Second Harvest Food Bank participated in the release of a groundbreaking report on Silicon Valley nonprofits and philanthropy, authored by Open Impact. The Giving Code: The State of Silicon Valley Nonprofits and Philanthropy discusses why local community-based nonprofit organizations are struggling to meet demand in one of the wealthiest and most innovative regions of the country. The report includes a sidebar from Second Harvest discussing the rising need for nonprofit services in our area.

Our CEO, Kathy Jackson, also served on the panel at the report’s release. Other panelists included:

  • Anthony Chang, Founder and Executive Director, Kitchen Table Advisors
  • Kathy Kwan, local philanthropist, Eustace-Kwan Family Foundation
  • Carol Larson, President and CEO, The David and Lucile Packard Foundation

An excerpt from our sidebar reads, “The number of people we serve increased dramatically during the Great Recession, but we had hoped and expected those numbers would drop as the economy rebounded. Instead, today we find ourselves serving more than a quarter of a million people monthly— a 10,000-per-month increase compared with just a year ago and more than we served at the height of the recession.”

This rising need for services and the stagnant nature of local resources has caused a disconnect in the local philanthropic ecosystem.

The Giving Code report goes on to describe how local nonprofit organizations and philanthropists can bridge these gaps by using innovative and entrepreneurial ideas to solve big community challenges like hunger. Second Harvest has already adopted many of these strategies and will use this knowledge to further strengthen our partnerships with local philanthropists in our fight for a hunger-free community.

Click here to download the report.