The East Bay Community Foundation is celebrating a record year in funding for the organization, which servers as the largest source of philanthropic support for Alameda and Contra Costa counties.
The foundation rung in $128.17 million in new contributions during 2013, the vast majority of which — or $120 million — came in as two gifts from the same anonymous donor.
The organization’s interim President and CEO Deborah Alvarez-Rodriguez, formerly CEO of Goodwill of San Francisco, said it was a particularly good year for matching and challenge grants to nonprofits in the East Bay, which encourage grantees to reach new donors and push ongoing donors to give higher amounts.
The foundation, which typically gifts about 60 percent of its funding to causes in the East Bay, gave out $25.7 million in grants last year.
Brentwood and Concord social non-profits win East Bay Community Foundation grants
Nonprofits that benefited this year include the Michael Chavez Center for Economic Opportunity and Monument Community Partnership in Concord, which received a $35,000 matching gift from an anonymous donor at the East Bay Community Foundation that allowed it to launch a campaign to increase awareness about its programs to support low-income families.
There’s also the Village Community Resource Center in Brentwood, which got $220,000 in grant money from the foundation to keep its center for the lowest-income Latino families up and running.
In Oakland, foundation donor Kaiser Permanente loaned Girls Inc. $1 million to buy and renovate its new headquarters and resource center. There was a stipulation that the loan would be forgiven if Girls, Inc. could raise additional funds on its own, which it did.
~ This post originally appeared in the SF Business Times