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FAQ

Is Magnify Community a philanthropy fund?


No. We work to inspire philanthropists to give locally in Silicon Valley by connecting and convening donors, nonprofits, advisors, business leaders, and intermediaries. We are not grant-makers and are not aggregating capital for distribution. Instead, we facilitate ways for donors to give locally – whether donating directly to individual nonprofits or to local giving circles or pooled funds, and using any vehicle of their choosing (DAF, foundation, personal account, etc.). We work in close collaboration with the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, as well as other philanthropic organizations in Silicon Valley. We are a fiscally sponsored project of the Social Good Fund.

What does success look like for Magnify Community?


We want local giving to become the norm in Silicon Valley. Right now, less than 10% of philanthropy impacts local families and communities in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties. We aim to catalyze at least $100M of additional funding directed towards local community-serving organizations - a first step in initiating this norm change - ultimately helping to seed a local giving movement for and by Silicon Valley philanthropists.

We are a time-bound initiative (3 years) so our success means transitioning the most promising pilots to existing local institutions that can continue after our effort sunsets in 2021.

I work at a local nonprofit. How will you promote our work? Can we share our materials with you?


Thank you for the important work you and your team do everyday. We would love to hear from you! The team at Magnify Community brings years of experience working in nonprofits, and deep connections to the community. We hope to continue to learn and discover more about the powerful work led by our local nonprofits. To send us material about your organization, please reach out to Aude Anquetil, our Director of Strategic Partnerships at aude@magnifycommunity.com. We will showcase the work of local nonprofits as it aligns with the interests expressed by the philanthropists who are engaged in our mission.

I am a wealth advisor. Can you speak to our team/clients about needs in their communities?


Of course! Our role as advocates is to reveal the hidden needs and opportunities for impact in Silicon Valley. We would be thrilled to speak about some of the challenges we face here and the many effective nonprofits addressing these challenges. Contact us on our form above and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

I am a philanthropist/grantmaker and would be interested in doing more work locally. Can you share a few initiatives I should consider?


Absolutely. Our goal is connect donors with the incredible ecosystem of local nonprofits working on a wide range of issues. We can also point you to other relevant resources, people, and organizations that can help you achieve your local giving goals.

I am interested in becoming part of the Magnify Community Pledge. What do I do next?


Wonderful! The Magnify Community Pledge is an initiative that unites a community of high-capacity donors who commit to giving locally to nonprofits in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties. Please contact us at pledge@magnifycommunity.com so we can find a time to discuss the pledge with you.