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, CA — Over three dozen West Contra Costa non-profit organizations will receive grants from the Chamberlin Education Foundation to continue their youth-focused work in the region.
CFF announced today that it will support 37 local, non-profit organizations with grant funds totaling nearly $200,000.
”We know it takes a robust ecosystem to provide our young people with everything they need to succeed in school and beyond,” said Silvana Valle, CFF’s Program Coordinator who manages the Community Giving Initiative (CGI). “This initiative is one way we recognize and support the strengthening of this ecosystem each year.”
Launched in 2018, the unique community-driven grantmaking process aims to support exemplary, youth-serving organizations that may fall outside of the Chamberlin Education Foundation’s primary funding areas, and that share its vision for a thriving, vibrant West Contra Costa community, according to Valle.
“Once again this year, we called on the West Contra Costa community to help us identify high-impact, direct-service organizations that support youth in our community,” Valle explained.
While CEF invests millions annually to support teaching and learning improvements in West Contra Costa public schools, the CGI allows the foundation to extend its impact beyond its education focus to strengthen local organizations that serve youth in other ways.
“We can’t wait to see what these organizations will accomplish in the year to come!” – Silvana Valle, Program Coordinator
Community Giving Initiative nominations identified 50 eligible organizations this year, a 52% increase from the previous year. All 37 that applied received at least a small grant, with 10 organizations receiving $10,000 or more based on their Community Giving Rubric score and other factors.
“This Giving Tuesday, we are thrilled to announce that we are giving more than we have ever given to our local, youth-serving organizations,” Valle said.
“We remain deeply appreciative of all the work the leaders and staff who are spearheading these organizations put in on behalf of our young people each and every day,” Valle said. “Thank you to everyone who submitted nominations, or shared the opportunity with nonprofits they cared about.”
“We can’t wait to see all these organizations accomplish in the year to come!”
2019 CFF Community Giving Initiative Grantees LIST