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.
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.
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.
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.