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Articles & Honors

The Sobrato Philanthropies’ unique giving approach and deep community impact has been honored by regional and national organizations, and recognized in articles by a range of newspapers, journals, and philanthropic publications.
 
 

Select articles describing philanthropic approach, by publishing year

 

2015

“Like No Place On Earth”
Santa Clara Magazine interview of John A. Sobrato by Michael S. Malone

 

“Thanks for a family that gives back”
San Jose Mercury News

 

2014

“Sobrato Foundation: A Shift to Grassroots Philanthropy”
Part of a multi-page cover story on Sobrato, published by Silicon Valley Business Journal

 

“Sobrato Family makes mark on South Bay”
ABC7 / KGO-TV interview by David Louie

 

2013

“John A. Sobrato and the Art of Making a Difference”
published by Silicon Valley Local Magazine

 

“Meet Silicon Valley’s 25 most generous companies”
published by Silicon Valley Business Journal

 

“Sobratos top Bay Area Giving with $37 Million”
published by San Francisco Business Times

 

“Funders Forum: Q & A with SFF CEO Rick Williams”
published by Foundation Center

 

Working Well with Grantees: A Guide for Program Officers
published by Center for Effective Philanthropy

 

“A PreK Model of Language Learning: The Sobrato Family Foundation invests in ELL model development in response to local need”
Case Study in Educating English Language Learners:
Grantmaking Strategies for Closing America’s other Achievement Gap

published by Grantmakers for Education

 

2012

“All in the Family” published by Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal

 

“The Spirit of Giving” published by Gentry: Wealth Magazine

 

2011

“Letting Go” published by Stanford Social Innovation Review

 

2007

“A Call to Action: Organizing to Increase the Effectiveness and Impact of Foundation Grantmaking” published by The National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy

 

General Operating Support Action Guide published by Grantmakers for Effective Organizations

 

“Sobrato Family Foundation: Building Capacity” appearing in
Advancing Philanthropy
, Association of Fundraising Professionals (National)

 

“Sobrato Foundation Is A Hit — Nationally” published by San Jose Mercury News

 

“Inside Look: Investing in People & Places” published by South Bay Accent

 

2006

“The Science Of Smart Giving: Squeezing the Most Good from Large-Scale Donations
Takes Serious Planning”
published by Business Week

 

2004

“Smart Money: General Operating Grants can be Strategic for Nonprofits and Foundations” published by Stanford Social Innovation Review

 

“Leading Boldly: Foundations can move past traditional approaches
to create social change through imaginative—and even controversial—leadership”

published by Stanford Social Innovation Review

 

2003

“Living a Legacy by Building a Better Silicon Valley” published by San Jose Magazine

 

2002

“The Sobrato Family: Builds Buildings and Futures” published by San Jose Magazine

 
 

Select awards recognizing Sobratos’ innovative grantmaking and community impact

 

2015

Silicon Valley Leadership Group
“Spirit of Silicon Valley” Lifetime Achievement Award, John A. and Sue  Sobrato

 

Rising Tide Capital
2015 Entrepreneurial Award for Philanthropy
, Sheri Sobrato Brisson

San Francisco Business Times
The Sobrato Organization among the “Fab Five” Top Corporate Philanthropists in the Bay Area

 

Forbes Magazine [Special Report] America’s 50 Top Givers in 2014 #40 John A. Sobrato & family

 

2014

California School Boards Association
Golden Bell Award for Common Core, Sobrato Early Academic Language Model

 

San Francisco Business Journal
2014 Top Corporate Philanthropist, The Sobrato Organization

 

San Francisco Business Times
The Sobrato Organization among the “Fab Five” Top Corporate Philanthropists in the Bay Area

 

Forbes Magazine [Special Report] America’s 50 Top Givers in 2013 #42 John A. Sobrato & family

 

Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors
April 15 Commendation to Sobrato for his commitment to the employees, patients, clients, and families of Santa Clara Health & Hospital System (SCVHHS) and the Valley Medical Center (VMC) Foundation.

 

2014 ALearn Dream Makers Dinner
Honoree: Lisa Sobrato Sonsini

 

2013

San Francisco Business Journal
2013 Top Corporate Philanthropist Award, The Sobrato Organization

 

PACT: People Acting in Community Together
2013 Leadership in Action Honoree: Philanthropy, The Sobrato Family

 

Ronald McDonald House at Stanford
2013 Diamond Award, The Sobrato Family Foundation

 

2012

San Mateo County Board of Supervisors
November 20 Resolution honoring The Sobrato Family Foundation

 

Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal
2012 Top Corporate Philanthropist, The Sobrato Organization

 

Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal
Community Partner Award, John A. Sobrato

 

Joint Venture Silicon Valley
David Packard Award for Civic Entrepreneurship, John A. Sobrato

 

2011

American Leadership Forum Silicon Valley
John W. Gardner Leadership Award, Lisa Sobrato Sonsini

 

2010

The California Housing Consortium
Hall of Fame Award for Community Development Lending/Philanthropic Sector,
The Sobrato Family Foundation

 

NAIOP Commercial Real Estate Development Association
Local Chapter, Developer of the Decade, John A. Sobrato

 

2008

NAIOP Commercial Real Estate Development Association
Developer Hall of Fame, John A. Sobrato

 

City Year
Leadership award, John A. Sobrato

 

2007

Hidden Villa
Humanitarian of the Year, Lisa Sobrato Sonsini

 

Association of Fundraising Professionals (National)
Outstanding Foundation Award, The Sobrato Family Foundation

 

The Nonprofit Housing Association of Northern California
Private Sector Leader Award, The Sobrato Development Companies

 

2006

Boys & Girls Club of the Peninsula, Leading Citizen
John A. Sobrato

 

2003

San Jose Women Making a Mark Award
Lisa Sobrato Sonsini

 

San Jose Magazine
Legacy Awards: Family Award, The Sobrato Family

 

Association of Fundraising Professionals Silicon Valley
Outstanding Foundation, The Sobrato Family Foundation

 

2001

San Mateo County Women’s Hall of Fame Inductee
Lisa Sobrato Sonsini

 

Power 100 of Silicon Valley
Lisa Sobrato Sonsini

 

2000

Santa Clara Council, Boy Scouts of America
Distinguished Citizen, John A. Sobrato

 

1998

National Conference for Community and Justice
Man of the Year, John A. Sobrato

 

Association of Fundraising Professionals Silicon Valley
Outstanding Philanthropist Award, The Sobrato Family

 

1994

United Way De Tocqueville Society
Man of the Year, John A. Sobrato

 

1989

Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame
Laureate, John A. Sobrato