Silvanus Foundation

Silvanus Foundation Presents: Earth & Arbor Day Festival in Partnership with City of Cupertino

Nathan Liu, the Founder of Silvanus Foundation, has announced our partnership with the City of Cupertino to host the "Earth and Arbor Day Festival." Join us at the library park field on April 20, 2024, from 11 am to 3 pm. Our foundation's dedicated staff and volunteers will be hosting a booth featuring interactive games and informative posters, all designed to educate our community about environmental issues and solutions in a fun and family-friendly environment. We welcome you to join us for this exciting event!

Newsletter - Issue 3 ll 06-December, 2023

2023 Holiday Art Fair

December 2nd, 2023

Silvanus Foundation partnered with Triton Museum of Art and sponsored Holiday Art Fair's Music Program. Jonathan, youth pianist, to perform the piano to support our local museum. What a wonderful Holiday Art Fair!

Silvanus Foundation Performance proudly presented

Founder Announces Major Success at 4th Tribute To Fallen Heroes Benefit Concert & Forum

Record Turnout Raises Over $31,000 for Scholarships and Wildfire Relief

Mountain View, CA — September 24, 2023 — The 4th Tribute To Fallen Heroes (TTFH) Benefit Concert and Forum, hosted by the Silvanus Foundation, witnessed a remarkable achievement as Founder Nathan Liu proudly declared the event's resounding success. Held at the scenic Community School of Music and Art (CSMA) in Mountain View on the evening4of September 23, 2023, the event garnered widespread acclaim.

With an impressive turnout of 200 attendees, the event raised a total of $31,106.14. These funds will be directed towards supporting scholarships for the children of deceased California Firefighters and contributing to the Maui Wildfire Relief fund.

The evening featured two distinguished guest speakers and a mesmerizing display of talent. Ms. Danielle Harvey, AVP of the Alumni Association at USC, delivered an impactful address, skillfully weaving together historical context, community insights, and personal inspiration, leaving a lasting impression on the audience.

A fireside chat between Nathan Liu and Ms. Meena Ghaziasgar, Executive Director of Development at Case Western Reserve University, sparked a meaningful discussion on collaboration and the enduring spirit of alumni engagement in philanthropic endeavors.

The event reached its crescendo with a symphony of gifted young musicians, dancers, and impassioned panelists who illuminated the extraordinary talent within the community. Master Cellist Mrs. Jennifer Chou's captivating performance left an indelible mark on all in attendance.

The overwhelmingly positive feedback received after the event underscores its significance. The Silvanus Foundation extends its heartfelt appreciation to all guests, performers, donors, and the audience for their unwavering support for courageous firefighters and their families. Your generous contributions are making a substantial difference in their lives.

Don't miss the opportunity to relive the highlights of this remarkable evening by watching the program video, and stay tuned for the upcoming release of the full event video. The Silvanus Foundation looks forward to continued collaboration and support in its mission to honor our fallen heroes.

TTFH IV video

This video showcases Nathan Liu's leadership in guiding the Silvanus Foundation's impactful four-year journey and paying tribute to our fallen heroes.

Opening Speech-Nathan Liu

Nathan Liu, Founder of Silvanus Foundation, in his opening speech, seamlessly blended inspiration with humor, captivating the audience with his vision for a brighter future and his unwavering commitment to change.

Keynote Speech-Danielle Harvey, AVP of USC Alumni Relations 

Danielle Harvey, the Associate VP of Alumni Relations from USC, took the stage as the keynote speaker, leaving the audience inspired and motivated to make a difference in their communities. Her words echoed the event's mission of unity and service.

Fireside Chat-Meena Ghaziasgar, Executive Director of Development at CWRU, and Nathan

Nathan hosted a fireside chat with Meena Ghazasgar, the Executive Director from Case Western Reserve University. Their engaging conversation delved into the transformative power of youth volunteering and alumni engagement in philanthropic endeavors.

California Fire Foundation-Rick Martinez, Executive Director

Rick Martinez, Executive Director of the California Fire Foundation, highlighted the valuable partnership with Nathan Liu during a recent address. In his remarks, Martinez expressed his appreciation for Nathan's outstanding contributions over the past three years, during which he successfully raised $55,000 to fund a total of 14 scholarships. Martinez underscored the significance of this partnership and the vital support it has received from the local community.

