About Us

Stakeholders +
Neighborhoods Initiative mission statement

The Stakeholders + Neighborhoods Initiative (S+NI) is a collaboration that evolved from the Strong Neighborhoods Initiative (SNI) of the 1990s. We leverage technology and institutional knowledge to communicate information on development plans in and around the greater Diridon Station Area of San Jose. We lead and provide support for major community projects by acting as liaisons with governmental agencies, corporate donors, and philanthropic groups. We aim to streamline tax-exempt charitable giving to our community groups through access to donor-advised funds.

S+NI reimagines community engagement through neighborhood leadership. By uniting the neighborhoods with existing and new stakeholders, we can work together to achieve beneficial outcomes for everyone. S+NI doesn’t believe in pushing one neighborhood’s problem onto a nearby neighborhood. Quite simply, we are everyone’s neighbor, and we bring solutions that work to a complex process.

Our Team

Kathy Sutherland

Kathy Sutherland has lived in the Delmas Park neighborhood since 1980. In
2002 she began formerly advocating for Delmas Park and its redevelopment
when elected to the Strong Neighborhoods Initiative PAC. She served as president of the Delmas Park NAC and Neighborhood Association. She is a member of the Citizens Advisory Committee for the Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority and is a past member of the San Jose Arena Authority and the Independent Monitoring Committee for Valley Water. Kathy is co-president of S+NI.

Laura Winter

Laura Winter is a fourth-generation Santa Clara Valley native and 33 year resident
of the St Leo’s Neighborhood and is a past president of the Shasta/Hanchett Park
Neighborhood Association. She has served on several City of San Jose boards,
committees, and task forces, including the San Jose Appeals Hearing Board, Arena
Oversight Committee, Greater Downtown San Jose Strategic Task Force, and Station
Area Advisory Group. Following a 35 year career as a design professional, Laura is a
co-owner of Umunhum Brewing, based in San Jose. She is currently the co-president
of S+NI.

Bert Weaver

Bert Weaver lives in the Delmas Park neighborhood and is a Board member of the Delmas Park Neighborhood Association. He is president of the Board for his
homeowner’s association. He is active in several neighborhood, civic, and volunteer
groups, including DANG, the District 6 Neighborhood Leaders Group, and South Bay Clean Creeks Coalition, and he is a member of both the BART SV Phase 2 and the High-Speed Rail community working groups. Bert is the Treasurer for S+NI.



Sarah Springer

Board Member
Sarah Springer lives in the Delmas Park neighborhood and is the Past-President of
the Delmas Park Neighborhood Association. She has organized and lead numerous
volunteer activities, including get togethers and clean up events, and she is an
active member of DANG and the District 6 Neighborhood Leaders Group. Sarah is a
Board member for S+NI.

Bob Staedler

Bob Staedler is a 25-year veteran of economic development, government relations and real estate projects. He is widely known for taking on complex and difficult projects, creating consensus, and delivering positive outcomes. Experience working in government, university and private sector environments helped him understand the critical need for results in ever challenging times.

Organizational and Financial Information


Stakeholders + Neighborhoods Initiative was incorporated in the state of California on March 12, 2021.  It has been designated a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization, classified as a public charity by the IRS.  As such, donations made to S+NI are tax deductible, according to current tax regulations.  Our Federal Employee Identification Number is 86-3236631, and our California Secretary of State Entity Number is 4720018.

S+NI can be contacted by phone at (408) 838-6450. 

Our mailing address is P.O. Box 611435, San Jose, CA 95161. 

Our email address is info@TheSNI.org.

The information shown below is provided to comply with public inspection requirements.  Copies of all documents are available upon request.

S+NI Legal Documents

  • S+NI Articles of Incorporation (California)
  • S+NI Corporate Bylaws
  • S+NI Annual Conflict of Interest Statement 2022
  • S+NI Annual Conflict of Interest Statement 2023
  • IRS Form 1023 Application for 501(c)(3) Status
  • IRS Public Charity Determination Letter
  • IRS Form W-9

IRS Tax Returns

The IRS Form 990 family of returns is the required tax return that all US charities file.  You can see our returns below.  In addition, you can go to ProPublica's Nonprofit Explorer website to see the returns of millions of nonprofits, including ours.

Note that in 2021, the first year of our incorporation, our fiscal year coincided with the calendar year ending on December 31, and we filed Form 990-EZ for tax year 2021.  In 2022 we changed our fiscal year to end on June 30 and filed a return for the fiscal half-year January 1 to June 30, 2022.  Since our gross revenues for this period were less than $50,000, we filed Form 990-N e-Postcard return, which does not have data to post here.  Beginning with fiscal year 2022-2023, we filed Form 990.

Year-End Financial Statements

Each of our year-end financial statements includes a Statement of Financial Position, a Statement of Activities, and a Statement of Cash Flows.  The information in these statements is not audited.

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