July 10, 2020 - David Witkowski, Executive Director of Joint Venture’s Civic Technologies Initiative, posits that while virtual learning helps reduce the risk of person-to-person transmission, schools face a new problem – how to ensure every student has internet access to continue their education remotely.
Witkowski’s article, published in the UK-based Further Education News, details how the homework gap went from an embarrassing inconvenience to a social crisis. “The issue of digital equity can no longer be ignored,” says Witkowski. He urges unity to distribute hotspots and laptops, provide digital literacy training and to raise awareness.
July 7, 2020 - Joint Venture’s Institute for Regional Studies has determined that as of June, the region’s COVID-19 response funds topped $66 million, a figure that is more than 17 percent over typical annual funding from local foundations. The Institute compares 19 regional response funds with a range of focus areas, including housing needs, community-based nonprofits, small businesses, childcare providers, schools, and the needs of low-income individuals throughout the region.
The report shows that response funds within Santa Clara & San Mateo Counties have raised $66.1 million, with $58.1 million disbursed. Additional philanthropic commitments for local pandemic relief have been estimated at $45 million with more to come. Read the release
June 26, 2020 - Joint Venture’s Institute for Regional Studies has completed a quantitative assessment of Palo Alto’s businesses and economic activity. Commissioned by Stanford University prior to the onset of the COVID-19 crisis, the special report provides detailed information about the city’s existing business mix, an assessment of the existing impact of the city’s businesses to overall economic activity, and contributions to tax revenues.
The report exemplifies the economic impact modeling capabilities of the Institute, which have recently been expanded to include both Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties.
July 10, 2020 - Joint Venture’s Food Recovery initiative delivers food directly to those in need. A challenge even in the best of times, the process has been complicated by the pandemic. Yet the community has rallied through the Food Recovery Council with the support of the Wells Fargo Foundation.
Joint Venture's A La Carte Program, now administered by Loaves & Fishes Family Kitchen, has been named a co-recipient of the California Resource Recovery Association's Outstanding Food Recovery Award.
July 10, 2020 - Joint Venture’s Silicon Valley Talent Partnership (SVTP) pivoted as the pandemic set in. With several projects frozen in the pipeline, the SVTP team began to pair skilled volunteers to community-based non-profits working on COVID-19. Joining forces with Silicon Valley Strong, the city of San Jose, and the Silicon Valley Council of Nonprofits, SVTP took on the role of matching skilled volunteers to community organizations working on the front lines of the crisis. SVTP has matched 40 skilled volunteers to 17 organizations involved in relief efforts and generated a database of more than 1,100 skilled volunteers.
To volunteer, or suggest projects, contact Ashley Raggio.
July 10, 2020 - Karen Trapenberg Frick, an expert on transportation planning, has been named a distinguished fellow at Joint Venture’s Institute for Regional Studies. Professor Frick is the director of the University of California Transportation Center and a professor of city and regional planning at the Berkeley campus. Prior to joining the faculty she was a planner at the Metropolitan Transportation Commission.
The Institute’s distinguished fellows are thought leaders who engage with Silicon Valley’s public- and private-sector leaders through the Joint Venture
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