Racial Justice

Silicon Valley Community Foundation is committed to amplifying and building the capacity of Black-led Organizations (BLOs) and the voices of their leaders. Unconscious bias and structural racism mean that BLOs have less access to capital and capacity strengthening support, a disparity that is only exacerbated by COVID-19. We are keen to provide you – our partners – with a list of BLOs that will help you learn more about these organizations and support them and their leaders so that they can have a greater impact on the communities they serve.

For the purposes of this list, we have defined BLOs as organizations that are led by Black CEOs or Executive Directors. We have also highlighted organizations that are based in San Mateo County or Santa Clara County and are 501c3s or are fiscally sponsored. We believe it is critical to support the Black leaders of our local nonprofits, and the incredible work they and their organizations are doing in our region. We also humbly acknowledge that this list and how we have defined BLOs do not fully recognize the breadth of valuable work done to support our local Black communities, but propose that this is only the beginning of our conversation focusing on racial injustice in philanthropy and society at large.

Coming soon: In December SVCF will be part of an exciting announcement about funding Black-led organizations throughout California. Please check back for details.

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A Black Education Network (ABEN)

Santa Clara County

ABEN assists children and youth in reaching their full potential by facilitating academic and cultural excellence wherever they are, using culturally informed research, technology, visionary parent education and networking in our communities here and in diaspora contexts. ABEN works with partners who are committed to moving toward the provision of African-centered education.

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African American Community Service Agency (A.A.C.S.A)

Santa Clara County

A.A.C.S.A. preserves the dignity and culture of a diverse African American Community and provides services that promote full participation of all of Santa Clara County. A.A.C.S.A provides quality educational, cultural, social and recreational programs, services and activities in order to perpetuate and strengthen African American identity, culture, values, traditions, knowledge and family life.

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African American Cultural Center of Silicon Valley

Santa Clara County

The Cultural Center Project is a joint venture between A.A.C.S.A. and the Antioch Housing and Economic Development Corporation, (A.H.E.D.C.), of Antioch Baptist Church. The Cultural Center serves as a hub for people celebrating and experiencing the on-going contributions of African Americans - in music, theater, dance, science, athletics, business and many other aspects of American life.

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African Community Health Institute (ACHI)

Santa Clara County

ACHI is a volunteer-based organization that promotes health and eliminates health disparities. ACHI's primary goal is to address the unmet social, emotional, and physical health needs of vulnerable African Immigrants and Refugee communities. ACHI embodies a philosophy of community-building across cultures to build both individual and group identity.

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African Diaspora Network (ADN)

Santa Clara County

ADN is a membership organization that harnesses and engages the intellectual, financial, philanthropic and entrepreneurial capacity of Africans and friends of Africa in support of economic and social development across Africa. Since 2010, the ADN has energized collaboration among Silicon Valley entrepreneurs, philanthropists and the African diaspora to uplift its local community towards the benefit of Africa.

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Akoma Arts

Santa Clara County

Akoma Arts is a multi-ethnic group of musicians, singers, dancers and visual artists and helps bring together the various South Bay communities through performance. They take their audiences through several stages of the African and African American experience by utilizing African American and Praise songs and African American Folk Songs and Spirituals.

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American Council of Teachers Inc. (ACT Inc.)

San Mateo County

ACT Inc. connects struggling students to community teachers. They focus on at-risk students by using a council of community-based teachers to teach and mentor them. Some of their services include Saturday School, low-cost individual and small group tutoring, equity services for significantly disproportionate districts, and remote online tutoring.

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Bay Area Community Health Advisory Council (BACHAC), formerly known as the African American Community Health Advisory Committee (AACHAC)

San Mateo County

BACHAC eliminates health disparities through innovative models of health education and services across diverse communities. BACHAC's programs and seminars offer comprehensive health information from respected and experienced professionals. Their affiliation with Mills-Peninsula Health Services gives them new ways to meet the needs of thousands around the Bay Area.

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Belle Haven Community Development Fund

San Mateo County

The Belle Haven Community Development Fund engages the Belle Haven Community to foster sustainable community development. Their primary activities include the Belle Haven mini grant program in partnership with the City of Menlo Park, youth support in partnership with Onetta Harris Community Center, the Belle Haven Sponsored Employment Program.

