Silicon Valley is not only one of the world's most important sources of new ideas and wealth, it has also become a new center of philanthropy. But philanthropy, Silicon Valley-style, looks to be as innovative as Google, Facebook, and Instagram. New tech-billionaires like Mark Zuckerberg and Peter Thiel have made clear that they will not only act philanthropically but will do so while they are still young, while seeking new types of causes and financial vehicles to support.
Few people know the culture of Silicon Valley philanthropy better than Emmett Carson, founding CEO of the more than $7 billion Silicon Valley Community Foundation. At MI's 2016 William E. Simon Forum on Philanthropy and Social Entrepreneurship, Carson discussed the means and motivations of America’s new generation of major philanthropists—and what to expect from their charitable giving.
Emmett Carson has served as chief executive officer of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation since 2006. SVCF’s 1,700 family and corporate donor funds support a wide range of causes in the Bay Area, as well as across the U.S. and internationally. Previously, Carson served as CEO of the Minneapolis Foundation and as head of global grantmaking for the Ford Foundation. He earned his B.A. from Morehouse College and M.A. and Ph.D. from Princeton University.