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Our Mission

East Bay Community Foundation partners with donors, social movements, and the community to eliminate structural barriers, advance racial equity, and transform political, social, and economic outcomes for all who call the East Bay home.

Our Vision

Achieving an inclusive, fair, and just East Bay will require transforming our region’s power structures to promote equity.

We strive to build a foundation that advances justice grounded in principles that are informed by the community and rooted in practices of anti-oppression.

Our Work

We know the value proposition of community foundations is shifting. Over the past several years, East Bay Community Foundation has started implementing new ways of partnering with donors, social movements, and the community at large.

Community Investment & Partnerships

The core benefit of the community foundation model continues to be a foundation’s experiential, qualitative, and deeply personal knowledge of a specific community. We work closely with a group of core grantees creating transformational change in Alameda and Contra Costa counties. 

Our four core program strategies describe the strategic, regional grantmaking we do as a community foundation: Arts and Culture for Social and Racial Justice; Capacity Building with a Racial Equity Lens; Community Organizing, Power Building and Movement Building; and Fostering Inclusive Economic Models.

Investing For Social Good

Typically, only about 5 to 10% of a community foundation’s assets are distributed as grants each year. Where and how the remainder of a foundation’s assets are invested can greatly increase impact — or unintentionally work against our mission. Nearly 100% of EBCF’s investments are aligned to our mission and values. That means prioritizing Black, Indigenous, and people of color-owned (BIPOC-owned) and women-owned business enterprises to manage our investment portfolios. EBCF also offers opportunities for donors and fund advisors to consider program-related impact investments as part of our work toward building inclusive economies.

Donor Engagement

To mobilize additional power and capital within our communities, EBCF is working with a substantial base of nearly 500 individual donors and fund advisors in a transformative approach to donor engagement that encourages donors to find joy and love for the community of people they create change with.

Featured News

Learn more about our work and our communities on our blog, Inside EBCF

Bringing a Lens of Liberation and Love to Philanthropy 

President & CEO Brandi Howard shares her story and the guiding principles she brings to EBCF’s framework for A Just East Bay.

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CFO Valerie Red-Horse Mohl Appointed to U.S. Treasury Department Advisory Committee on Racial Equity

The Committee will provide advice and recommendations to Secretary Yellen and Deputy Secretary Wally Adeyemo.

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Oakland: The Home of Latinx-led Power Building

Learn the local history and impact of the community leaders behind some of the largest Latinx-led nonprofits in Oakland.

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