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Silicon Valley Gives: Getting Started

Friday, March 04, 2016 10:00 am - 11:00 am  PT

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It’s not too late to participate in Silicon Valley Gives (SVGives), our region’s online day of giving, taking place on May 3, 2016. Last year, SVGives raised nearly $8 million in just 24 hours for over 850 nonprofits in Santa Clara, San Mateo and San Benito counties. This year, with the addition of San Francisco county nonprofits, we expect a record number of Bay Area nonprofits to raise funds and share their impact. 

Hosted by Silicon Valley Community Foundation, SVGives provides a free online platform for nonprofits to share their story and raise funds from individuals. Prizes and matching grants excite the donor base to give knowing their support will be amplified. 

Join Lisa Barr and Lakshmi Krishnan, co-leads of SVGives, for this 1- hour webinar to learn how your nonprofit can participate. 

About the Speakers:


Lisa Barr is a Senior Development Officer at Silicon Valley Community Foundation and a co-lead of Silicon Valley Gives. Lisa works closely with new individual, corporate and nonprofit donors who are interested in partnering with SVCF to further their philanthropic interests. She actively manages and stewards such clients so they can open new funds, initiate gift transactions and engage in other forms of charitable giving. Lisa leads SVCF efforts to offer customized back-office services and investment opportunities to foundations and other nonprofits organizations. 

Prior to joining SVCF, Lisa served as Executive Director of Boston’s Longwood Symphony Orchestra, an ensemble of medical professionals that performs concerts to benefit health-related nonprofit organizations. She has also worked as a fundraiser and manager in arts organizations in Boston, Pittsburgh, Spokane, Grand Rapids and Aspen. An active volunteer, Lisa recently served as a Board Member of the Brookline Arts Center and the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network’s Boston chapter. Lisa holds an M.B.A. from Boston University, as well as a Bachelor of Music from Vanderbilt University where she also studied organizational development.

Lakshmi Krishnan

Lakshmi Krishnan is a Development Officer at Silicon Valley Community Foundation and a co-lead of Silicon Valley Gives. Lakshmi is responsible for supporting the strategy that seeks out and brings in new donors to SVCF. As a Development Officer, she specializes in developing relationships with nonprofit organizations to expand their investment opportunities and support them in partnering with SVCF to further their planned giving program. She also leads SVCF's strategic international outreach working with donors and nonprofits engaged in international giving.  Lakshmi currently serves as a board member of the AFP Silicon Valley chapter.  

Lakshmi brings with her international development experience working as a program officer for the corporate social responsibility unit of a well-known Indian automobile maker specializing in microfinance and creation of new income opportunities for women self-help groups (SHGs). She has also worked with grassroots organizations advocating for the rights to housing for slum-dwellers and bridging the gap in education for children in rural India. She is passionate in advocating for women’s rights and education for children fulfilling it through online volunteering and consulting for international nonprofits. Lakshmi holds a Master’s in Social Work specializing in family and child welfare from Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai, India.

Moderated By:

Ganga Dharmappa, Community Outreach Manager, Foundation Center West 

NOTE: When you click on "Register" you will be taken to a registration page on Adobe Connect, our webinar platform. Registration will be keyed to your e-mail address. If you've never taken a Foundation Center webinar before, click here to see how they work.

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