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Sunlight Giving seeks to build vibrant, diverse, and safe communities where all families have access to stable shelter, food security, quality health care, joy, and opportunity.

Too many families in Silicon Valley do not have access to basic resources. Current research suggests that safe and affordable housing, physical safety, healthy food, and quality health care are vital for families to achieve stability. Resources that address these needs can have a significant impact on improved health and social and economic outcomes for families. In particular, young children see exponential benefits from having access to these resources. These findings compel us to give.

As one of the three sister organizations in the Wildcard Giving family, Sunlight Giving’s grantmaking works in tandem with Acton Family Giving’s empathy building initiative and Solidarity Giving’s stand for social justice. Together, the three philanthropic entities support communities across the country and beyond. They share a commitment to the philanthropic values of being in service to the public trust, upholding transparency in grantmaking, providing general and flexible operating support, continuing to learn and adapt, and trusting grantees and the communities they serve.

- Tegan and Brian Acton

About the foundation

Sunlight Giving believes a child’s economic status should not define their future. The foundation is dedicated to supporting nonprofits that ensure young children and their families living in poverty in greater Silicon Valley have access to the resources they need to thrive. We support organizations working to increase access to safety net services, including food, housing, health care, family support resources, and safe spaces in greater Silicon Valley. Our geographic footprint includes the following counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Merced, Monterey, San Benito, San Joaquin, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, and Stanislaus. We also make select grants to state and national advocacy efforts on behalf of our program areas. 

Sunlight Giving is a family foundation established in 2014 by Tegan and Brian Acton following the sale of WhatsApp, a global messaging service, to Facebook. It complements the work of its sister philanthropic entities in Wildcard GivingActon Family Giving and Solidarity Giving