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RBC, City National Bank and the event are are committed to making meaningful and positive contributions to the communities where we live and work. In an effort to support our future generation of leaders, we invest in youth-serving organizations that provide kids with the support and tools necessary for them to achieve their full potential.

At RBC GranFondo Silicon Valley, participants will have the ability to voluntarily donate or fundraise for three outstanding nonprofits that are making a significant impact in the lives of Silicon Valley’s youth: The Specialized Foundation, BizWorld and Positive Coaching Alliance

In 2019, the event helped to raise $125,000 USD for charitable causes. We thank all participants who donated to the charities and a special thanks to RBC Capital Markets, RBC Wealth Management, and City National Bank for their generous donations, and encourage even more money to be raised in 2020!

The Specialized Foundation was established in 2015 with the intention of introducing students to cycling’s positive effects on academic performance, health, and social success. The Specialized Foundation’s primary activities focus on two key areas: primary scientific research and school-based cycling programs. The aim is to increase accessibility to cycling through both fun and sustainable school cycling programs. And through these programs—along with the research—we’re advancing the understanding of how riding bikes can help improve the social, emotional, and physical wellbeing of children, with a particular focus on those with learning differences like ADHD.

Our mission is being furthered by the support received by RBC, as they partner with The Specialized Foundation to help bring Ravenwood’s Middle School in east Palo Alto the ‘Riding for Focus’ program. The school-based program is designed to provide schools with everything they need to get middle school students riding, including a turnkey physical education curriculum,  comprehensive teacher training, and a fleet of bike and safety equipment.


BizWorld is committed to enriching the quality of education and future prospects for under-served youth, promoting financial literacy, and assisting all children in achieving their highest potential. We are the largest teacher-led entrepreneurial program in the world, having reached over 720,000 children in the US and globally. We believe we can inspire every child to have an entrepreneurial spirit: to lead confidently, think critically and creatively, and be financially responsible.

BizWorld is proud to partner with RBC during the RBC GranFondo Silicon Valley. We share a commitment to enriching the lives and prospects for youth in our communities and appreciate the support of RBC and the cyclists who participate in this spectacular ride.

Positive Coaching Alliance

Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) is dedicated to developing “Better Athletes, Better People” through youth and high school athletics. Nationally, 70% of young athletes stop playing organized sports by age 13 because it is no longer enjoyable. PCA’s mission is to transform the sports culture from a win-at-all-costs mentality to one where every participant has a positive experience. PCA promotes ethical behavior, self-esteem and confidence so youth athletes can focus on personal improvement, the welfare of their teammates, and their education and career goals.

PCA appreciates like-minded corporate partners who focus on impacting youth in our community. As one of the highest rated global banks, RBC recognizes the importance of helping our nation’s youth achieve their full potential, which is why PCA is proud to serve as a charity partner for the RBC GranFondo Silicon Valley.

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