SVB Volunteers


SVB in the Community

Our employees worldwide support a variety of programs that focus on entrepreneurial development, community improvement, healthy living and the arts through fundraising and volunteerism.


Entrepreneurial Development

BUILD (Businesses United in Investing, Lending and Development)
BUILD is a social venture, chartered in September 1999, which bridges the divide between youth in East Palo Alto and Eastern Menlo Park and the business and intellectual resources of Silicon Valley. BUILD empowers youth from low-income communities to excel in the classroom, on the job, and beyond by giving them an education in entrepreneurship. By encouraging students to develop their own small businesses, BUILD extends traditional entrepreneurial education far beyond the classroom and provides students with real-world business experiences. Intensive involvement of local business and community leaders in mentoring and support of the students, and an operating youth incubator are central and distinctive components of the program.

Glow Foundation
The Glow Foundation was founded in 2006 to address the financial barriers that high-potential, low-income students face in attending and graduating from college. Glow provides financial education, mentoring and "unmet need" scholarships to high potential college-ready students from under-resourced communities.

Entrepreneurs Foundation
Entrepreneurs Foundation is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to strengthening the ties between entrepreneurial companies in the San Francisco Bay Area and the communities in which they operate and their employees reside. Entrepreneurs Foundation enables companies to incorporate corporate citizenship, community involvement and philanthropy into their corporate culture. Since its inception, over 140 companies have joined Entrepreneurs Foundation and established corporate citizenship programs.

Network For Teaching Entrepreneurship
The Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship's mission is to provide programs that inspire young people from low-income communities to stay in school, to recognize business opportunities and to plan for successful futures.


Community Improvement

Best Buddies International
Best Buddies International is a nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of people with intellectual disabilities by providing opportunities for one-to-one friendships and integrated employment.

Salvation Army Adopt-a-Family Program
Adopt-a-Family pairs a needy family with a host who provides gifts and food for Christmas. Families included in this program have suffered a hardship that has temporarily set them back such as being burned out of their home; having a primary earner die or became ill; having a grandparent or family member suddenly become the guardian of a child/children; or unemployment.

Second Harvest Food Bank
The Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties is a private, nonprofit organization that collects and distributes more than 26 million pounds of food each year to low-income children, adults, and seniors. The food bank currently serves an average of 167,000 individuals each month, of which nearly 60 percent are families with children.

Sponsor a Soldier
In an effort to support family members of SVB employees who are currently deployed abroad,SVB created aprogram calledSponsor a Soldier. Any SVB team or individual can be matched with a soldier who is related to one of our employees to send letters, magazines and little things they may miss from home.


Finding A Cure

Leukemia-Lymphoma Society
The mission of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. LLS is the world's largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer. LLS funds lifesaving blood cancer research around the world and provides free information and support services. SVB participates in LLS' two primary fundraisers: Team-in-Training and Light the Night.