On Thursday, November 5, at an awards banquet held at the Santa Clara Marriott, the Sharks Foundation was recognized by the Silicon Valley Business Journal as one of the top 50 Corporate Philanthropists in Silicon Valley for the 2014 Fiscal Year. By contributing more than $800K to local charitable organizations, the Sharks Foundation finished the year ranked No. 25 and was one of only two of the Bay Area’s professional sports franchises to be recognized at the awards dinner.
In 2013-‘14, the Sharks Foundation Board of Directors selected beneficiaries from nearly 100 grant applications that were submitted. The selected organizations all met the criteria set forth by the Sharks Foundation which states that the organization must be classified as a public 501(c)3 non-profit group that offers programs that support local youth in Santa Clara County.
That year, the Sharks Foundation worked with ACE Charter Schools, American Heart Association Silicon Valley, Assistance League San Jose, Breakthrough Silicon Valley, California Community Partners for Youth (CCPY), EHC LifeBuilders, Environmental Volunteers, Inc., Family Supportive Housing, Healthy Living, George Mark Children’s House, Loaves & Fishes Family Kitchen, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, Montalvo Arts Center, Partners in School Innovation, Playworks, Sacred Heart Community Service, San Jose Jazz, Sunnyvale Community Services, Turning Wheels for Kids, Via Services, Youth Science Institute, and YWCA Silicon Valley.
The Sharks Foundation is dedicated to enhancing the lives of underserved youth and families in the community with an emphasis in the areas of education, health and safety, and character development. The Foundation supplies emergency aid when appropriate, executes unique and relevant programming, supports the advancement of youth hockey, and provides financial support and resources to organizations that enrich the lives of those in need.
Since its inception, the Foundation has distributed nearly $8.6 million to more than 160 non-profit organizations.