Community Giving

CEF awards $200K to 33 West Contra Costa nonprofits

In a year beset with challenges, Community Giving Initiative will support a broad range of impactful youth service providers across West County

Note: This story was originally published on the Chamberlin Family Foundation website. It has been modified to reflect a continuing initiative supported by the Chamberlin Education Foundation.  

RICHMOND — Continuing a tradition of community grant making on Giving Tuesday, the Chamberlin Education Foundation awarded $208,500 to a broad range of non-profit organizations that serve youth across West Contra Costa. 

This year’s Community Giving Initiative (CGI) provided 33 local, youth-serving organizations with grants of up to $15,000 each.

“These organizations serve our community’s most precious assets: our children,” said Dr. Stefanie Phillips, Chief Executive Officer at the Chamberlin Education Foundation. 

“Through their programming, our children are able to embark on journeys of self-discovery through music, leadership, the arts, history, culture, and STEM programs,” Phillips said.

Launched in 2018, CGI grants support eligible non-profits whose work engages youth, but may not be directly tied to public education equity, CEF’s primary focus in West Contra Costa. 

In past years, the foundation fielded community nominations to identify eligible organizations. This year, the foundation streamlined a renewal process for organizations that applied for 2019 CGI grants, provided that they plan to continue their service to West Contra Costa youth in 2021.

“We’re thrilled to continue our support for these outstanding community organizations, particularly during these difficult economic times,” Phillips said. 

Above: YES Nature to Neighborhoods provides outdoor adventures for West Contra Costa youth. Top: Rich City Rides helps young people build connections through their love for cycling. Photos courtesy of YES Nature to Neighborhoods and Rich City Rides. Published with permission.