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The purpose of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group Foundation is to help improve the quality of life in the Silicon Valley region through the provision of funding for food, clothing, shelter, medical care, education and other basic necessities of life.

The Foundation supports activities that drive a strong sense of community engagement and serves as a forum for non-partisan research and analysis of public policy issues affecting the Silicon Valley region, including education, energy, environmental protection, health, housing, land use and transportation. It focuses on providing financial and promotional assistance to charities, business and community leaders, scholars or other groups that support its mission.

The Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization connected to the Silicon Valley Leadership Group and its Board is a group of dedicated business and community leaders from Silicon Valley.

The Silicon Valley Leadership Group Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.

Contact the Silicon Valley Leadership Group Foundation.

Foundation Board Members

  • Tom Hayse, ETM-Electromatic Inc., Chair
  • Jim Cunneen, California Strategies, Vice Chair
  • Ed Wes, Perkins Coie LLP, Secretary
  • Nancy Bussani, Dignity Health, Treasurer
  • Teresa Alvarado, Santa Clara Valley Water District
  • Susan Black, Pinnacle Bank
  • Sunny Claggett, CBIZ Silicon Valley
  • J. Kim Fennell, deCarta
  • Nick Goddard, Colliers International
  • Carl Guardino, Silicon Valley Leadership Group
  • Russell Hancock, Joint Venture Silicon Valley
  • Thierry Jenar, Citibank
  • Barbara Kamm, Technology Credit Union
  • Robert S. Kieve, Empire Broadcasting Co.
  • Connie Martinez, Silicon Valley Creates
  • Carleen Matchniff, The Irvine Company
  • Kimberly Meek, SAP
  • Eric Reed, Verizon
  • Martin Schoeppler, FUJIFILM Dimatix
  • Kim Walesh, City of San Jose

Serving Our Community

Charities and Impact

Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties
Donated more than $1.6 million over the past 10 years to enable the Food Bank to source millions of pounds of fresh produce – a genuine gift for the kids, families and seniors being feed each month.

Housing Trust Silicon Valley
More than $1.6 million donated over the past 10 years help make Silicon Valley a more affordable place by supporting multifamily lending, homebuyer assistance programs, homeless prevention and neighborhood stabilization.

Healthier Kids Foundation Santa Clara County
The $1.4 million donation over the past 10 years supports the VisionFirst program to provide vision screenings and access to corrective services.

Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Cruz County
Raised $125,000 in two years to support the Food Bank with food distribution for working poor families, children and seniors in Santa Cruz County.

The Health Trust
Donated more than $260,000 in one year to support the advancement of wellness through health educational programs to teach people to prevent and manage diabetic conditions.

Christmas in the Park and Downtown Ice
Raised $123,500 for each activity to preserve Christmas in the Park and Downtown Ice, which attracts more than 500,000 visitors annually to downtown San Jose.

Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools / Team California for Healthier Kids
Raised nearly $342,000 to place 122 salad bars in 120 Silicon Valley schools serving 98,000 students.

Signature Events and Programs

Applied Materials “Silicon Valley Turkey Trot”


The Applied Materials “Silicon Valley Turkey Trot” reached its 11th year with 26,000 participants, raising $950,000 for the Healthier Kids Foundation Santa Clara County, Housing Trust Silicon Valley, Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties, Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Cruz County and The Health Trust. Founded by Silicon Valley Leadership Group President and CEO Carl Guardino in 2005, the Turkey Trot has raised nearly $5.1 million over the past 11 years for families in need. It’s a 5K and 10K walk/run through downtown San Jose.

Register for this year’s Turkey Trot, November 24, here.



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TiVo “Santa Run Silicon Valley”

The 2015 TiVo “Santa Run Silicon Valley” had more than 2,500 registrants who supported the 4th annual run, raising $400,000 for Christmas in the Park and Downtown Ice along with collecting 790 children books in three years for Reading Partners. The 5K run is held in downtown San Jose.

Learn more about the Santa Run at

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Lam Research “Heart & Soles 5K”


The newest Foundation race, the Lam Research “Heart & Soles 5K,” raised more than $342,000 to place 122 salad bars in 120 Silicon Valley K-12 schools in two years, which serve 98,000 students.

Register for the March 12th Heart and Soles 5K here.

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1000 Hearts for 1000 Minds

“1000 Hearts for 1000 Minds” is a joint effort of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group and the Office of San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo to tutor and mentor Silicon Valley K-10 students from underserved communities who are struggling in the core areas of reading, math and science. 1000 Hearts strives to find caring adult volunteers, from college students to retirees, to serve as tutors and mentors for students in need of additional support.

To learn more visit

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Latinos in Technology Scholarship Initiative


In partnership with the Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley, the Latinos in Tech initiative will help provide scholarships to 500 local students to earn college degrees in STEM fields. This program will provide up to 100 scholarships annually for five (5) years to incoming Latino college juniors who have chosen a STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) related major. Additionally, sponsoring corporate investors will provide summer internships to the scholarship recipients.

Learn more about the Latinos in Tech Initiatiative here.

California Climate Breakthrough Initiative

Incubated within the Leadership Group Foundation through 2016, the California Climate Breakthrough Initiative helps educate the general public and engage key influencers regarding climate change impacts and solutions.

For more information, visit