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Philanthropy Chat: Janet Camarena Interviews Eleanor Clement Glass of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation

San Francisco, CA
September 23, 2008

Eleanor Clement Glass, chief of donor engagement and giving at the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, discusses the foundation's new giving priorities, how the current economic crisis is informing the foundation's work, what's on the minds of Silicon Valley donors, and trends in the Silicon Valley philanthropy scene.

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Total running time: 49 minutes, 34 seconds

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Eleanor Clement Glass Eleanor Clement Glass brings a wealth of leadership and 25 years of nonprofit experience to her role as chief of donor engagement and giving at the Silicon Valley Community Foundation. Eleanor is not new to community foundations. She joined The San Francisco Foundation in 1993 and served as the education program officer and later, director of programs. The David and Lucile Packard Foundation engaged her services as special advisor in philanthropy in its Organizational Effectiveness and Philanthropy department to design a grantmaking portfolio to strengthen California community foundations and emerging donor education programs across the nation.

The past five years were devoted to the creation of exciting learning opportunities for individual donors and institutional funders at The Foundation Incubator. She became the director of the Philanthropy Incubator, a joint venture of the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University and Community Foundation Silicon Valley, to bring the TFI model of donor education to the Silicon Valley. Her expertise in philanthropy has been widely shared with colleagues in philanthropy. She has regularly provided trainings through the Association of Small Foundations, Northern California Grantmakers, Grantmakers for Education, Grantmakers for Children, Youth, and Families and staff development at large foundations such as California Wellness Foundation, David and Lucile Packard Foundation, and W.K.Kellogg Foundation.

Active in the community, Eleanor currently serves on the boards of Hands On Bay Area and Community Network for Youth Development. She is also on the advisory board of the Foundation Center, and is active in Bay Area Blacks for Philanthropy and Asian American and Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy.

She lives in Oakland with her husband. She has a son who recently graduated in Economics from Stanford University and a daughter who is currently earning a degree in early childhood education at Chabot Community College.

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