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Our 2018 Community Giving Initiative

Justin Warren, Chamberlin Family Foundation
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Our 2018 Community Giving Initiative

At the Chamberlin Family Foundation, we know it takes a robust ecosystem to provide our young people with everything they need to succeed. To help support this ecosystem, we provide community grants to direct-service organizations that make a difference for youth across West Contra Costa.

This year, we decided to extend our grantmaking reach to include organizations nominated by community members like you. We called on the West Contra Costa community to help us identify high-impact organizations that might align with our mission to support people and ideas that make a difference.

We could not have been more excited about our community’s response! After a brief nomination period, we received over 70 nomination submissions from people across West County. We enthusiastically invited all eligible organizations to apply. A detailed review of capacity, alignment and potential for impact based on our Community Giving Rubric led to our final funding decisions for 2018.

Today, we are excited to announce the recipients of our first ever community-nominated grantmaking process, receiving collectively over $150,000:

Bay Area Community Resources
Boys & Girls Clubs of Contra Costa
Bright Futures Growth and Development Center
Building Blocks for Kids (BBK)
Call of the Sea
Chess Yoga
Early Childhood Mental Health Program
East Bay Center for the Performing Arts
ESCAPE Club at DeJean Middle School
Girls Inc. of West Contra Costa County
Making Waves College & Alumni Program
Mindful Life Project
Oakland Youth Chorus
Pogo Park
Read-Aloud Volunteer Program
Richmond Museum of History
Richmond Promise
RYSE Center
Seneca Family of Agencies
Tandem, Partners in Early Learning
Urban Tilth
West Coast Chess Alliance
West County DIGS
West County READS
YES Nature to Neighborhoods
YMCA of the East Bay

We are grateful for the visionary leaders and staff who are spearheading the work to create a vibrant, thriving West Contra Costa community for our young people. Thank you to everyone who offered nominations, or shared the opportunity with nonprofits they cared about.

We can’t wait to see how these organizations continue their impactful work in the year to come!

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