September 12, 2023


We are delighted to announce that Nathan Liu, founder of Silvanus Foundation, has been awarded a $6,000 grant from the American Endowment Foundation. This grant will be dedicated to bolstering the "Scholarships for Children of Fallen Firefighters" project, a cause that holds immense significance to us.

With immense pride, Silvanus Foundation commits to contribute the entire grant amount to support the scholarships for the children of fallen firefighters in California.

This generous grant not only recognizes the dedication and commitment of the Silvanus Foundation but also underscores the importance of our mission to honor and assist the families of our brave firefighters who made the ultimate sacrifice. Together, we will make a meaningful impact on the lives of these deserving children, ensuring they have the opportunity to pursue their education and dreams.

Keynote Speaker of The 4th TTFH Benefit Event

Ms. Danielle Harvey, Associate Vice President of the Alumni Association at the University of Southern California

Fireside Chat Speaker of The 4th TTFH Benefit Event

Ms. Meena Ghaziasgar, Executive Director of Development at Case Western Reserve University


September of 2023

Silvanus Foundation's First Issue Newsletter

Congratulations on the successful launch of Silvanus Foundation's inaugural newsletter, and the extensive media coverage, including APnews and over 300 other media outlets, for our event, "Igniting Hope and Honoring Sacrifice: The 4th Tribute to Fallen Heroes Benefit Concert and Forum" held on September 5th, 2023.


September 5th 2023  

Breaking News!!! and KRON 4 Bay Area TV News

Igniting Hope and Honoring Sacrifice: The 4th Tribute to Fallen Heroes Benefit Concert and Forum by Silvanus Foundation

San Jose, CA, Sep 5th. 2023.

Nathan Liu, the founder of Silvanus Foundation and a senior at Harker School in San Jose, proudly unveils an unprecedented evening that strikes at the heart of valor, the "4th Tribute to Fallen Heroes Benefit Concert and Forum." Set to take place on Saturday, September 23rd, from 6:15 to 8:00 pm PDT at the prestigious Community School of Music and Arts in Mountain View, CA, this event stands as a resounding testament to courage and commitment.

The soul-stirring symphony of this annual gathering resonates deeply with those who recognize the monumental sacrifices forged by firefighters on the frontlines. A fervent advocate for wildfire prevention since the tender age of 12, Liu has relentlessly championed this cause. In a remarkable journey spanning four years, he has rallied a staggering $55,000 for the past 3 years, nurturing scholarship programs of California Fire Foundation that nurture the dreams of children orphaned by duty-bound firefighters. With unwavering dedication, these funds have directly uplifted the lives of 14 deserving young souls.

Distinguished by the luminous presence of notable University Alumni leaders, this evening transcends the ordinary. Their fervor for community service and their prowess in leadership seamlessly intertwine with the mission of this transformative event. Further adding to the tapestry of inspiration, a poignant address by Mr. Rick Martinez, Executive Director of California Fire Foundation, underscores the enduring impact of unity and support.

A pinnacle of the evening, a fireside chat between Nathan Liu and Ms. Meena Ghaziasgar, Executive Director of Development at Case Western Reserve University, will ignite discourse on the potential inherent in collaboration and the indomitable spirit of alumni engagement in philanthropic frontiers.

Witness the mesmerizing crescendo as a symphony of gifted young musicians, dancers, and impassioned panelists come together, casting light on the luminous talent that courses through our community's veins. The grand crescendo takes form with the captivating artistry of Master Cellist Mrs. Jennifer Chou, leaving indelible impressions.

This year's aim is to raise an awe-inspiring $25,000. This lifeline will be directed towards nurturing scholarships for the children of fallen firefighters in California. As echoes of wildfires reverberate across the island of Maui and the town of Lahaina, heroes and their communities find themselves standing at the crossroads of uncertainty. Amidst this crucible, a portion of the funds raised at the "4th Tribute to Fallen Heroes Benefit Concert and Forum" will go to the Maui Wildfire Relief Fund, administered by the California Fire Foundation. These lifelines shall reach the heart of Lahaina, a poignant testament to the global resonance of compassion and the steadfast impact of noble endeavors. 

