Community Giving

CEF announces largest ever Giving Tuesday awards

Community Giving Initiative to grant nearly $200,000 to 37 youth-serving organizations across West Contra Costa

Local nomination process drove 38% growth in number of new non-profits receiving CGI funds

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.”

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From top: A youth member hones her public speaking at The Practice Space, one of 37 non-profit organizations to receive CGI funds. Above: Students practice drama exercises at Quinan Street Project; Rich City Rides gathers young cyclists. Photos courtesy of The Practice Space, Quinan Street Project, and Rich City Rides.

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. 

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Aim High’s summer enrichment program gives students an academic head start on the coming school year. Photo: Aim High
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Youth practice melodies at Los Cenzontles Cultural Arts Academy. Photo: Los Cenzontles Cultural Arts Academy
YES Nature to Neighborhoods helps Richmond youth explore the outdoors. Photo: YES Nature to Neighborhoods

“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


Aim High

Bay Area Community Resources

Boys & Girls Clubs of Contra Costa

Bright Futures Growth and Development Center

Building Blocks for Kids

Common Vision

Contra Costa Family Justice Alliance

Early Childhood Mental Health Program

East Bay Center for the Performing Arts

Ed Fund West


Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano

Fred Finch Youth Center

Girls Inc. of West Contra Costa County

Hercules Running Rebels

Junior Achievement of Northern California


Los Cenzontles Cultural Arts Academy

Mindful Life Project

More Than A Game

Moving Forward for our Future (Moving Forward)


Read-Aloud Volunteer Program

Rich City RIDES

Richmond Art Center

Richmond Police Activities League

Richmond Promise

RYSE Center

The Latina Center

The Practice Space

The Quinan Street Project

Things That Creep

Urban Tilth

West County DIGS

West County READS

YES Nature to Neighborhoods

YMCA of the East Bay

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Beach day for members of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Contra Costa. Photo: Boys and Girls Clubs of Contra Costa
A dancer performs at East Bay Center for the Performing Arts. Photo: East Bay Center for the Performing Arts
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ESCAPE Club at DeJean Middle visits Yosemite National Monument. Photo: ESCAPE Club