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  • The Bread ProjectEmpowers individuals who have barriers to employment on a path to self-sufficiency through on-the-job training in social enterprises and through assistance for employment in the food industry. Click here to learn more.
  • Brighter BeginningsSupporting healthy births and successful development of children by partnering with parents and helping to build strong communities. Click here to learn more.
  • First Place for YouthHelps foster youth build the skills they need to make a successful transition to self-sufficiency and responsible adulthood. Click on image to learn more.
  • Inner City AdvisorsServes low-and-moderate-income inner-city neighborhoods with pro-bono services related to starting and growing small businesses in order to create quality jobs for local residents. Click here to learn more.
  • KindangoProvides quality care and education to more than 2,500 children daily in a stimulating, multi-lingual, cross-cultural environment. Click here to learn more.
  • Opportunity JunctionOpportunity Junction is a nonprofit that fights poverty by helping low-income adults gain the skills and confidence to support themselves and their families. Click here to learn more.
  • Reading PartnersReading Partners is dedicated to transforming struggling young readers into confident readers who are excited about learning. Click here to learn more.
  • Rubicon ProgramsRubicon’s Economic Empowerment division provides services that help very low-income, homeless, and formerly incarcerated residents of Alameda and west Contra Costa Counties overcome barriers to financial independence. Click here to learn more.
  • Solar RichmondProvides solar installation training to Richmond residents and to youth in Richmond, Berkeley and Oakland with the aim of connecting graduates to family-supporting green-collar career jobs. Click here to learn more.
  • Stride CenterEmpowers adults facing barriers to employment to achieve economic self-sufficiency through a program that includes job skills training, credentials, career coaching, work experience, and job placement assistance. Click here to learn more.
  • Superstars LiteracyWorks with children in kindergarten through second grade who exhibit significant delays in reading acquisition or reading-skills development and are consequently at serious risk of school failure. Click here to learn more.


National Problems. Local Impact

Making change means helping people make a better life by learning job skills and getting good jobs. It also means ensuring that young children acquire literacy skills so they emerge from the education system with the opportunity to get a good job.These nationwide challenges we address through local investments.

We’ve focused our grantmaking on a cohort of nonprofit organizations — EBCF’s community partners that are transforming lives and increasing the vitality of the East Bay.

Some teach young parents how to give their infants and toddlers the best possible start so they’ll have the social, emotional and cognitive skills they need to succeed in school and in life. Others help struggling young readers read proficiently by end of third grade.

Our partners provide innovative job training, career support and financial education to help people who have barriers to employment find and keep jobs to support themselves and their families. Others create economic opportunity by helping small businesses grow and thrive in low income communities.

All of these organizations have a proven track record of results helping low-income people lead more productive, economically secure and fulfilling lives.

Beyond The Money

In addition to grant support for our partners, EBCF provides training, advice and other non-monetary assistance to strengthen their ability to transform lives and effect change in East Bay communities.

Building A Track Record

Support for our partner organizations grows out of EBCF’s strategy to advance economic opportunity and the education that leads to it in East Bay communities with high levels of poverty—Oakland, Richmond, east Contra Costa County, and southern Alameda County. Click here to see the results of our strategy during the first three years.

We emphasize the importance of collaboration and what comes out of it: the power of many. By supporting our network of change makers, who specialize in economic opportunity and the education that leads to it, we are consolidating the power of many to address nationwide challenges through local investments that increase the vibrancy of the East Bay and its communities.

Together with us, you can help.You can increase the impact of your giving for the economic vitality of the East Bay by joining us in the power of many. You can make an unrestricted donation to the Foundation’s Community Leadership Fund that not only supports our focus on our network of change agents, but also supports our research and other programs that benefit the East Bay.


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EBCF Partners Highlights

Inner City Advisors Executive Director José Corona has been selected as a BALLE Fellow. He’ll be part of a cohort of 17 leaders from across North America chosen as the top pioneers of the Local Economy Movement. They are a diverse group of leaders who represent the cutting edge of social entrepreneurship incubation, community capital cultivation, and social justice.

A new national study shows that Reading Partners’ tutoring program boosts reading proficiency of elementary school students. MDRC, a nonprofit, nonpartisan education and social policy research firm, release results of a rigorous, randomized control trial revealed that Reading Partners boosted three different measures of reading proficiency, including reading comprehension, for
second- to fifth-grade students.

East Bay Economic Development Alliance has released its annual East Bay Economic Outlook 2014-15 report, which provides valuable in-depth information about the trends affecting the East Bay economy.

Super Stars Literacy has a new Executive Director. Artavia Berry brings to SSL a unique combination of skills and a reputation for inspiring others, delivering results, and securing and leveraging resources to maximize mission impact. Artavia’s work has been instrumental in providing young people in underserved communities with increased access to education and employment opportunities.

Cypress Mandela Training Center was one of two Bay Area organizations to select by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to receive $200,000 in Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training (EWDJT) grant funding to provide job training to unemployed and economically-disadvantaged residents of San Francisco, Oakland, and surrounding East Bay communities. In total, 18 grantees were selected nationally to receive approximately $3.6 million in funding.