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In a session entitled “Community Foundation Hall of Fame: Outstanding and Replicable Success Stories” at the Council on Foundations’ 2013 Community Foundations Conference in San Diego, EBCF is in the spotlight with nine other community foundations.

The National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy selected EBCF for the Community Foundation Hall of Fame because we connect and leverage efforts to help low-income families get a financial leg up and to help adults acquire skills and find good jobs.


Our Partner Solar Richmond works to promote inclusive economic development in Richmond and the Bay Area.

Our Partner Solar Richmond works to promote inclusive economic development in Richmond and the Bay Area.

This work stems from our stake in the ground: EBCF’s commitment to being a leader and a catalyst in promoting equity and inclusion throughout the diverse region we serve.  Recognizing the persistent economic and educational disparities in the East Bay —  a local symptom of a nationwide problem — we focused on good jobs and the education that leads to them.

Through locally-based research  and deep partnerships with job-training and economic-development programs that get results and are respected in their community, we promote pathways to economic security for East Bay residents with barriers to employment.

Michael’s story, from our Partners at Rubicon Programs in Richmond, exemplifies the way in which our partners work in communities to help individuals and families overcome barriers to employment and economic security.

See a video of Michael’s story.

See other stories about how EBCF’s Partners ensure that low income East Bay families have economic opportunity and the education that leads to it.

  • Over a two year period, our Partners have provided job training, placement and support services to more than 2,000 people with barriers to employment and to date more than 1,000 have secured jobs that put them on a path to economic security.

In 2008, EBCF created the first Public & Private Partnerships  division in a US community foundation to engage leaders from the private, public, philanthropic and nonprofit sectors in creating innovative approaches to economic and educational opportunity for low-income families.

Our   successful model rehabilitating foreclosed homes and offering them as home-owning opportunities to low- and middle-income families—with little or no government assistance—is a success you can invest in today.

Here is an account of the “Hall of Fame” session at the conference.