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Inclusive Economy Showcase

September 30, 2021  |  11:30am  | Virtual

We are excited to announce our second virtual Inclusive Economy Showcase. This event will highlight entrepreneurs of color and community-based companies and organizations who are building and shaping an inclusive economy in our region. We are committed to democratizing the flow of capital into our community. The showcase will prioritize the needs and goals of the founders and there will be educational opportunities for all participants. Every applicant will receive feedback, support, and exposure.

If you’re a social entrepreneur, impact or angel investor, fund or foundation manager, or are simply curious about how we can move more money to the social impact companies and organizations solving problems that benefit the East Bay and its community, you’ll want to register for this event!

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A Just East Bay: From Response to Transformation
August 19, 2021 | 12:00pm | Virtual

Join us at our town hall to learn more about what our community has accomplished in the last 16 months through EBCF’s COVID-19: A Just East Bay Response Fund, and what comes next! You’ll hear from members of the EBCF team and our community partners Causa Justa : : Just Cause, Monument Impact, and RYSE Center on how community-directed resources are helping to build a more Just East Bay. Learn more and register here: bit.ly/AJEBFTownhall

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REAL People’s Fund Launch Event
April 29, 2021  |  10:00am  | Virtual

EBCF is creating an inclusive East Bay economy as part of our vision of a Just East Bay. This includes supporting entrepreneurship and other wealth-building strategies in communities of color through the REAL People’s Fund, a $10M community-governed loan fund investing in East Bay entrepreneurs of color with a strong social mission. This effort has taken on increased relevance during these times! Black, indigenous, and people of color-owned small businesses are critical drivers of job and wealth creation in communities of color, and they have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 and the economic recession and exposure. We invite you to join us on April 29th at 10:00 a.m. PST to learn more about the impact of this Fund.

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EBCF Virtual Inclusive Economy Showcase
April 22, 2021  |  11:00am  | Virtual

East Bay Community Foundation is building an inclusive, fair, and just East Bay, with an inclusive economy that provides equitable opportunities for economic development, entrepreneurship and good jobs for communities of color.

We are excited to announce our first virtual Inclusive Economy Showcase on April 22nd (save the date!) that will highlight entrepreneurs of color and community-based companies and organizations who are building and shaping an inclusive economy in our region. We are committed to democratizing the flow of capital into our community. The showcase will prioritize the needs and goals of the founders (not the investors), and there will be educational opportunities for all participants. Every applicant will receive feedback, support, and exposure.

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Oakland Turkey Trot
November 28, 2019  |  7:00am  | Oakland


The East Bay Community Foundation is partnering with Oakland Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving this year for a great start to the holiday! The Oakland Turkey Trot 5k run/walk is a fun way to give back while you give thanks. The Turkey Trot aims to bring an authentic local experience that is fun, inclusive, and promotes healthy living in the community, while raising impactful funds for neighbors in need.

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A Dynamic Day of Field Visits to East Bay Organizations Focused on Women and Criminal Justice Reform
December 2, 2019  |  9:00am – 5:00pm  | East Bay Area

The East Bay Community Foundation and the Race, Gender, and Human Rights (RGHR) Fund are pleased to announce the second session of our A Just East Bay: Women and the Criminal Justice System Donor Engagement Series, which will take place on Monday, December 2, 2019.

Building on a terrific first session in April, and a collaborative event in July, we look forward to an engaging day with some of the East Bay’s most tireless and visionary advocates for justice: Safe Return ProjectCalifornia Coalition of Women PrisonersLegal Services for Prisoners with Children, and Time for Change Foundation. Together, we will learn about the issues facing currently and formerly incarcerated women and their families. And we will meet with an amazing set of advocates and formerly incarcerated women who are advancing justice through organizing, advocacy, and by lifting up the wisdom and leadership of those most impacted by the criminal justice system.

Three field visits will take place throughout the day on Friday, November 1.

Morning Visit with Safe Return Project | 9:00am – 11:30am | Richmond

Mid-Afternoon Visits with California Coalition of Women Prisoners and Legal Services for Prisoners with Children | 12:00pm – 2:30pm | Oakland

Late Afternoon Visit with Time for Change Foundation | 3:00pm – 5:00pm | Hayward

This event is by invitation only. If you are interested in attending, or would like more information about the series, visit the Race, Gender, and Human Rights (RGHR) Fund page, or contact Natalie Torres-Rosas at ntrosas@eastbaycf.org.

This event is co-sponsored by the Akonadi Foundation and the California Criminal Justice Funders Group.


