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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A Look at 6 Nonprofits’ Response to the Pandemic

Throughout the pandemic, nonprofits have worked tirelessly to provide continued support to vulnerable demographics, striving to keep clients, staff, and volunteers safe, while at the same time striving to meet rapidly evolving needs in the community. In the following, we examine six nonprofits and their response to the pandemic.

YMCA Silicon Valley

The closure of many Bay Area schools has left a number of essential workers struggling to find childcare. In response, YMCA Silicon Valley launched a childcare program for frontline workers in partnership with El Camino Hospital, which is situated next door to the El Camino YMCA. The program has benefited many families, providing children with a temporary escape where they can enjoy a sense of normalcy. Meanwhile, the program has enabled frontline workers to return to their roles with a focus on helping people who are critically ill.

CollegeSpring

CollegeSpring is a nonprofit dedicated to helping students in need to maximize their educational potential. In response to school closures, College Spring shifted its focus away from in-house education to virtual learning programs, developing digital content and online testing schemes. With many of its clients already facing significant disadvantages in terms of gaining admission to college, representatives expressed concern that the loss of months of classroom time for test preparation and instruction would widen the equity gap.

AmericaShare

Moreover, experts predict that Covid-19 will impact developing nations more acutely. AmericaShare is a nonprofit dedicating to improving the lives of children in Mukuru, Nairobi, Kenya, providing disadvantaged children with basic educational resources to facilitate sustainable change.

As part of its Covid-19 response efforts, AmericaShare distributed reusable face masks to all of its sponsored students, as well as their families. With many people unable to find work and families critically in need of food, AmericaShare quickly began delivering food packages via a local grocery store, providing non-perishable staple items to Kenyan families, including rice, wheat flour, maize flour, cooking oil, and beans.

In order to support students enrolled in its school sponsorship program, AmericaShare distributed smartphones loaded with educational resources, circulating data to increase access to online learning. The organization created online classes and study groups, enabling students to remain engaged and connected with a focus on promoting year-round learning in spite of significant disruptions created by the pandemic.

People experiencing homelessness face an increased risk of contracting Covid-19 since they often share accommodations. Implementing adequate social distancing measures can prove challenging in a shelter. In addition, the prevalence of pre-existing health conditions that pervades the community of people experiencing homelessness means that those with Covid-19 are more likely to develop life-threatening symptoms.

LifeMoves

Based in Silicon Valley, LifeMoves is dedicated to helping people experiencing homelessness to return to stable housing. Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, LiveMoves has sought to continue delivering its critical services with a commitment to supporting clients, staff, and local communities.

In response to the pandemic, LifeMoves launched an emergency relief fund, calling on patrons to host fundraisers. LifeMoves offers a range of vital services, supporting individuals and families experiencing homelessness. In addition, the organization provides food, shelter, childcare, therapeutic services, and educational programs.

Second Harvest Community Food Bank

The Second Harvest Community Food Bank also caters to families in need. Throughout the pandemic, Second Harvest has continued to partner with more than 50 agencies including Backpack Buddies and the Fresh Mobile Pantry in order to deliver services and programs to people in need.

Alzheimer’s Association

Living with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia has presented significant challenges. Coronavirus has exacerbated these difficulties, making daily life that much harder.
The Alzheimer’s Association is committed to helping people with dementia and their families, providing a wealth of online resources, including Alzheimer’s Association TrialMatch, a free clinical study matching service that is easy to navigate.

In response to Covid-19, the Alzheimer’s Association launched its Covid-19 Help Center to keep families up to date by providing a wealth of tips and resources about coronavirus designed for people living with dementia.

The economic fallout

While the pandemic has been touted by some as “the great leveler,” it has deepened the chasm between the “haves” and the “have-nots.” After all, not everyone has access to digital technology, or even a home in which to take refuge.

Overall, approximately 25% of US adults have reported that at least one person in their household has lost their job due to Covid-19, with young adults and people with lower incomes disproportionately affected. Families who are already struggling have fallen further beneath the poverty line due to pay cuts and a reduction in working hours.

Since the emergence of Covid-19 in Wuhan, China, the economic fallout has continued, with people with low incomes hit the hardest. Research reveals that ethnic minorities have been disproportionately affected by coronavirus compared with Caucasians, with a greater risk of developing severe, life-threatening symptoms.

Spotlight on the Human Prosperity Project at the Hoover Institution

The Human Prosperity Project explores the differences between socialism and capitalism and the impact of the two systems on economic development. Continue Reading

What Is Alzheimer’s Disease and Is There a Cure?

Alzheimer’s disease is a debilitating, life-threatening condition that severely impacts quality of life. We look at common signs and symptoms. Continue Reading

LifeMoves: Working to Help Silicon Valley’s Homeless Community

With the homeless community particularly vulnerable to Covid-19, LifeMoves is doing important work in Silicon Valley. Continue Reading

10 Things You Need to Know about CollegeSpring

This article explores the history and impact of CollegeSpring, an organization that has helped over 30,000 students achieve academic success. Continue Reading

The Facts You Need to Know about Alzheimer’s Disease

From the disease’s discovery to its seven stages, we take an in-depth look at Alzheimer’s disease. Continue Reading

A Look at CAF’s Response to the Pandemic

In this article, we look at the Challenged Athletes Foundation’s response to the global outbreak of Covid-19. Continue Reading

Spotlight on the WVCS Covid-19 Relief Program

We investigate how West Valley Community Services (WVCS) is supporting families throughout the West Valley throughout the COVID-19 crisis. Continue Reading

5 Silicon Valley Nonprofits You Need to Know About

Benefiting causes including everything from homelessness to college preparedness, these five organizations support communities in Silicon Valley. Continue Reading

Parents Helping Parents: A Vital Resource for Parents of Children with Special Needs

We look at the work of Parents Helping Parents, exploring how this Bay Area non-profit supports parents of children with special needs. Continue Reading

7 of the Best American Charities Serving People Facing Homelessness

From Covenant House to LifeMoves, we look at seven American charities that help people facing homelessness. Continue Reading

CollegeSpring: Democratizing College Test Prep for Low-Income Students

We look at the work of CollegeSpring, an American organization that helps young people prepare for exams, paving the way for a college education. Continue Reading

7 Bay Area Nonprofits & Charities You Need to Know About

In this article, we look at seven charities and nonprofits in the Bay Area, from educational organizations, to food banks, to parent support groups. Continue Reading

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