Pathways for Success Grantees

The Sobrato Family Foundation has been seeking to increase economic opportunity within the Silicon Valley through its strategic grantmaking. Below is a list of our current grantees in the Pathways for Success program.


Grantee Purpose Statement Year Amount
Able Works To support LiveAble program of education, peer support, and coaching to bring economic self-sufficiency to young female head of households in Silicon Valley. 2017-2020 $300,000
Braven Incorporated Expand Braven’s college-success course to ensure low-income students develop the skills, professional network, and internship or similar career-acceleration opportunities necessary for procuring a high-quality first job upon graduation. 2018-2021 $750,000
Building Skills Partnership To expand BSP’s reach to serve a greater number of individuals and families 2019-2021 $400,000
Center for Employment Opportunities To support the growth of the Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO) in San Jose, including expanding programs to stabilize and support high-need individuals who require greater access to skill development and career pathways, particularly individuals under probation in Santa Clara County. 2018-2020 $250,000
Genesys Works Bay Area To support growth and sustainability of Genesys Works programming in San Jose, tripling the number of students served per year, and building the foundation for greater expansion in Silicon Valley beyond the grant term. 2016-2019 $300,000
Grameen America Invest in women entrepreneurs living in poverty in Silicon Valley, to develop and grow new and/or existing businesses through a combination of microloans, credit- and asset-building, and financial education. 2018-2020 $400,000
Human Investment Project To support the growth, improvement, and sustainability of the Self Sufficiency Program. 2017-2020 $360,000
Inner City Advisors To expand the Inner City Advisors (ICA) service model, launching tailored and intensive Small Business Accelerator in to San Jose. 2018-2020 $400,000
Jewish Vocational and Career Counseling Service Develop and deliver high-quality career pathway training programs 2019-2021 $300,000
Juma Ventures Deepen Juma’s program in San Jose by expanding its services. 2019-2020 $200,000
Kiva Microfunds To support Kiva San Jose 2017-2020 $300,000
NPower To support the growth and program expansion of NPower. 2017-2019 $200,000
Pivotal To further develop the postsecondary support programming offered by Silicon Valley Children’s Fund (SVCF), that supports foster youth residing in Santa Clara County to successfully earn a post-secondary degree or credential and transition into living-wage employment. 2018-2020 $400,000
Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center To expand and deepen delivery of comprehensive entrepreneurship training and support services in San Jose 2019-2021 $500,000
San Jose Public Library Foundation To create a regional framework for the implementation of College Promise programming at San Jose’s community colleges. This planning process will create a unified, high-support, low-barrier pathways to attain post-secondary credentials and corresponding economic opportunities, in the Silicon Valley for low-income, first-generation college students. 2018-2020 $300,000
Small Business Majority Foundation Inc. To support the creation of new jobs and economic mobility 2019-2021 $450,000
Small Business Majority Foundation Inc. Inform, educate, and connect underserved entrepreneurs in the South Bay to lending options and other resources for running their small business and microenterprises, allowing them to create new jobs and economic mobility in their communities. 2018-2019 $175,000
SV@Home To invest in SV@Home's communication, engagement and outreach program. 2017-2019 $200,000
TMC Development Working Solutions To support the expansion of the Integrated Program for Entrepreneurial Success into Santa Clara County and San Mateo County. 2018-2020 $350,000
United Way of The Bay Area To support launching and operating a SparkPoint Center in San Jose to help low-income individuals and families in Santa Clara County (SCC) increase income, build credit, and accumulate assets. 2016-2019 $375,000
Year Up Inc. To support the continued growth of Year Up Bay Area (YUBA) in serving greater numbers of low-income young adults in Silicon Valley to reach their full potential through professional careers and higher education. 2018-2020 $450,000
$300,000 | 2017-2020
To support LiveAble program of education, peer support, and coaching to bring economic self-sufficiency to young female head of households in Silicon Valley.
$750,000 | 2018-2021
Expand Braven’s college-success course to ensure low-income students develop the skills, professional network, and internship or similar career-acceleration opportunities necessary for procuring a high-quality first job upon graduation.
$250,000 | 2018-2020
To support the growth of the Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO) in San Jose, including expanding programs to stabilize and support high-need individuals who require greater access to skill development and career pathways, particularly individuals under probation in Santa Clara County.
$300,000 | 2016-2019
To support growth and sustainability of Genesys Works programming in San Jose, tripling the number of students served per year, and building the foundation for greater expansion in Silicon Valley beyond the grant term.
$400,000 | 2018-2020
Invest in women entrepreneurs living in poverty in Silicon Valley, to develop and grow new and/or existing businesses through a combination of microloans, credit- and asset-building, and financial education.
$400,000 | 2018-2020
To further develop the postsecondary support programming offered by Silicon Valley Children’s Fund (SVCF), that supports foster youth residing in Santa Clara County to successfully earn a post-secondary degree or credential and transition into living-wage employment.
$300,000 | 2018-2020
To create a regional framework for the implementation of College Promise programming at San Jose’s community colleges. This planning process will create a unified, high-support, low-barrier pathways to attain post-secondary credentials and corresponding economic opportunities, in the Silicon Valley for low-income, first-generation college students.
$450,000 | 2018-2020
To support the continued growth of Year Up Bay Area (YUBA) in serving greater numbers of low-income young adults in Silicon Valley to reach their full potential through professional careers and higher education.