Sharing the Credit

Thanks for the congrats and support following the recent SF Chronicle profile as a 2011 Changemaker (Nonprofits Work for Social Justice, Not for Credit, July 3). I wanted to make sure that we recognize certain community partners, so I sent the following note to the Chronicle:

“I am honored to be included the company of the fantastic Bay Area leaders considered to be  ‘Making A Difference.’ But of course we don’t accomplish anything singlehandedly. Out of respect to the Foundation’s benefactors and community partners, I’d like to clarify a few points.

The Kapor Foundation annually makes $2 million in grants to nonprofits working in one of these three issue areas: a democratic green economy, civic engagement, and the College Bound Brotherhood, which was the focus of the Chronicle profile (we also make another $2.2 million in grants for math and science education, workplace inclusion, and larger equity work).

David Thomas, the graduate mentioned in the article, is a participant in the Young Scholars Program, one of the 15 organizations which the Kapor Foundation has supported through the College Bound Brotherhood grantmaking. It is through their hard work that students like David get the preparation they need to succeed in college.

All of our work would not be possible without the support and guidance of Mitch and Freada Kapor, who are entrepreneurs, philanthropists, and activists. I am grateful to them, our staff, and our larger nonprofit community partners; together, we’re working for equality and justice for all.”

(Above photo by Lacy Atkins, SF Chronicle. See the entire Changemakers 2011 video here. Thanks to Ms. Regina Jackson and the summer staff of the East Oakland Youth Development Center, where the photos were taken.)

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