“Unfortunately, in California, we have become too familiar with wildfires. We have been placed in a unique situation where because of this we have been able to offer support in various ways to our affiliates and their families in Hawaii.  While we also prepare for our wildfire season in California, the support we give is only possible because of donations we receive from people like Nathan. Nathan has continuously shown California Fire Foundation he is committed to raising awareness to our scholarship program. We are humbled and thankful to continue our partnership for a consecutive 4th year Tribute to Fallen Heroes Benefit Concert and Forum”  Rick Martinez, the Executive Director of California Fire Foundation.

“Nathan's work to support our "fallen heroes" is a beacon to call forth our best version of our selves. His commitment to raising awareness of and funds for the families of fire fighters can inspire many to make a positive and meaningful difference in our community and society. Thank you, Nathan, for your tremendous energy, compassion, and inspiration!” Paul Barsky, the Harker Upper School Head. 

For more information on this event or purchase tickets, please visit the Eventbrite link:

June of 2023

Announcement: Forming the Committee for the 4th Tribute to Fallen Heroes (TTFH) Benefit Concert and Forum

Silvanus Foundation is excited to announce a significant milestone in our journey towards honoring the fallen heroes and supporting wildfire prevention efforts. Nathan Liu, our esteemed Founder, has officially declared the formation of the committee for the 4th Tribute to Fallen Heroes (TTFH) Benefit Concert and Forum.

With great enthusiasm and dedication, the committee will take charge of planning and preparing for this impactful event. Nathan's vision and passion have been instrumental in creating a platform that pays homage to the brave firefighters who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty. By organizing this concert and forum, we aim to raise awareness, foster collaboration, and gather resources to combat the devastating effects of wildfires.

The committee members, carefully selected for their expertise and commitment, will bring diverse perspectives and skills to the table. Together, they will work tirelessly to ensure the event's success, drawing upon their collective experience in event management, fundraising, community engagement, and wildfire prevention initiatives.

As we embark on this journey, we invite all passionate individuals, organizations, and stakeholders to join us in making the 4th Tribute to Fallen Heroes (TTFH) Benefit Concert and Forum a truly transformative experience. Your support and participation will contribute to our shared mission of protecting our communities and paying tribute to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

Stay tuned for updates as the committee progresses with the planning and preparations for this significant event. Together, let us honor the fallen heroes and ignite change in the fight against wildfires.

If you have any questions, ideas, or would like to contribute in any way, please reach out to us. We look forward to your support and collaboration in this meaningful endeavor.

Together, we can make a difference.

Warm regards,

Nathan Liu
Founder, Silvanus Foundation


Influential Interview: Nathan's Sustainability Research Recognized by AI/AR Beauty Tech Industry Leader

Announcing the Achievement of our Founder, Nathan Liu!

We are delighted to congratulate our Founder, Nathan Liu, on his remarkable accomplishment. His groundbreaking research (Green April-"Love Mother Earth series), titled "Sustainable Lipstick: Utilizing AR and AI for Minimizing Carbon Footprint in the Cosmetics Industry," has gained recognition in the esteemed Harker Science Research Symposium held on April 15, 2023. Notably, his work was cited in the May 11, 2023 interview by PackagingInsight and the CEO of the leading AI/AR Beauty Tech Industry company, as well as in the report titled "Democratizing digital access: Perfect Corp. advocates virtual try-on to reduce beauty packaging waste."

Nathan expressed his gratitude, stating, "I am deeply honored that my sustainability research has been acknowledged by the Beauty Tech & AI/AR Technology Leader. Virtual try-on technology holds immense potential for significantly reducing carbon emissions in the beauty industry, and I am thrilled that my formulas can contribute to measuring its impact."

We take immense pride in Nathan's accomplishments and his invaluable contributions to our organization. His dedication to advancing sustainable practices within the cosmetics industry serves as an inspiration to us all.