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Black Leadership Kitchen Cabinet (BLKC)

Santa Clara County

BLKC addresses broad social ills that impact the African American Community. The BLKC is made up of over 50 community-based organizations, agencies, churches, businesses, social groups, individuals and community members that work to enhance the African American community's health, education, business opportunities, promotional advancement and cultural diversity.

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Black Technologies Advancement (BTA)

Santa Clara County

BTA is a non-profit research and educational Institute that promotes scientific research and technology development in order to promote economic security and growth for the black community.

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Boys and Girls Clubs of North San Mateo County

San Mateo County

Boys & Girls Clubs of North San Mateo County ensures that every youth who walk through their doors will achieve academic success. The Boys & Girls Club helps young people develop a plan that facilitates the continuation of their academic growth in a post-secondary education setting and in today's rapidly evolving workforce.

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CASA of San Mateo

San Mateo County

CASA of San Mateo County ensures that all abused and neglected children under the protection of the court have a consistent, caring adult who speaks on their behalf and helps them reach their full potential. CASA pairs children in the foster care and juvenile justice systems with community volunteers who provide one-on-one support, mentoring and advocacy in the courtroom and beyond.

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Coalition of Black Excellence (CBE)

San Mateo County

CBE highlights the Black community through professional development, community engagement and economic empowerment. Their panels and week-long gatherings highlight excellence in the Black community and bring together talented Black professionals across different sectors to exchange ideas and opportunities, and strategically talk about advancing the Black community.

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Community Overcoming Relationship Abuse (CORA)

San Mateo County

CORA provides safety, support and healing for those affected by intimate partner abuse. CORA's programs include intimate partner abuse awareness, crisis intervention, family support, legal services, and outreach to creative a thriving network and community. It is the only agency in San Mateo County solely dedicated to helping those affected by intimate partner abuse.

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East Palo Alto Center for Community Media (formerly East Palo Alto Today) -

San Mateo County

EPA Center for Community Media furthers the vision of an East Palo Alto that is informed, connected, involved, secure and empowered. The center provides residents of East Palo Alto and the Belle Haven section of Menlo Park with news and information affecting their communities by publishing East Palo Alto Today and producing the Talking with Henrietta television show.

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Ecumenical Hunger Program (EHP)

San Mateo County

EHP provides compassionate, dignified and practical assistance to families and individuals experiencing economic and personal hardship. They offer material help, support services, and advocacy in the form of Emergency Food Assistance, Children's Resource Center, Client Support, and the Provision of Home Essentials.

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Elysian Fields Transformational Community (EFTC)

Santa Clara County

EFTC reconnects Veterans with the community through mental health, outreach and follow-up services. They assist underserved populations with housing, rental and utility assistance, living necessities, Trauma Recovery Services (TRS) Pilot Program for veterans and their children, and case management to track the Individualized success plans for their clients.

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EPACENTER

San Mateo County

As a creative youth development organization, EPACENTER increases opportunities for East Palo Alto youth to amplify their talents, realize their potential, and impact their world through art and design. EPACENTER engages youth, ages 12 - 25, in creative processes to develop their intrinsic voices, and the creative, critical thinking and socio-emotional skills they need to success.

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Eritrean Community in Santa Clara

Santa Clara County

The Eritrean Community center meets the needs of the Eritrean immigrants and their families through a wide range of services and programs designed to enhance the quality of life of families and individuals in the community. They do this by partnering and collaborating with other organizations and agencies to provide educational, social, and cultural workshops and seminars.

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Ethiopian Community Services, Inc. (ECS)

Santa Clara County

ECS enhances the quality of life of the Ethiopian community, promoting cultural preservation and unity, social, economic and political integration, the facilitation of a platform advancing healthcare, education, immigration and advocacy and connect the community with resources that support economic development and empowerment.

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Free at Last

San Mateo County

Free at Last provides community recovery and rehabilitation services for addicts seeking recovery. They provide drug and alcohol treatment services, transitional housing for individuals recently released from the criminal justice system, DUI Prevention services, community outreach and education as well as job training.

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Fresh Lifeline for Youth (FLY)

Santa Clara County

FLY prevents juvenile crime and incarceration through legal education, leadership training, and one-on-one mentoring, thereby breaking the cycle of violence, crime, and incarceration of teens. They provide legal education, leadership training, and one-one-one mentoring for youth involved in the juvenile justice system, and those most at risk.

