OVERVIEW: The Roger Family Foundation only funds projects aimed at enhancing public education in Oakland, California. Funding decisions are guided by the Foundation’s Oakland Education Strategy, which focuses on three initiative areas: Quality Schools, Blended Personalized Learning, and Early Literacy.
FUNDING AREAS: High-quality education in Oakland, California, early literacy, personalized learning, community institutions
IP TAKE: This is an accessible and approachable foundation for schools and education nonprofits in Oakland. Contact the staff to discuss your program or need for capital or operating support before filling out any paperwork.
PROFILE: T. Gary and Kathleen Rogers established the Rogers Family Foundation in 2003. This private family funder primarily supports education in Oakland Public Schools. The foundation’s education strategy is to provide opportunities for all Oakland students to excel in high-quality public schools. There are three initiatives within the foundation’s commitment to education in Oakland: Quality Schools, Blended Personalized Learning, and Early Literacy.
The Quality Schools initiative focuses on creating new and redesigned high-quality schools with the collective capacity to serve 10,000 students by 2020. The goal of the Blended Personalized Learning initiative is to create 3,000 personalized, student-centered school seats by 2020. Finally, the Early Literacy initiative aims to improve the literacy of a minimum of 2,500 (~15%) K-3 public school students through collaboration, evidenced-based interventions, and a system of community supports.
The Roger Family Foundation focuses its grantmaking on local education initiatives. This focus is interpreted broadly and several community-based initiatives with an educational focus have received funding. Recent grant recipients including the following: Oakland Unified School District Makers Fellows Program, Boys and Girls Club of Oakland, and Aurum Preparatory Academy.
Those who believe that their organization might be a good fit for Rogers Family Foundation funding should contact RFF directly. During the initial conversation, a site visit will be scheduled. After a successful site visit, an organization will be added to the list of potential grantees for the next grant cycle. An organization can then expect an invitation to apply via email. This invitation will contain the following information:
The grant amount for which you are invited to apply
The specific program or purpose of the potential grant funds
How to complete the online application through our grantee portal
The deadline by which your application is due
The date by which we will make final funding decisions regarding your submission.
The Board of Directors makes final funding decisions at their biannual meetings in June and December. For more information on RFF’s grantmaking process, please visit this overview.
Brian Rogers, CEO
Rhonnel Sotelo, Executive Director
Ryana Barbosa, Literacy Program Officer
Sara Levine, Quality Schools Program Director
Greg Klein, Senior Director, Innovation and Learning
Dana Wellhausen, Director of Grants & Evaluation
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