April 22, 2023 Earth Day

Silvanus Foundation's Earth and Arbor Day Festival NEWS

Nathan Liu, founder of Silvanus Foundation announced that our foundation parterned with City of Cupertino to educate our community about the Environmental issues and climate change importance.  Our ambassadors and volunteers design the Environmental Game & win the Prize, display Climate Change poster, sell succlent plants and Stone Art project to urge the public action to Love Mother Earth and fundraise for the initial funding of our September's the 4th TTFH Benefit Concert. Nathan mentioned "It is a big success to attract hundreds people, educate our community, have a great team work and train our new volunteers. Especially, our volunteers have a great Earth Day service day".

APRIL 22, 2023 11am-3pm

2023 Earth and Arbor Day Festival visit us @ Booth # F4

Silvanus Foundation partners with the City of Cupertino and have booth # F4 in the Cupertino Library Park field at @10800 Torre Ave., Cupertino, CA 95014).  Welcome to join the environmental knowledge games and win the prize, design a special stone art with a succulent plant as a wonderful Mother's Day Gift, also show our spirit to LOVE MOTHER EARTH.

It is a Zero-Waste event. Please bring your water bottle, suncreen, hat and money for Lunch (City provide the wonder food trucks on site!).

Our Booth location map, event parking information and event game order site are shown in the left hand side photos.

See you on Saturday!

Free Entrance 

April 15, 2023

2023 Harker Research Symposium

Congrats our founder, Nathan Liu, to have a very successful research presentation in 2023 Harker Science Research Symposium. The research topics: Sustainable Lipstick: Using Augmented Reality and Artificial Intelligence to Reduce Carbon Footprint in the Cosmetics Industry.  Thanks for Mr. Barsky, Head of Harker Upper School, Renee Tam of Ross Organic and Harker Alumni, Mr. & Mrs. Gore and many parents and students come to the Presentation Session. 

April of 2023

Nathan Liu, founder of Silvanus Foundation, announced our GREEN April "Love Mother Earth" Series Events: 

2023 Harker Symposium Breakout Session 1 (April 15, 2023 10:10-10:30 a.m. @Nichols 307 of The Harker Upper School):  Nathan Liu wants to invite community people who care a sustainable and healthy place to live, work, and play, and support Climate Action plan to reduce Carbon footprint. He will explain how to use the technology of Augmented Reality (AR) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) to solve the environmental problem. Nathan will present "Sustainable Lipstick: Using Augmented Reality and Artificial Intelligence to Reduce Carbon Footprint in the Cosmetics Industry" in 2023 Harker Symposium.  Here is the link for detials and tickets:

2023 Earth and Arbor Day Festival (April 22, 2023 11 a.m.-3 p.m. @Cupertino Library Field Park): Foundation organized and partnered with City of Cupertino to host a booth in the event.  Nathan wants to invite everyone in our community to participate in "2023 Earth and Arbor Day Festival". On Saturday, April 22, 2023, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. join us at Cupertino Library Field Park to celebrate our shared earth and help the environment. Our team will prepare many environmental games, education posters and prize.  Welcome all K-12 students, family and community people to visit our booth or be volunteers to serve our community. Please help us to share and broadcast our event, and help to post below flyer in your social media. 


Happy New Year!

Thanks for your enthusiasm and generosity.
Thanks for being you. Your support helps “The annual Tribute to Fallen Heroes (TTFH) Charity events”
successfully, and our 3 years in a row donation of supporting total 14 scholarships of the California
deceased firefighters’ children. We’re truly grateful. In 2023, we will continue wildfire prevention
related activities and our annual TTFH benefit event. Happy New Year!!


Silvanus Foundation raised $25,360.10 in The 3rd TTFH Charity Golf Tournament & Gala!!

Silvanus Foundation received the email from California Fire Foundation, mentioned "Lastly, I can't thank you enough for all that you do for the Foundation.  I look forward to collaborating with you every year.  You have raised a total of over $55,000 which is 14 scholoarships for Fallen Firefighters children! I can not wait to share that with our Board of Directors." 

