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SFF grants $2.4M in General Operating Support to 16 SV Nonprofits focused on Housing & Shelter, Employment & Financial Sufficiency, and Capacity Building; Increases Support to Ensure LCFF Dollars Target Region’s Highest Need Students

Jun 25, 2015

– Multi-Year, flexible grants benefit 16 local organizations

– Support for organizations working to ensure LCFF funds are used as state intends

General Operating Support

This June’s awards granted nearly $2.4M to 16 organizations focused on housing & shelter, employment & financial sufficiency, and nonprofit capacity building in San Mateo, Santa Clara, and Southern Alameda Counties.

SFF Program Officer Kavitha Sreeharsha noted, “Our mission as a Foundation is to make Silicon Valley a place of opportunity for all its residents, and we know this requires supporting essential human services. Whether connecting people with housing or employment, or helping engage the public in community concerns, this slate of grantees does tremendous good in the Valley—we’re deeply proud to support their work.”

Housing & Shelter

  • Abode Services
  • Bill Wilson Center
  • Ronald McDonald House at Stanford
  • Family Supportive Housing, Inc.
  • InnVision Shelter Network
  • Human Investment Project
  • Kainos Home & Training Center

Employment & Financial Sufficiency

  • Downtown Streets Inc.
  • Upwardly Global
  • JobTrain, Inc.

Nonprofit Capacity Building & Community Improvement

  • Silicon Valley Creates
  • People Acting in Community Together
  • AnewAmerica Community Corporation
  • Opportunity Fund Northern California
  • Tapfound Inc.
  • Hands on Bay Area

21st Century Education Grants

Last summer, SFF provided support to a coalition of organizations whose aim was to promote effective implementation of supplemental grants funded through California’s Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) in four of Silicon Valley’s highest-need public school districts.

SFF’s Senior Program Officer for Education Kenji Treanor said, “Over the past year, this coalition has successfully mobilized hundreds of parents and community members to engage in the LCFF process. Their efforts have resulted in greater district transparency, and major progress toward ensuring these supplemental resources aren’t diverted, but rather target our highest-need English Learner and low-income students as state law requires.”

To build on this success, in June 2015, SFF provided an additional $240,000 in grants to increase alignment between LCFF spending plans and other funding within district budgets, and further formalize parent engagement in all aspects of the LCFF process. Mr. Treanor added, “Much has been accomplished, but hard work remains. Ensuring LCFF supplemental funds are allocated as the state intended—particularly in Silicon Valley’s districts with high numbers of English Learners and low-income students—is critical to closing the achievement gap.”

21st Century Education Strategic Support Grantees:

  • Californians for Justice Education Fund
  • People Acting in Community Together
  • Somos Mayfair, Inc.

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