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Community-based nonprofits must be nimble, strategic, and effective in addressing major social problems with limited time and resources. The most high-impact nonprofits harness data and build systems to evaluate their impact, learn, and adapt. Yet many local nonprofits lack the tools and expertise to do this work and translate learning into action. The diverse nonprofits below have graduated from the first Impact Lab, a rigorous 18-month program launched by the Sobrato Family Foundation to support a select cohort of nonprofits seeking to hone their evaluation skills. They have demonstrated their commitment to data-informed strategy and continuous learning to deepen their community impact. By supporting any or all of the nonprofits below, you can support high-impact, data-driven nonprofits providing life-changing opportunities to the residents of Silicon Valley.
Budget FY 2019: $2.0M
Empowers young people from underserved communities in Silicon Valley to reach their full potential. The multi-faceted six-year program launches low-income and first-gen college-bound students on the path to college through personalized academic support, family engagement, college counseling, and leadership development. 96% of students who complete the Breakthrough program are accepted by four-year universities and 86% of students attend four-year universities.
Budget FY 2019: $3.9M
Building Skills Partnership (BSP) is a statewide nonprofit that works to improve the quality of life for low-wage property service workers and their families by increasing their skills, access to education, and opportunities for career and community advancement. BSP collaborates closely with commercial building owners, janitorial employers, labor and community leaders to train and educate workers throughout California, with a hub in the San Jose region.
Budget FY 2019: $6.4M
Prevents juvenile crime and incarceration in more than 20 cities in Santa Clara, San Mateo, and Alameda Counties by providing at-risk youth with legal education, leadership training, and one-on-one mentoring. 80% or more of FLY youth report that the program has inspired them to change and given them hope for the future.
Budget FY 2019: $1.9M
Grail Family Services strengthens family capacity to support young children’s positive educational outcomes and to build a thriving community. They offer quality programs and services to families and children in the areas of early literacy, language development, early math, preschool, and family engagement. They also provide family engagement professional development to early childhood educators. GFS has been serving low-income families with young children in East San Jose for nearly 20 years.
Budget FY 2019: $2.4M
Rebuilding Together Peninsula revitalizes communities and rebuilds lives by repairing homes, thereby providing safe and healthy communities for everyone. Since 1989, RTP has provided renovation and repair services for the Peninsula’s most vulnerable homeowners—seniors, veterans, persons with disabilities, and families with children and community facilities. RTP serves approximately 200 homeowners each year with the help of over 2,000 volunteers in San Mateo County and northern Santa Clara County.
Budget FY 2019: $12.0M
Sacred Heart Community Service is an anti-poverty organization founded in 1964 that addresses the root causes and consequences of poverty. SHCS has successfully organized grassroots campaigns on issues including immigrant and tenant rights, affordable housing policy and financing, minimum wages, and educational and racial equity. SHCS mobilizes volunteers to provide impactful services which support/empower over 60,000 people annually, such as food, clothing, financial assistance, employment, youth and adult education.
Budget FY 2019: $14.2M
Serving more than 14,000 people per year, Samaritan House is the central anti-poverty organization in San Mateo County leading the charge with a data-driven, personalized approach to delivering a full range of essential services. We ensure the working poor aren’t invisible and provide the resources and support they need to be fed, clothed, healthy, and housed so they can remain an active, successful part of our community.
Budget FY 2019: $3.5M
Activates community leadership to uplift the East San Jose’s Mayfair neighborhood and address systemic inequalities. SOMOS Mayfair ensures that families have access to resources and opportunities to strengthen the community, through leadership development, organizing, and early school success programs.
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