October of 2022

California Fire Foundation Award Nathan "Fallen Brother" Statue

Oct. 22, 2022 6:30pm, Mr. Martinez, Executive Director of California Fire Foundation, drove from Sacremento to support the 3rd Tribute to Fallen Heroes (TTFH) Charity Gala with music in Triton Museum of Art located in City of Santa Calra.  He and California Fire Foundation recognize Nathan's 3 years in a row to do the fundraising to support the Daniel A. Terry Scholarship of the California Fallen Firefighters' children. In his keynote, Nathan raised in the past two years funds which is 10 scholarships for Fallen Firefighters children. So he awarded Nathan a "Fallen Brother" Statue and recognize him as a brother in firefighters' community. What a great honor! Congrats Nathan, donors, and Silvanus Foundation. Event Video: (Rick's KeyNote)

October of 2022

Breaking News!!

KRCA/NBC Community Champion TV news interview with Nathan Liu.

September of 2022

Silvanus Foundation kicked off The 3rd annual Tribute to Fallen Heroes (TTFH) charity golf tournament and gala with music

Nathan Liu, founder of Silvanus Foundation announces today the 3rd Annual “Tribute To Fallen Hero” charity event. In order to raise more community awareness, this year’s event includes a golf tournament followed by a “masquerade” theme Gala in which Nathan and his friends will perform instruments. The golf tournament will take place at Los Lagos Golf Course from 1 pm to 5 pm, Gala will be hosted at the Triton Museum of Art from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm on Oct. 22nd , 2022. “Tribute to Fallen Heroes” (TTFH) is a charity event that raises funds to support both the families of Californian Firefighters who died in the line of duty and wildfire prevention research. Nathan Liu, currently a high school junior at Harker School in San Jose will lead a group of young volunteers in an effort to raise funds not only to provide financial assistance to the families of fallen firefighters but also to fund the wildfire prevention research that eventually will save more firefighter’s life. 

California Fire Foundation FireLine Special Edition

California Fire Foundation FIRELINE SPECIAL EDITION-20th California Firefighter Memorial-Nathan Performed Piano in the event.

August of 2022

Wildfire Prevention Projects needed!!

Welcome all of K-12 students to submit their project to show our respects to firefighters and raise public awareness in the  wirefire prevention.  Your project will be presented or displayed during the 3rd annual Tribute to Fallen Heroes (TTFH) Benefit Gala with Music dated Oct. 22, 2022 from 6 to 9:30pm @Triton Musceum of Art.

July of 2022

20th Anniversary California Firefighters Memorial Saturday, July 30, 2022

It is a great honor that Nathan Liu was invited to perform piano to pay tribute to fallen heroes at 6pm of July 30, 2022 in SAVE Credit Union Convention Center located in the heart of California's capital. Attorney General of California Rob Bonta ,  Lieutenant Governor of State of California Eleni Kounalakis, Mr. Kevin Snider, Senior Fire Chaplain of Sacramento Area Fire Chaplaincy, Mr. Brian K. Rice, President of California Professional Firefighters, firefighters, family members and grateful citizens around 2,000 people gathered July 30th in Sacramento to honor California's fallen firefighters at California Firefighters Memorial Ceremony.  The ceremony, honoring California firefighters who have died on the front lines of from job-related illness, is being held in-person for the first time in three years.  Eighty-two (82) fallen heroes from over the past three and a half years will be added to what will now be more than 1,500 fallen fitrefighters. 

News link:

Media credit: CFF

July of 2022

Nathan Liu, Founder of Silvanus Foundation, received the Turkish-American Television (TATV) Staff Picks Award & Certificate in July of 2022.  TATV showcased his profile video in the media and present TATV Staff Pick Certificates during Smithsonian Folklife Festival on Sunday, July 3rd of 2022.

In this profile video, he mentioned why he founded the Silvanus Foundation and his past service and achievement for hosting charity events and community service. He would like to share his experience and encourage more teens to join him.

A letter from TATV: "I am the Public Relations Director at Turkish American TV (TATV), a partner and sponsor of Teens Dream Video Contest. We are pleased to inform you that TATV Staff picked your video as one of the Teens Dream videos recognized for good storytelling, high production quality, and positive universal message. Congratulations!" 

TATV Staff Pick 2021: Nathan's profile video played on July 3rd, 2022 at Smithsonian Folklife Festival in National Mall in Washington, D.C..