Modality: Rituals as Bridges to Healing
September 26, 2019  |  4:30pm – 7:00pm  | Oakland, CA

On Thursday, September 26, 2019, EBCF hosted a unique event featuring art, live afro-cuban jazz from the band T3io, food, and refreshments. As a longtime supporter of the arts, we were honored to host this event entitled “Modality: Rituals as Bridges to Healing,” featuring local artists Pablo Soto Campoamor and Derrick Bell. Drawing from their own personal experiences and emotions, these two artists are able to encapsulate culture and history through their work. “Modality” examines the ways that rituals inform our experiences and how we operate in various modes to protect our bodies, overcome hardship, and build bridges to healing.

ASCEND:BLO Network Summit
June 19, 2019  |  8:30am – 5:30pm  | Location TBA

The first annual ASCEND:BLO Network Summit was held on Wednesday, June 19, from 8:30am to 5:30pm. The Summit was a first-of-its-kind opportunity for representatives of the over 250 Black-Led Organizations (BLOs) across six Bay Area counties (Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Clara) to come together on Juneteenth around the theme of “Breaking Barriers – Building Bonds.” 

BLOs had the opportunity to network, learn from, and be inspired by dynamic speakers and facilitators, and connect with funders committed to supporting the sustainability and sense of community of Bay Area BLOs. 

Visit the ASCEND:BLO page for more information about the initiative. 

Diversity in Philanthropy: Understanding, Engaging, and Networking the High Net Worth Donor of Color

In partnership with the San Francisco Foundation and the Women Donors Network, on May 20th, EBCF had the privilege of hosting the Donors of Color Network event, entitled “Diversity in Philanthropy: Understanding, Engaging, and Networking the High Net Worth Donor of Color.”

If you missed this engaging and informative event, we encourage you to watch the pre-recorded stream on the EBCF Facebook page. Don’t forget to like and follow us for more streamed events like this one in the future.

Thank you to all who joined us for a fantastic evening of learning, engaging, and networking. We look forward to sharing our space with you for future events. To learn more about EBCF’s work with the Donors of Color Network, contact Sachi Yoshii at syoshii@eastbaycf.org.

ASCEND:BLO Network Event
May 17, 2019  |  1:30pm – 3:30pm  | Mountain View

BLO Network events are a key component of the ASCEND:BLO initiative, providing peer networking, learning, and community building to all BLOs in the Bay Area. On May 17, 2019, BLO Network event took place at the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, with the goal of supporting BLOs from Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties in building relationships and collaborations through connections with one another, as well as with funders. It is imperative that BLOs from these regions are seen and heard to begin to help close the philanthropic gap. The event also helped identify key capacity building needs for these BLOs to inform future events.

Approximately 30 BLOs from the Santa Clara and San Mateo counties were in attendance and were encouraged to bring two attendees each. The program kicked-off with entertainment, followed by a welcome address and opening remarks. Byron Johnson, Capacity Building Initiative Officer for ASCEND:BLO, provided an overview of the initiative. The event provided structured networking activities and real-time polls to gather feedback on capacity building needs and interests, and a drawing for pop-up grants. The event finished with closing remarks.

For more information about the ASCEND:BLO initiative, contact Byron Johnson at bjohnson@eastbaycf.org

After Hours with The East Bay Community Foundation and The Oakland Museum of California

On April 24th, 2019, members of EBCF’s professional advisor network were invited to attend a behind-the-scenes tour of two new installations at The Oakland Museum of California. Members of the OMCA exhibition development team took attendees on a tour of the Black Power and Taking Native Lands and Lives installations.

Black Power: In response to the widely-popular 2016 special exhibition, All Power to the People: Black Panthers at 50, this new installation in the Gallery of California History at the Oakland Museum of California illustrates the creative ways Black anti-racist activists in California supported their communities and challenged the U.S. government. Focusing on the example of the Black Panther Party, Black Power brings to light the tensions between a culturally and socially progressive California and examples of economic racism and oppression in the state.

Taking Native Lands and Lives: A new display in the Gallery of California History explores the history of violence and genocide against Native peoples in California. Between 1848 and 1870, the Native population plunged from roughly 150,000 to 30,000. Greed for land and a deep-rooted racism led to brutal violence that was sponsored by the state government and carried out by its residents. Learn about this history in the early era of statehood and the legacy that continues to affect California today.

A Just East Bay: Women and the Criminal Justice System Donor Education Series 2019, Session 1

On April 4th, 2019, the East Bay Community Foundation and the Race, Gender, and Human Rights Fund were extremely pleased to hold the first session of a 3-part education series designed for donors to learn about the criminal justice system’s particular impact on women and families. A local panel of dedicated advocates shared their work to advance systemic solutions and explore how strategic philanthropy can address the destructive consequences of mass incarceration: poverty, homelessness, intergenerational trauma, and separated families… Read More


Who Benefits from California’s Economic Boom? A Conversation with Lenny Mendonca and Margaret Hanlon-Gradie

We were honored to host Lenny Mendonca and Margaret Hanlon-Gradie on March 13, 2019 at Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek. We hope that all who attended were as inspired as we were by the thought-provoking conversation on both the statewide and local economies… Read More