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Momentum building, HOPE SF updates

About the League, Storieson September 9th, 2014No Comments Leave a comment

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.”

Gift of Mobility Van / Community Foundation for San Benito County

General, Grantmaking & Leadership, Storieson December 1st, 2011No Comments Leave a comment

Amy Miller is a very happy 14-year old girl riding in her new mobility van.  The purchase of the van was made possible through the Martin Rajkovich Children’s Fund, a fund of the Community Foundation for San Benito County dedicated to improving the quality of life for special needs children living in San Benito County.

This is the first modified vehicle the family has ever owned, and couldn’t have come at a better time for the Miller family, as getting around town for the simplest of errands was becoming a daunting task in their current SUV.  Amy’s mother had to physically lift her in and out of the vehicle, creating physical strain on both mother and daughter. They needed an easy access vehicle that allowed Amy to remain safely in her wheelchair, and the van was the perfect solution.

The Foundation thanks Tiffany Ford Motor Company for spearheading the efforts in locating the specially designed vehicle, for their full safety inspection, and their help in making the family’s dream a reality.

For information regarding the Martin Rajkovich Children’s Fund please contact the Community Foundation at 831.630.1924 or visit the website at

Youth Give Away $20,000 / The Community Foundation Serving Riverside & San Bernardino Counties

General, Grantmaking & Leadership, Storieson November 14th, 2011No Comments Leave a comment

Isaac Morales believes youth today are more involved in their communities than ever before. “They don’t just voice themselves anymore, they take action.”  Isaac  is one of 29  high school students who participate in The Community Foundation Serving Riverside & San Bernardino’s Youth Grantmakers Committee.

The program, launched in 2008, involves them in funding grants for local nonprofit organizations.  Earlier this year, twenty seven nonprofits submitted grant applications with detailed project proposals. They were reviewed by the youth grantmakers, who wanted to help teens dealing with important issues facing young people today.  Nine nonprofits were chosen to receive a total of $20,000. “The goal is to teach young people about the tradition of philanthropy,” said Celia Cudiamat, the foundation’s Vice President of Grant Programs. “We want to increase their awareness about people outside the confines of their own neighborhood, improve their skills in conflict resolution and communications, increase their knowledge about grantmaking, nonprofits and foundations, and teach them leadership and civic skills.  We hope the end result is to increase their interest and involvement in their community.”

Isaac, who will be serving on the committee again next year, summed it up like this: “Youth grantmakers committee is an outlet for us to not only have a voice, but to also have a direct impact with the resources provided to us.  While serving as youth grantmakers, we become leaders, we become liaisons, we become philanthropists, but most importantly, we take action.”

Supporting Trade Tech High / The San Diego Foundation (TSDF)

General, Grantmaking & Leadership, Storieson September 29th, 2011No Comments Leave a comment

The H.G. Fenton Fund was established with The San Diego Foundation in 2001 in part to support the education and technical training of young people entering the building and construction industries.

In late 2010, a check for $60,000 was presented to North County Trade Tech High to sponsor employment of a Trade Instructor. The school provides students with a combination of academic curriculum and hands-on training required to succeed in the building and construction industry. By giving an opportunity to acquire work experience and real-life skills, the school also hopes to keep children from dropping out of school and engaging in crime and other non-productive behavior.