Archive for September, 2014

Fresno Regional Foundation selects Hugh Ralston as CEO

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Momentum building, HOPE SF updates

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Right now is a very exciting time for HOPE SF.

With one year of on-the-ground work in Hunters View completed, we are pleased to share this update on impact, successes, and strategies moving forward.

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The Voices of HOPE SF Youth

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Last month, I joined with our HOPE SF cohort to hear the results of our latest assessment, focusing on the experience of youth living in HOPE SF sites.

Working with San Francisco State’s Health Equity Institute’s public health graduate students, and with the Youth Leadership Institute (YLI) for seven months, ten young people who live in four separate HOPE SF sites lead this report-back, pulling together testimonials, insights, and key recommendations that will help to inform and define our work as we move forward working together with community leaders who are making change happen.

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The San Francisco Foundation, Enterprise Community Partners

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Led by The San Francisco Foundation, Enterprise Community Partners, and the City and County of San Francisco, the partnership for HOPE SF is a public-private partnership that takes an integrated approach to address generational poverty that has yet to be broken in the most distressed public housing in the Bayview, Potrero Hill, and Visitacion Valley neighborhoods of San Francisco.

By investing in the whole community at once – improving school attendance, providing a real shot at the skills needed to attain a living-wage job, and turning the tide on health disparities in the southeast sector of San Francisco – the partnershpi for HOPE SF is an all-hands-on-deck approach to creating opportunity for all of San Francisco’s residents, particularly those who have been here for generations.

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The San Francisco Foundation -Opportunity Fund

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Onigilly—a local Japanese food business—opened its second location at Four Embarcadero. With some help from La Cocina and Opportunity Fund—both organizations supported by The San Francisco Foundation – See more

San Francisco Foundation Successful Partnership Leverages $2.1M for Bay Area Projects

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We are pleased to announce that The San Francisco Foundation is continuing and expanding our longstanding partnership with The Calvert Foundation through our Program-Related Investment Fund. Our new $350,000 investment will be leveraged six times, supporting $2.1 million in lending to Bay Area projects. – See more

Avid about AVID Student credits success to Destino grantee

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As freshman Giovanni Rosales walks across the campus of California State University, Northridge, he observes two types of students.

“I can actually see the difference between an AVID student and a regular student because you see their motivation and determination to be successful,” he said.

Moorpark Unified School District’s AVID program, or Advancement Via Individual Determination, supports minority students in their journey to college. Project College Bound, a component of the AVID program, serves Latinos like Rosales who show academic potential and who are the first in their families to attend college.

Project College Bound received a $20,000 grant in 2013 from Destino: The Hispanic Legacy Fund, its second grant from the VCCF fund.

“Destino’s focus for the next several grant cycles is college preparedness for Latino students. When we saw such achievement by Project College Bound students in the past school year, the grants committee felt the youth served by this program are in good hands and are truly being set up for academic success,” said Hank Lacayo, a VCCF board member and co-chair of the Destino committee.

Project College Bound guides Latino students from their freshman to senior years of high school. The program offers SAT and ACT preparation, workshops in financial assistance and coping mechanisms when children leave their family to follow their dreams, as well as scholarship research and field trips to colleges.

In the 2011-2012 academic year, Project College Bound served 148 Latino students at Moorpark High. In the 2013-2014 school year, the program anticipates assisting 192 students.

“The program has been steadily growing and our AVID team has a concise plan to identify students who will best benefit from the AVID program,” said Melinda Froelich, a mathematics and AVID educator at Moorpark High School. “I have been told time and again from parents that they don’t know how they would have helped their child get to college because they didn’t know the path.”

Students, Froelich said, tell her they joined AVID because it seemed like a family and it looked like fun.

“But the real reward was learning how to accomplish their dreams. These students are brave. They are accomplishing what no one in their family ever has before,” she said.

That is Rosales’ story. The youngest of five, he is the first of his family to go to college.

“If it wasn’t for AVID, I wouldn’t be at a four-year university,” said Rosales of Moorpark. “The program helped me find resources I can use to my advantage. You really become knowledgeable about universities. That is what they are setting you up for – success.”

Educational Kinesiology Foundation, Kari Coady Board Leadership Story

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Kari Coady’s journey to leadership –

As executive director of the nonprofit Educational Kinesiology Foundation, Kari Coady understands the important role movement plays in transforming lives and fostering the ability to thrive amid life’s changes.

Several years ago, Kari was named executive director of the Ventura organization with a board of directors spread out across the globe.

“I knew nothing about nonprofits,” said Kari, who was trained as an educator.

By chance, she opened an email from the Center for Nonprofit Leadership at VCCF and the next day enrolled in the Board Leadership Institute at her own expense.

It was an eye-opening experience as Kari began to learn about nonprofit best practices. Using the information from that class, she set out to transform the organization starting with her relationship with the board. Together, they began putting procedures, policies and structures in place to support a healthier future for the organization.

Kari started to embrace her leadership role. The energetic executive developed a thirst for more information and kept right on going with her training. She remains a curious seeker of ways of doing her good work better.

“Over the years, Kari always saw herself as a student. I have seen her become a savvy, self-confident leader and a mentor of the next generation of nonprofit leaders serving our community,” said Dena Jenson, CNL director.

Kari has taken another step for which VCCF is most grateful. She recently became a monthly CNL donor.

When asked what made her donate she replied, “I wouldn’t be where I am today without the CNL staff and faculty. Their ability to teach guide and support has drawn out the leader within me.”

Economic Analysis of the 2014 Drought for California Agriculture

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California is enduring its third driest year on record as agricultural, urban and environmental demands for water are at an all-time high.  This report presents an assessment of the economic impacts of the 2014 drought on crop production, livestock and dairies using a suite of models.

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Report to the Community July 17, 2014 (PDF)

An in-depth look at how the Big Day of Giving transformed our community