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Who we are

We’re here to inspire and guide Silicon Valley philanthropists and leaders to invest in fostering strong communities where they live.

The challenge we face here in Silicon Valley is stark.

Our region offers a world-changing culture of innovation, a beautiful natural environment, and a sense of boundless possibility. It is home to more than 86,000 millionaires and billionaires.

Yet despite this area’s riches, this is not a place of shared prosperity.  A third of the people who live here cannot meet their basic needs without help. The number of homeless people in Silicon Valley outstrips San Francisco and continues to grow. Just miles away from some of the best schools in the country, the majority of third graders struggle to read. And even well-regarded community organizations are closing their doors due to rising real estate prices and difficulty retaining staff.

But here’s the good news: we can solve this.

In Silicon Valley, we know how to tackle hard problems. Just as our start-ups are changing the world, innovative and resilient community organizations are working every day to make Silicon Valley better: feeding, housing, mentoring, and training vulnerable people; creating remarkable arts; preserving our environment; caring for our seniors; changing policy to improve quality of life, and more. They are developing new ways to solve age-old challenges, and making the most of scarce resources.

But this essential work is only possible with the commitment of the leaders and philanthropists who call Silicon Valley home. 

Enter Magnify Community

Magnify Community works collaboratively to change the way Silicon Valley donors think about investing in their community. We’re advocates, connectors, and catalysts who shine a spotlight on Silicon Valley’s hidden needs and the high-performing community nonprofits who are making a difference. We aim to make local giving easy, effective, joyful, and rewarding.

Our goal

We aspire to catalyze $100 million in additional giving to nonprofit organizations serving Silicon Valley over the next three to five years, and lay a foundation for enduring investment that will make Silicon Valley better for all of us for generations to come.

Our Unique Approach

We call this our "3 Ns."

Norms

We'll make local giving a natural part of every Silicon Valley philanthropist's or leader's portfolio.

Narrative

We'll highlight local needs, innovative nonprofits, and effective leaders who are making a difference.

Navigation

We'll make it easier and more satisfying to give locally to causes that reflect donors' passions and generate impact.

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How we started

Rich with philanthropic resources but starved for local investment.

This is the reality in Silicon Valley. The groundbreaking Giving Code report on philanthropy in the region documented a startling gap: less than 10% of Silicon Valley philanthropy is directed to organizations serving the local community, despite increasing wealth concentration, growing income disparities, expanding local needs, and a nonprofit sector struggling to meet rising costs. The report also documented that billions of dollars earmarked for philanthropy remain sitting on the sidelines and could be deployed locally with greater will and more shared understanding of the impact of local investment. 

In response to these findings, the David & Lucile Packard, Grove, Heising-Simons, Sand Hill, Sobrato, and Sunlight Giving foundations came together to challenge the status quo and surface potential strategies to catalyze local giving.

The result of their commitment is Magnify Community, which launched in September 2018, as a three-to-five-year initiative. Our approach is to identify promising ideas, test, learn, refine, and bring solutions to scale.

Leadership

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Catherine
Crystal Foster

Chief Executive Officer

Catherine brings a range of social sector expertise and leadership spanning three decades. She served most recently as Executive Director of the Westly Foundation. Before joining the Foundation, she served as Executive Director of the Peninsula College Fund. Previously, as founder of Policy & Advocacy Consulting, she provided strategic guidance, evaluation services, and policy expertise to leading nonprofit and philanthropic organizations at the local, state, and national levels. She has spoken and published widely on the evaluation of policy, advocacy, and community organizing. Catherine also authored the District of Columbia’s local comprehensive welfare reform legislation, and worked as a public interest lawyer and director of a national children’s policy advocacy program.

She is an advisory board member of the Palo Alto Community Fund, advisor to multiple social sector organizations, and active community volunteer. Catherine earned a BA from Yale University and a JD from Harvard Law School.

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Kathy
Jackson

Managing Director

Kathy most recently served as CEO of Second Harvest Food Bank, a $131 million organization that provides more than 1 million meals per week to Silicon Valley residents. In 2014 she was honored as Network Leader of the Year by Feeding America.

Before entering the nonprofit world, Kathy spent 23 years in asset-based leasing and lending as a managing director with Bank of America Leasing and Capital, GATX Capital Corporation, and D'Accord Incorporated.

She currently serves as Vice Chair, Cilker Orchards Management Corporation, and Director and Chair of the Compensation Committee, CAI International, Inc. (NYSE: CAI).

Kathy has an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University and is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Stanford University.

 

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Aude
Anquetil

Director of Strategic Partnerships

Aude brings over a decade of experience advising individuals and corporations in their philanthropy, supporting high-performing nonprofits, and forming meaningful partnerships that support organizational growth and social responsibility. She most recently served as the US Managing Director for the Epic Foundation, overseeing fundraising and grantmaking for its US portfolio, supporting disadvantaged youth. Her expertise includes working with top incubators, venture capitalists, and growing start-ups to embed philanthropy into their business models.

Prior to joining Epic, Aude worked within the nonprofit and social enterprise sectors in the US and Europe. She is involved in the Advisors in Philanthropy Bay Area Chapter, and serves on the Board of Watering Minds. She holds a Master's Degree in Marketing, and an MBA from France's NEOMA Business School.

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