Mark Stevens

Mark Stevens

venture capitalist Based in Menlo Park, California, Mark Stevens is a venture capitalist with three decades of experience investing in the technology industry. Currently, he serves as managing partner of S-Cubed Capital and as a special limited partner of Sequoia Capital. He currently  sits on the boards of directors of Second Spectrum, Nvidia, and Innovium.… Continue Reading

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7 Bay Area Nonprofits & Charities You Need to Know About

In this article, we look at seven important charities in the Bay Area and the vital work they undertake.

The Hoover Institution

The Hoover Institution

Headquartered at Stanford University, the Hoover Institution seeks to advance ideas promoting economic prosperity and opportunity, with the ultimate aim of improving the human condition and safeguarding peace for the US and the world.

Established in 1919, the Hoover Institution includes a world-renowned library and archives. The library was established at Stanford by alumnus Herbert Hoover before he became president. His aim was to create a collection of materials related to World War I. In later years, the organization expanded its focus to include research. By 2015, the collection had outgrown the iconic Hoover Tower, and work commenced on a new 50,000-square-foot building on the Stanford campus.



Based in Silicon Valley, LifeMoves supports people experiencing homeless, helping them return to stable housing. In 2019, the organization assisted more than 2,100 clients in finding stable housing. LifeMoves provides support to 950 people every night, providing food, shelter, clothing, and vital services.

LifeMoves operates 17 shelters between San Jose and Daly City, providing people experiencing homeless with a temporary place to call home while also offering customized, intensive case management. The organization supports 9,350 women, men, and children every year, helping them find temporary and permanent housing, and ultimately achieve long-term stability.  

YMCA Silicon Valley

YMCA Silicon Valley

For more than 150 years, the YMCA has been responding to critical social needs, providing programs to strengthen the foundations of local communities. The organization brings people together, nurtures the potential of teens and students, strengthens community wellbeing, and creates opportunities to give back.

YMCA Silicon Valley welcomes all people, irrespective of their background, income, age, race, and abilities, offering education, supportive services, and a welcoming place to relax, gather, exercise, and learn. The organization offers a truly impressive array of community-focused services and programs, including health screenings and assessments, diabetes prevention and other health education classes, exercise classes, after-school care, summer day camps, a meals program for children, adult and youth sports leagues, teen leadership development programs, and much more.

Second Harvest Silicon Valley

Second Harvest Silicon Valley

This Silicon Valley-based organization is committed to creating a hunger-free society. Second Harvest is one of the country’s largest food banks, and through its network of partners, it distributes food to virtually every neighborhood in Silicon Valley, serving more than 250,000 people.

In addition to supplying food to soup kitchens, shelters, food pantries, schools, and other partners, Second Harvest operates a grocery program to distribute fresh produce directly to Silicon Valley residents in need. It also works with local school districts to provide free summer meals for children throughout Santa Clara and San Mateo counties.

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Peninsula

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Peninsula

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Peninsula (BGCP) is a nonprofit organization that is committed to partnering with schools throughout Menlo Park, Redwood City, and East Palo Alto to ensure that young people from low-income families receive equal opportunities to graduate high school, attend college, and build rewarding careers. In all, the organization serves 2,500 youth in these Peninsula cities.

BGCP’s mission is to close the opportunity gap, ensure that local prosperity is felt by all, and foster a culture of opportunity and optimism within all communities throughout Silicon Valley. To that end, BGCP’s programs include after-school care for kindergarten through 8th grade youth, teen summer programs, academic enrichment and homework help, and the Future Grads program, which supports high school students in their transition to college. 

Golden State Warriors Community Foundation

Golden State Warriors Community Foundation

The charitable arm of the NBA’s Golden State Warriors supports youth development and education across the Bay Area, helping students, communities, and schools thrive.

In the 2019-2020 fiscal year, the Golden State Warriors Community Foundation awarded $1.75 million in philanthropic grants that support educational equity across San Francisco and Alameda counties.

The organization’s ongoing mission is to strengthen youth development and education programs. In light of the current pandemic, the foundation has established a special Covid-19 Disaster Relief Fund.

Since the foundation was established, it has provided $12 million in grants across San Francisco and Alameda counties, donated 15,000 game tickets to share the excitement and joy of Warriors home games with local nonprofits and schools, and refurbished more than 50 outdoor basketball courts. These courts play a big role in creating clean, safe environments for children and young people to play in parks across the Bay Area.

Parents Helping Parents

Parents Helping Parents

Based in San Jose, Parents Helping Parents is dedicated to supporting families of people with special needs. PHP staff help people identify and obtain the resources they need to support their child or adult family member with special needs—for example, the services and learning accommodations a child with autism may be legally entitled to through their school. The organization also organizes parent support groups to help parents of special needs kids connect, offer mutual support, and learn from each other.  

