Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation focuses on issues it believes are the biggest barriers that prevent people from making the most of their lives. By teaming up with partners around the world to take on some tough problems, including the failures of America’s education system, it funds innovative ideas and employs an outstanding leadership team to direct strategies and grantmaking. The belief that every life has equal value is at the core of their work. www.gatesfoundation.org.
John L. and James S. Knight Foundation
The John L. and James S. Knight Foundation is a national foundation with local roots. It chooses, as the Knight brothers chose, to seek opportunities that can transform both communities and journalism, and help them reach their highest potential. It advances journalism in the digital age and invest in the vitality of communities where the Knight brothers owned newspapers. The Knight Foundation focuses on projects that promote informed, engaged communities and lead to transformational change. It believes that information is a core community need and that all citizens should get the information they need to thrive in a democracy and act in their own best interest. To learn more about the Knight Foundation, visit www.knightfoundation.org.
Rappaport Family Foundation
The Rappaport Family Foundation focuses on finding innovative and promising ideas for engaging community college students in the state of California and preparing them to be a generation of committed and skilled life-long progressive activists. It is not a secret that community colleges are facing difficult fiscal challenges in this economic environment, or that efforts need to be focused on helping students have access to and the ability to succeed in college. However, during a time of civic renewal among young people, we cannot afford to miss this narrow window of opportunity to equip the most progressive-minded generation in decades. www.rappaportfamilyfoundation.org
Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund
The Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund is a private family foundation established by Evelyn D. Haas and Walter A. Haas, Jr. that has awarded nearly $390 million in grants since its founding in 1953. The Fund is located in San Francisco, California. The Fund strives to contribute in meaningful and effective ways at the local, state and national levels to create a just and caring society where all people are able to live, work and raise their families with dignity. To learn more about the Haas, Jr. Fund, visit their website at www.haasjr.org.
Lumina Foundation for Education is committed to enrolling and graduating more students from college. They are the nation’s largest foundation dedicated exclusively to increasing students’ access to and success in postsecondary education. Their goal is to increase the percentage of Americans who hold high-quality degrees and credentials to 60 percent by 2025. Lumina pursues this goal in three ways: by identifying and supporting effective practice, by encouraging effective public policy, and by using our communications and convening capacity to build public will for change. They have worked with and made grants to many colleges, universities, peer foundations, associations and other organizations that work to improve student access and outcomes across the nation. To learn more about the Lumina Foundation, visit www.luminafoundation.org.
Silicon Valley Community Foundation
Silicon Valley Community Foundation’s vision is to be a comprehensive center for philanthropy that inspires greater civic participation throughout San Mateo and Santa Clara counties. The mission of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation is to strengthen the common good, improve quality of life and address the most challenging problems. They do this through visionary community leadership, world-class donor services and effective grantmaking. To learn more about Silicon Valley Community Foundation’s, visit www.siliconvalleycf.org.
Californians want a path forward – not left or right – one right step after another. But, we need your help. Join California Forward for Speak Up CA, an important conversation about our State and its future and how restructuring the relationship between state government and city and county governments may help move the California in the right direction – closer to its people. Your ideas will help us develop our proposals to help repair the state. California Forward is a nonpartisan nonprofit working to fix state government and restore the California dream. www.cafwd.org
Public Dialogue Consortium
The Public Dialogue Consortium is committed to high quality communication in the public sphere that fosters trust and respect, and builds relationships and community. Our focus on communication foregrounds dialogue processes that produce mutual understanding, appreciation for different perspectives, collective wisdom, collaborative problem solving, identification of common ground, and tangible outcomes. Since 1995, we have been collaborating with clients to design and facilitate a wide range of public participation projects for local government agencies, non-profit organizations and educational institutions. For more information, visit us at www.publicdialogue.org.
California Community Colleges’ Success Network (3CSN)
Since 2008, the California Community Colleges’ Success Network (3CSN) has worked to build a community of professional learners who can address the many shared questions, problems, and successes associated with basic skills instruction. In 2010, 3CSN focused its efforts on three areas integral to student success: fall to spring persistence, acceleration through the English and math sequences, and student transfer velocity. As advocates of student success, the director and regional coordinators of 3CSN invite students to partner in our efforts to provide professional development that helps engage, educate, and empower all students pursuing their personal and academic goals at community colleges throughout the state. http://3csn.org
Community College League of California
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The Community College League of California promotes student access and success by strengthening colleges through leadership development, advocacy, policy development, and district services.
YouthBuild USA is a national non-profit organization whose mission is to unleash the intelligence and positive energy of low-income youth to rebuild their communities and transform their lives. There are 273 local YouthBuild programs across the country that help support young people ages 16-24 attain their high school diploma or GED while gaining job training skills building affordable housing for low-income families. YouthBuild USA has received generous funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Open Society Foundations and New Profit (through the Social Innovation Fund in coordination with the Corporation for National & Community Service) to improve and expand efforts to ensure that more low-income young adults who previously left high school can go on to earn diplomas or GED’s and ultimately complete postsecondary credentials.
Sparkaction brings together the latest news, stories and tools from across the child and youth field so you can get informed and take action on the issues that matter most to you. We and our partners believe that together we can be a powerful voice for children, youth and communities. http://sparkaction.org/
Justgood.tv specializes in creating Highly Interactive Programming for nonprofits and social enterprises. We’re not a production company, we help you create ongoing content through social media and live webcast technology that really speaks to your audience.
Bank of America
Bank of America is one of the world’s largest financial institutions, serving individual consumers, small- and middle-market businesses and large corporations with a full range of banking, investing, asset management and other financial and risk management products and services. The company provides unmatched convenience in the United States, serving approximately 57 million consumer and small business relationships with more than 5,800 retail banking offices and approximately 18,000 ATMs and award-winning online banking with 29 million active users.
The most recognized name in the industry, Hilton Hotels stands as the stylish, forward thinking global leader of hospitality. Today Hilton welcomes guests in more countries than any other full-service hotel brand, with more than 530 hotels and resorts in 76 countries across six continents. From inaugural balls and Hollywood award galas to business events and days to remember, Hilton is where the world makes history, closes the deal, toasts special occasions and gets away from it all.