Impact100 East Bay’s goal is to provide high-impact grants that reach under-served populations, support nonprofits, and highlight unmet needs in our community. Through grant-making, we invest in nonprofits financially and by partnering with them to familiarize ourselves with their programs, services, and the communities they serve. In return, our partners assure us our process allows them to think bigger and more strategically about the work they do and the impact they have.
2021 Grant Recipients
Aspire Education, was established in 2005. Since then, it has gathered a small community of educators and tutors whose expertise and emotional intelligence has empowered East Bay students with the skills to become independent, active learners. Aspire adds to its impact by inviting former students to be trained in leadership and communication skills with the goal of mentoring younger students in literacy through their flagship program Community Reading Buddies (CRB). The grant from Impact100 East Bay will triple the number of students served in this unique program from 400 (200 mentors and 200 young readers) to 1200 in 2022.
Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center will use its grant to expand support of existing and new business owners seeking to improve the use of technology (on-line websites, payment technology, etc.) to assist them to expand and rebuild their operations during and post COVID. They will also serve un-and under-employed persons seeking opportunities of entrepreneurship to rebuild their livelihoods through their center in Richmond (serving Contra Costa and Alameda Counties). Their clients are 89% lower income, 78% women and 78% people of color.
Covenant House of California received a $109,000 Impact Grant to implement an on-site mental health program for youth facing homelessness at their Oakland facility, leveraging the success of a similar project in Los Angeles
Impact 100 East Bay awarded $108,000 to CASA (Count Appointed Special Advocates) of Contra Costa County for their Online/Telephone Mental Health Program for Foster Youth. As as result of the pilot they were awarded a $1,000,000 grant to expand the program.
Impact 100 East Bay awarded $103,000 to Opportunity Junction’s “Roadmap to College” program. This program, in partnership with Los Medanos College, assists East Contra Costa “high risk” youth, ages 18-24, to earn an AA degree, learn one of many technical trades, or prepare for transfer to earn a BA/BS degree.
Impact 100 East Bay awarded $105,000 to MISSSEY, an organization devoted to supporting and advocating for youth who are victims of sex trafficking. This “learn to work” pilot resulted in their Thrive Program which teaches trafficking survivors “life skills”.