Additionally, PHP’s website provides a wide variety of online resources, including an e-learning library, where families can access podcasts, videos, and other materials on a variety of topics from assistive technology, to covid-19 resources, to education and public benefits.

West Valley Community Services: Halting Hunger in Santa Clara County

West Valley Community Services (WVCS) serves the communities of Saratoga, West San Jose, Cupertino, Monte Sereno, and Los Gatos in California’s Santa Clara County. Continue Reading

5 American Charities Working to End Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s is a progressive, irreversible brain disorder that impairs memory and cognitive function. Over time, it affects a person’s ability to complete the simplest tasks. Continue Reading

Everything You Need to Know About the Team Up! Campaign

The Team Up! campaign encourages US Olympic Committee employees to get involved and give back to Team USA. In this article, we look at the work undertaken under the Team Up! campaign, and how the US Olympic and Paralympic Foundation goes above and beyond to support athletes across the USA. Continue Reading

Parents Helping Parents Supports People With Disabilities Amid the Pandemic

A 501(c)3 organization based San Jose, California, Parents Helping Parents aims to provide vital services to enable families and communities to help adults and youth with special needs to build a better and brighter future. Continue Reading

Everything You Need to Know About St. Denis Parish Church

In this article we look at the history of St. Denis Catholic Church, exploring the vital contributions made through its outreach programs, which support individuals facing difficulties and the entire community of Menlo Park. Continue Reading

What is the Supporting Older Americans Act of 2020?

The Supporting Older Americans Act of 2020 was just passed into law. Here’s how it will improve support for people with Alzheimer’s. Continue Reading

Amador Valley Investment Club Host Q&A With Mark Stevens on Venture Capital and Covid-19

Mark spoke to students from the Amador Valley Investment Club as well as other high schools virtually on May 27th, 2020. Continue Reading

Spotlight on the YMCA Covid-19 Childcare Program

In this article, we look at the YMCA Silicon Valley’s Covid-19 Childcare Program, which provides childcare for essential and frontline workers. Continue Reading

Mark Stevens Spoke to Graduates During the University of Southern California’s 2020 Student Athlete Graduation

Mr. Stevens recognized this year’s record-breaking number of Stevens Scholars, who have demonstrated athletic and academic excellence by graduating with a 3.5 cumulative GPA or higher. Continue Reading

Spotlight on the Penninsula Arts Guild Non-Profit

We look at the Peninsula Arts Guild and its work converting Menlo Park’s Guild Theatre into a top-tier live music and entertainment venue. Continue Reading

Spotlight on Second Harvest of the Valley

A nonprofit organization, Second Harvest of Silicon Valley aims to eradicate food poverty. Learn about the food bank’s role in the community. Continue Reading

Learn about the San Francisco Symphony, including its history, educational programs, and internationally renowned Youth Orchestra.

Learn about the San Francisco Symphony, including its history, educational programs, and internationally renowned Youth Orchestra. Continue Reading

Everything You Should Know About Parents Helping Parents

Learn about the work of Parents Helping Parents, a California-based nonprofit that supports the parents of children with special needs. Continue Reading

9 Things You need to Know About YMCA Silicon Valley

Since 1867, the YMCA has been listening and responding to the needs of people living in San Jose and the South Bay Area. We look at the organization’s vital work, helping young people reach their true potential and improving health and wellbeing within the local community. Continue Reading

8 of the Facts You Need to Know About Cristo Rey San José Jesuit High School

Cristo Rey San José Jesuit High School is a Jesuit Catholic school located in Santa Clara Street, San José, California. Here’s how the school empowers students from underserved communities, spiritually preparing them to become accomplished leaders committed to the lifelong pursuit of learning, justice, and faith. Continue Reading

Spotlight on the Challenged Athletes Foundation

The Challenged Athletes Foundation’s moto is “Empowering Lives Through Sport.” We look at the organization’s activities, which inspire people with physical challenges in America and around the world to get active and participate in sports. Continue Reading

This Is What You Need to Know About the Team Behind the Team VIP Weekend 2019

The U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Foundation was founded in 2013. This 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization is Team USA’s chief source of philanthropic support. It generates important financial resources that enable Team USA athletes to attain their full potential, both within and outside of their chosen sports. Continue Reading

Mark and Mary Stevens – The Giving Pledge

“We are proud to join Warren Buffett, Bill and Melinda Gates and the others who have committed to the Giving Pledge. My wife, Mary, and I feel very fortunate and blessed that we find ourselves, at a relatively young age, to be able to give our time, treasure and talent to a variety of philanthropic… Continue Reading

Mark and Mary Stevens Champion Philanthropy at USC and Beyond

Their generosity has endowed several programs and centers important to USC’s future. MARK STEVENS ’81, MS ’84 and his wife, Mary, are committed to the Giving Pledge, a promise among the world’s wealthiest people to commit more than half of their fortune to charitable causes that leave the world a better place. “There are three things you… Continue Reading