The Big Lift has raised $30 million from public and private sources.


The Social Innovation Fund
San Mateo County Board of Supervisors – Measure A
First 5 San Mateo County
Federal Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge
The W.K. Kellogg Foundation
Heising-Simons Foundation
Silicon Valley Social Venture (SV2)
Silicon Valley Community Foundation
Philanthropic Ventures Foundation
United Way of the Bay Area
Rise Together Bay Area



But that is only the beginning.


It will take an estimated $50 million a year to make this work long-term for all the kids who need support. We know this county has what it takes to get the job done.

As awareness of the importance of transforming early education grows, we expect more federal, state and local funding to follow. If Oklahoma and Georgia can find the funds to do it, we think we can too.





What’s the Social Innovation Fund? 

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In September 2014, the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) named Silicon Valley Community Foundation (SVCF) as one of seven recipients nationwide of a Social Innovation Fund grant.

Over the course of three years, the Social Innovation Fund grant provided $7.5 million to increase the reading proficiency of children in San Mateo County through the ambitious countywide effort known as The Big Lift.

“The Big Lift Initiative is an innovative program offering compelling solutions to the persistent challenges facing San Mateo County,” said Lois Nembhard, Acting Director of the Social Innovation Fund. “The competition process was highly selective, and we are eager to have the opportunity to work with Silicon Valley Community Foundation to expand their high-impact work to serve more people in need.”

The Social Innovation Fund requires local matching funds, a significant percentage of which will be provided by the County of San Mateo. The Measure A sales tax was approved by San Mateo County voters in 2012. The county has made an initial contribution of $15 million from Measure A funds for The Big Lift.



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