Paul Velaski Joins SVCF as Chief Financial Officer

MOUNTAIN VIEW - Silicon Valley Community Foundation is pleased to announce the hire of Paul Velaski as its new chief financial officer. Velaski, formerly chief financial officer at the Arizona Community Foundation, joined SVCF on Aug. 4.

“We are excited to have Paul Velaski joining our team as CFO,” said Emmett Carson, CEO and president of SVCF. “Paul brings substantial relevant experience coupled with an entrepreneur's mindset, making him the perfect person to lead our growing accounting, finance, grants and gifts management and investment operations.

Velaski, who had served as CFO at the Arizona Community Foundation since 2007, has broad experience in the nonprofit sector as well as the corporate world. He started his career at Arthur Andersen as a senior accountant in the audit division. He left there to work for First Bank System Inc. and then transitioned into the charitable sector with the Special Olympics, where he spent 11 years in finance, operations and marketing. He served as vice president and chief financial officer of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America, and also as interim president and CEO of that organization prior to joining the Arizona Community Foundation.

With Velaski’s arrival, Vera Bennett, who had served as both CFO and chief operating officer for SVCF since 2013, will focus solely on her role as COO.


About Silicon Valley Community Foundation

Silicon Valley Community Foundation makes all forms of philanthropy more powerful. We serve as a catalyst and leader for innovative solutions to our region’s most challenging problems, and through our donors we award more money to charities than any other community foundation in the United States. SVCF has more than $4.7 billion in assets under management. As Silicon Valley’s center of philanthropy, we provide thousands of individuals, families and corporations with simple and effective ways to give locally and around the world. Find out more at

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