Despite its image as a place of boundless possibilities, Silicon Valley is a place of deep economic inequality; racial disparities in education, health, and criminal justice; and systemic barriers to opportunity. Per capita income for Silicon Valley Latinos, for example, is less than half of that for non-Latino Whites. Low-income tenants in most Silicon Valley cities often face unfair evictions. Education quality is often determined by zip code. Advocacy, community organizing, and equity-centered programming serve as vital tools to harness the power of all communities to access opportunity and drive systemic social change. By supporting any or all of the nonprofits below, you can support high-impact nonprofits disrupting the status quo to support social change.
Budget FY 2019: $3.3M
Empowers youth of color to push for racial justice and transform schools into places where all students have the opportunity and support needed to succeed in college, career, and life. Californians for Justice works statewide, and has trained hundreds of youth from San Jose to be community leaders and organizers, and transform school policies.
Budget FY 2019: $5.3M
CLSEPA provides transformative legal services in the areas of immigration, housing, and economic advancement. Low-income communities and communities of color in East Palo Alto and surrounding areas are subject to the systemic forces of exclusion, inequity, and exploitation. CLSEPA partners with community-based groups to help each person exercise their strength, power, and legal rights. CLSEPA’s expert staff, along with hundreds of dedicated volunteers, helps over 6,000 community members each year.
Budget FY 2019: $10.5M
Leverages innovative legal advocacy as a tool for social change. The team of attorneys, social workers, community workers, and pro bono attorneys work together to create a community where all have access: to a home, to quality education, and to healthcare, including mental healthcare. The Law Foundation serves over 10,000 individuals and families each year.
Budget FY 2020: $4.0M
Fights social injustice by representing low-income residents of San Mateo County in civil legal matters including housing, domestic abuse, immigration, public benefits access, disability rights, education, and senior services. In just one year, Legal Aid opened cases impacting over 6,000 low-income individuals. Legal Aid also engages in systems-change advocacy at the county and state levels, and uses local data to support their advocacy work and to improve client services.
Budget FY 2019: $1.5M
A multi-faith, grassroots organization that provides leadership training and experience to community members of many different ethnic, religious, and socio-economic backgrounds. PACT challenges themselves and all those with power to catalyze a movement to end racial and economic inequalities in Silicon Valley, focusing on economic justice, education equity, immigrant rights, and justice system reform at the local, state, and national levels.
Budget FY 2019: $2.2M
Empowers low-income immigrants and refugees through community education and organizing, leadership development, policy advocacy, civic engagement, and legal services. SIREN believes that all people, regardless of legal status or nationality, are entitled to essential services, human dignity, basic rights and protections, and access to full participation in society.
Budget FY 2019: $12.4 M
YWCA is on a mission to eliminate racism and empower women. As one of the first multi-service agencies in the Bay Area, YWCA provides direct services in the core areas of domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, clinical counseling, violence prevention, quality childcare and STEM education; and works towards bold systems change through education, leadership development and advocacy.
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