Meet Six Young People with Big Ideas
The Bay Area Inspire Awards is PVF's community initiative that provides $5,000 year-long grants to 18-30 year olds with fresh ideas for building better communities in San Francisco, Alameda, and San Mateo Counties.

We recently announced this round's six winners and gathered the awardees and advisers for a Kick Off event. Here are this year's six winners:

Tiphereth Banks
Sauti: Therapeutic Art Workshops for Youth

Using art and its ability to heal emotional wounds, Tiphereth will host monthly therapeutic art workshops for Bay Area youth who have overcome traumatic experiences, focusing on foster youth and incarcerated youth, from the ages of 10 and older.
Eugene "Ace" Johnson
Talent Tour - Talent Shows at Oakland High Schools

Ace will produce talent showcases in underserved schools within urban communities as a positive outlet and platform for creative expression. These talent shows will involve the community and empower students to use their gifts and talents to express the issues they face and change the world.
Connie Liu
Project Invent: Students Designing for Social Good

Connie aims to empower high school students across the Bay Area to invent towards a better community. In her project, students will invent solutions to problems like homelessness and poor education while developing design and engineering skills along the way.
Ahzha McFadden
Menlo-Atherton Ecology Research Outdoors Science Program

Ahzha is expanding an outdoor program aiming to provide a fun and supportive community for high school English Language Learners and help them develop the academic and communication skills needed to excel in high school and beyond.
Samantha Solomon
Build Your Own Computer Lab - Supporting Emerging Tech Leaders

Samantha's project is about giving middle and high school students access to computers by building their own computers, which will then be used for a computer lab in the library and as tools for students who want to learn coding and pursue more work with technology.
Claudia Luz Suarez
Our Story, Our Lens: Faces of the Undocumented

Collaborating with and training migrant youth, Claudia will create a documentary series that focuses on the acts of representation, remembering, and archiving of the undocumented experiences of migrants who are often ignored by media due to age, nationality, or status.
Tracy Nguyen, a previous Bay Area Inspire Award winner, joined us for graphic facilitation. She illustrated notes as the awardees presented their project ideas.
We at PVF are proud to inspire innovative ideas for improving social equality and provide the financial support to help make these ideas a reality.
Tom Ford Fellows Reflect on Their Experiences
Philanthropic Ventures Foundation helps people enter foundation work and find meaningful positions in the service sector and helps foundations make their own work more meaningful.

To that end, in 2001, PVF designed two philanthropy fellowship programs and currently continues to run these programs in partnership with Stanford University's Haas Center for Public Service.

One is the Sand Hill Fellowship Program, providing intensive full-time summer internships for Stanford undergraduates at local foundations. The other is the Tom Ford Fellowship Program, providing Stanford graduates with full-time one-year internships (related to the fellows' interests and experiences) in philanthropic foundations across the country. Created in honor of Susan Ford Dorsey's late husband Tom Ford, both programs have been funded by Susan Ford Dorsey and the Sand Hill Foundation for the last 16 years.
(L-R) Hannah Meropol, Joy Scott, and Nicolle Richards
At the end of the internship, the students report on their experience. Click below to read what the most recent Tom Ford Fellows had to say.
About the Editors
James Higa
James Higa, Executive Director, brings 28 years of executive experience from Silicon Valley, working with Steve Jobs to change the face of technology. He was at the birth of the personal computer revolution as a member of the original Macintosh team and was deeply involved in the creation of many products and services at Apple over 3 decades. He has a long history of public service as a board member of Stanford's Haas Center and in grassroots relief efforts.
Bill Somerville, Founder, has been in non-profit and philanthropic work for over 50 years. He was the director of a community foundation for 17 years, and in 1991 founded Philanthropic Ventures Foundation where he serves as President. Bill has consulted at over 400 community foundations, on creative grantmaking and foundation operations. Bill is the author of  Grassroots Philanthropy: Field Notes of a Maverick Grantmaker
About PVF
PVF is a demonstration foundation practicing unique forms of grantmaking and innovative philanthropy. Our primary interest is in the creative and significant use of the philanthropic dollar.
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