

Nepris is seeing increased interest from school districts and other entities to help them address virtual education and community outreach needs. In order to immediately help meet needs of kids who are no longer in school, Nepris is providing parents free access to some of their content for a period of time.

Partnership for Children & Youth is developing and curating “Shelter in Place” resources for educators in distance learning, afterschool programs, public & affordable housing, social-emotional learning, and funding. 

Suyo recently launched a five-year, $3.4 million USD technical consultancy contract to lead innovation efforts nationally for more effective land titling in post-conflict areas of Colombia. 80% of their projected workload from March through August is composed of design, strategy and analytics work that can be executed remotely.

Silicon Valley Urban Debate League had a successful online debate tournament that brought “a little light into our students’ lives”, and “continues to cultivate students’ love of learning and their ability to adapt – skills that are important for life beyond high school.”

SV@Home put out a Call For Action on COVID-19 to keep up the fight for investment in new affordable housing development, preservation of existing affordable housing, and protection of our residents from displacement.  

Working Partnerships USA worked with Santa Clara County to launch COVID-19 Assistance Navigation (CAN), a call-in support group that connects people who have lost jobs or are struggling to pay bills with resources and safety net programs. They are taking volunteers (English and more languages).

If you have more bright spots you’d like us to include in our communications about our Grantees and Investees, please send them to Amy Badiani and Jody Chang – and