Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund celebrates 15 years of philanthropy

Posted on Apr 25, 2014 by

In 2001, a young philanthropic organization made a grant to a nonprofit that wasn't much older. Opportunity Fund (then known as Lenders for Community Development) was a small microfinance organization with a goal to help the Silicon Valley's working families.

Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund (known as SV2) was a small group of idealistic individuals committed to creating a more engaged model of philanthropy. Today—as SV2 celebrates 15 years and Opportunity Fund marks 20—we have both come a long way. SV2's early grant was a turning point for Opportunity Fund. It was a forward-looking investment in our organizational capacity that helped us plan a path to the future—to where we are today as California's largest microfinance provider. At the same time, SV2 has grown into a model for thoughtful and effective philanthropy that has been copied throughout the funding world.

Happy birthday, SV2, from your grateful friends and fans at Opportunity Fund!

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