The in Cupertino, California, has announced grants totaling nearly $2.5 million to nonprofit organizations in Silicon Valley.
Grants awarded through the foundation's signature General Operating Support program will provide nearly $2.4 million over two years to sixteen nonprofit organizations in San Mateo, Santa Clara, and southern Alameda counties focused on housing and shelter, employment and financial sufficiency, and nonprofit capacity building. The program, which includes a 2:1 challenge feature, is expected to generate an additional $1.1 million for the recipient organizations. Recipients include , which was awarded $133,520 to help low-income individuals secure stable, supportive housing and advocate for elimination of the causes of homelessness; , which will receive $291,000 to improve the lives of Menlo Park residents through the provision of job skills training and career placement services; and the , which was awarded $51,250 to lead, mobilize, and engage professionals in pro bono service that helps drive social change.
In addition, the foundation awarded grants totaling $110,000 to three organizations working to boost academic achievement among low-income and English-learner students in Silicon Valley. The grants, which build on 2014 efforts to promote the effective implementation of state grants in four of San Jose's highest-need public school districts, include $125,000 to , a grassroots organization that works to empower youth, communities of color, immigrants, low-income families, and LGBTQ communities; $80,000 to , which works to empower people to create more healthy and just communities; and $35,000 to to promote cultural activism, social services, and community organizing in San Jose’s Mayfair neighborhood.
"Our mission as a foundation is to make Silicon Valley a place of opportunity for all its residents, and we know this requires supporting essential human services," said Sobrato Family Foundation program officer Kavitha Sreeharsha. "Whether connecting people with housing or employment, or helping engage the public in community concerns, this slate of grantees does tremendous good in the valley — we're deeply proud to support their work."