Advancing Student Success in West Contra Costa Public Schools

The Chamberlin Family Foundation supports the people, policies, and practices that strengthen public schools for students in West Contra Costa.

K-12 Education Grantmaking


The Chamberlin Family Foundation invests in best-practices shown to strengthen teaching and learning, and supports organizations that work to increase teacher impact and student success.

Teacher & Leadership Support

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We believe that well-supported principals and instructional leaders across our public schools can deliver the year-over-year academic growth that every student in West Contra Costa deserves.

Foundation News

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Explore info and analysis on local and statewide education policies, data on student academic growth, and stories of impact from our team, guest authors, and partner organizations.

Featured Grantee

Community Leadership Initiative

Founded: 2018

Vision statement: We seek to live in a world full of empowered authentic leaders who ask questions, advocate for their beliefs and build thriving communities.

Directors: Maddie Orenstein & Isis Espinosa


Community Leadership Initiative Links Richmond Teens with Local Leaders

An upstart summer program for West Contra Costa teens is earning strong praise from student participants for its local focus on community engagement and civic leadership.

In its third year, the Community Leadership Institute (CLI) this summer welcomed high school students from across Richmond to spend two weeks meeting leaders.

Community Giving Initiative

We’re proud to support more than three dozen youth-serving West Contra Costa organizations with funds from our Community Giving Initiative.

Our annual nomination process invites community members to identify impactful nonprofits that provide a broad range of direct services to West Contra Costa youth.

Teacher Gratitude Grants

CFF’s annual Gratitude Grants program awards $250 to individual K-12 public school teachers in West Contra Costa. Since 2015, we’ve provided over 2,700 Gratitude Grants that teachers used for classroom supplies, curricular enhancements and materials that support student learning and success.

The 2020 Gratitude Grant period finished with a record number of applicants. More than 800 West Contra Costa public school teachers received Gratitude Grants this Spring!