Economic Opportunity

In 2015, the Foundation initiated grantmaking to support middle-skills career pathways that aimed to build a pipeline for jobs in Silicon Valley for individuals with GED/high school, but without four-year university completion. From these initial investments and from ongoing conversations with stakeholders in the field, there emerged a recurring and predominant sentiment that income elevation through skills development and employment was not nearly enough to address the challenges to economic prosperity specific to Silicon Valley.

In response, the portfolio was expanded in late 2016 to more holistically respond to the economic challenges faced by individuals and families in Silicon Valley. This expansion formed the basis of our current Pathways for Success program.