Young Producer video Showcase: Nathan's TATV Award video was shown from17:06 to 22:23 (m:s) of Turkish-American Hour Episode 128 in Smithsonian Folklife Festival at National Mall of Washington

Individual profiles:

Award Ceremony: "Wildfires Prevention" Video was picked by TATV Staff as Teens Dream Young Producers.

May of 2022

SF sponsored the music program in TMA's annual Gala "A Night in Venice"

Silvinous Foundation (SF) sponsored the music program of non-profit's Triton Museum of Art's (TMA) Annual Gala "A Night in Venice".  Nathan (pianist), founder of SF and youth musician, Lucas/Cellist and Milian/violinist joined in the event performance. 

We meet the exhibition's artist: Kalani Engles (Trees: exhibit from 2/5/2022-5/8/2022) and many artists. What a wonderful event!


2021-2022 Teens Dream Changemaker Award Winners-Nathan Liu

Congrats on Nathan Liu to get 2021-2022 school year Teens Dream Changemaker Award in SDG#13 Climate Action. Nathan's dream is to form a global foundation that supports scientific research using Artificial Intelligent and Robotic in wildfires prevention. 


California Fire Foundation FIRE LINES issue 03// Winter 2022 - Two years raised over $31,000 for CFF

Students at the Harker School, San Jose, held a "Tribute to Fallen Heroes" (TTFH) charity fundraising concert to benefit the California Fire Foundation on Dec. 4, 2021. This is the second year the students have organized such a concert and to date they have raised over $31,000 for the California Fire Foundation. A huge achievement we are so grateful for-Thank you Harker School. - from FIRE LINES Issue 03//Winter 2022 page 10


Student-organized benefit concert raises $18,000 for California Fire Foundation

On Dec. 4, a group of Harker students led by Harker sophomore Nathan Liu partnered with students from other Bay Area high schools to hold the second “Tribute to Fallen Heroes” concert, a special benefit concert supporting the California Fire Foundation.

Held at the Triton Museum of Art in Santa Clara, the event raised $18,000 for the foundation, which provides aid to the families of California firefighters who died while battling the many blazes that have occurred across the state. Last year’s event raised $13,000.


KTSF26 TV Interview:

South Bay students hosted fundraising concert for fallen California firefighters' family


Bay Area High School Students Host Live Sustainable Concert and NFT Auction in Support of California Fire Foundation

SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, November 24, 2021 / -- Today, students from seven San Francisco Bay Area High Schools announced they will host the second annual “Tribute to Fallen Heroes” (TTFH) live charity concert on Saturday, December 4th, 2021 at 7PM PT at Triton Museum of Art in Santa Clara, to fundraise for the families of Californian Firefighters who died in the line of duty. Harker School Sophomore, Nathan Liu, will lead the group of twelve young artists and ten volunteers in a touching tribute to raise funds for the California Fire Foundation, a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization that provides emotional and financial assistance to families of fallen firefighters and the community they protect. Last year, Nathan Liu raised over $13,000 from the first “Tribute to Fallen Hero” online concert in support of the California Fire Foundation.


Student-organized benefit concert to honor CA firefighters

On Dec. 12, a special online charity concert will be held to raise funds for the families of firefighters who lost their lives battling the deadly wildfires that have burned across California since August. The concert, organized by Nathan Liu, grade 9, will be broadcast on Facebook. 

“As we navigate these unprecedented times of the COVID-19 pandemic and the continued wildfires in California, I just want to contribute my time to host an online music concert to pay tribute to those fallen heroes [and] also to raise funds to provide emotional and financial assistance to families of fallen firefighters,” Liu said. Last week, independent TV station KTSF featured Liu on a segment about the concert


KTSF26 interview:

Nathan Liu's Online Charity Concert for Fallen Firefighters


Harker High School Students Host Online Concert in Support of California Fire Foundation

A group of six Harker High School students, led by Harker freshman Nathan Liu, announced they will host an online, live concert event, 'Tribute to Fallen Heroes,' on Saturday, Dec. 12, 2020, in an effort to raise funds for the families of California firefighters who died in the duty. Two renowned master musicians, Steinway Artist Sandra Wright Shen (piano) and Josh Thurston-Milgrom from Stanford Jazz, will also join the concert.

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