Our Foundation

education

OUR MISSION

“Giving Back Where We Live & Work”

SPECIFIC AREAS WHERE WE FOCUS OUR IMPACT

  • Improving communities through targeted charitable giving
  • Partnering with schools and others on catalyst opportunities
  • Bridging funding gaps to turn ideas into reality

RECENT GRANTS

  • Mountain View Community Services Agency
  • Sheriff’s Activity League for San Mateo County
  • Gang Resistance Education and Training in San Mateo, Foster City, Burlingame, and Hillsborough
  • School Force – a Belmont and Redwood Shores Public School Foundation
  • Salvation Army – Northern California Fire Relief
  • Support to  Silicon Valley Education Foundation’s Elevate Math program in Foster City and Redwood City
    schools. The funds allow three classrooms to be provided during the summer of 2015 which will offer “at-risk” middle
    school students with 75 hours of instruction over four weeks.
  • Sponsor the Oakland Public Education Fund’s “Running for a Cause” team at the Oakland Running Festival. The grant covered the cost for 15 students to participate in the race and helped sponsor an event to thank Oakland public school teachers in May.

Letter Sent: Saturday, March 26, 2016 5:47 PM

Subject: For the second year running…thank you.

 

On this beautiful Saturday I wanted to reach out and thank you for sponsoring the Ed Fund Running Team. For the second straight year, you’ve made it possible for Oakland kids to run the amazing Oakland Running Festival. We’re so lucky to partner with the Sares Regis Education & Community Foundation as a true champion for Oakland kids and the Ed Fund.

 

We were able to bring more than 100 student runners to the race this year, easily doubling last year’s number. You’re a big part of making that happen. I thought you’d appreciate these words from one of our runners, Samuel, a sophomore at Oakland Unity High School who ran the Half Marathon:

 

“When you cross that finish line, you feel like you can do anything in the world. To the sponsors I’d say thanks for giving kids the chance to have that feeling. Many of us talk in class about what the sponsors have done for us, and a lot of what we’ve been inspired to do is go back and help others.”

 

Samuel has done just that, returning to his middle school alma mater Urban Promise Academy (UPA), where he co-coached UPA’s team of runners this year. His is just one of the inspiring student stories we took away from last Sunday.

 

If you haven’t seen photos from race day yet, you can check out our album here. I’m also dropping in a few photos below. Coach Samuel is on the right in the first photo. We also had Mayor Libby Schaaf spend some time with student runners at our tent—she’s pictured with Westlake Middle School kids in the second photo.

 

Like last year, the event served as an opportunity to kick off Teacher Appreciation Month (which we officially begin May 1). I’ve included images below of a couple signed thank-you cards from our tent. All in all, just an inspiring day. Thank you for being a big part of it.

 

In grateful partnership,

 

Executive Director Brian Stanley and the Ed Fund team