OVERVIEW: The East Bay Community Foundation combines the assets of multiple smaller foundations in Alameda and Contra Costa that support civic and neighborhood projects. It funds Early childhood education, arts and environment, economic empowerment, and policy advocacy and civic engagement.
FOCUS AREAS: Early childhood education, arts and environment, economic empowerment, policy advocacy and civic engagement
IP TAKE: This community funder is all about equity and advancing partnerships and policies to create a more just East Bay.
PROFILE: The East Bay Community Foundation is a community foundation based in Oakland, California. It has given approximately $50 million to $65 million to organizations that benefit the residents of the East Bay in recent years. Grantmaking areas of interest are early childhood education, arts and environment, economic empowerment, and policy advocacy and civic engagement.
Early childhood grants go towards early education and to improve the future outcomes for local kids. Arts and environment grants go towards transitioning to a sustainable and economically healthy future through social change and lifting up the voices of socially motivated artists. Economic empowerment grants help create more opportunities for residents, and policy and civic grants are aimed at lifting up the voices of unheard populations. It also has special initiatives for boys and men of color, a fund for local artists, a nonprofit giving campaign, and a nonprofit sustainability effort. The Foundation stewards several hundred charitable funds and endowments for general community benefit or designated purposes. Its funds encompass donor advised funds, affiliate funds, and supporting foundations.
Foundation grants vary in size based upon which fund they come from. The foundation does not have an online database to review past grants. Grantmaking is largely focused on Alameda and Contra Costa counties in Northern California.
The foundation does not typically accept unsolicited grant proposals from nonprofits. However, it encourages nonprofits to share their work with the foundation staff to help them learn more about local programs in need of support. Direct general questions to the foundation staff at 510-836-3223 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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