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Friends of African Village Libraries (FAVL)

Santa Clara County

FAVL assists the rural poor of Africa with the creation of village libraries. They work closely with the communities in which the libraries are established and run summer reading camps and other reading programs. In addition, they produce micro-books appropriate for village readers and sponsor librarian training, thereby empowering locals with skilled employment.

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Girls to Women

San Mateo County

Girls to Women partners with Mid-Peninsula families, other local youth development agencies, and local schools to provide year-round programming which supports the healthy development of low-income girls and young women ages 6 to 25. At the core of their youth development approach is respect for the abilities, knowledge and potential of each girl they serve.

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Goodwill of San Francisco, San Mateo and Marin

San Mateo County

Goodwill breaks the cycle of poverty through the power of work. Their training and career pathways provide a bridge to employment for thousands of people struggling to build workforce skills, confidence and self-sufficiency.

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Greene Scholars

Santa Clara County

The Greene Scholars Program builds STEM confidence and competence in youth of African ancestry in the heart of Silicon Valley. Their hands-on enrichment in science and math cultivates diversity in STEM careers through monthly STEM workshops, science fairs, parent engagement programming, and week-long summer camps for youth in 3rd - 12th grades of African ancestry.

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Hagar Services Coalition

San Mateo County

Hagar Services Coalition provides programming for new and emerging leaders to find their voice and create positive solutions for their communities. They offer training on civic engagement and leadership in order to provide fresh perspectives and bold new strategies to advocate for change and create an inspiring vision of the future.

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Home and Hope

San Mateo County

Home and Hope provides homeless families in San Mateo County with a safe haven, helping them re-establish long-term self-sufficiency. Each year they offer over 5,000 shelter bed nights and 15,000 meals to homeless families. More than 50% of their families have returned to permanent housing directly from their emergency shelter program.

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Ivy and Pearls Foundation

Santa Clara County

Ivy and Pearls Foundation serves communities of color with a special focus on women and girls. They improve quality of life by promoting health and wellness, academic excellence, economic empowerment, civic engagement, arts appreciation, and environmental and social justice.

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Karat School Project

Santa Clara County

Karat School Project supports early and quality education for children in the Ivory Coast. They give children in extreme poverty the opportunity to reach their true potential and provide urgently needed necessities including nutritional meals to enable students and their families to focus on learning.

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Lauren's House 4 Positive Change

San Mateo County

Lauren's House provides a safe place for at-risk, low-income children, youth and families. They provide summer and tutoring programs, enrichment activities, a prison ministry to the incarcerated and their families, and programs providing health meals, thereby preparing young people for success.

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Leadership Incorporated

San Mateo County

Leadership Incorporated provides training, technical assistance and consultation services to build capacity for social change in communities of color and other justice-seeking communities. They envision a world where resident leaders and community organizations are able to build stable and empowered communities of color and a just society.

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Mid-Peninsula Boys & Girls Club (MPBGC)

San Mateo County

MPBGC inspires and enables all young people, especially those most in need, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens. Their belief is that a committed investment in young people will shape the future for the better. Their programming has recently pivoted in light of COVID-19 to a Virtual Club, a weekly program that engages members remotely.

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Mural Music and Arts Project (MMAP)

San Mateo County

MMAP educates, empowers, and inspires youth through the arts by offering year-round, youth development programs in East Palo Alto and in San Francisco. MMAP employs local teens to design and create a mural for every school in the local school district. Since its inception, MMAP's youth artists have researched, planned, and installed a public arts legacy.

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National Coalition for 100 Black Women, Silicon Valley Chapter

Santa Clara County

The National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. advocates on behalf of black women and girls to promote leadership development and gender equity in the areas of health, education and economic empowerment.

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ODOS Synergy Services

Santa Clara County

ODOS Synergy Services holds space for women entrepreneurs to grow and succeed. Their programs and activities are designed to be a catalyst that helps community members reach their goals and fulfill their potential.

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PARTI Program

Santa Clara County

Positive Alternative Recreation Teambuilding Impact (PARTI) Program supports African American and students of color with socio-emotional youth development, promotes safety and equity, and stops bullies and violence. PARTI connects youth with leadership classes and volunteer opportunities that focus on addressing core youth issues to boost self-esteem and increase connections with caring adults.

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Peninsula Family Connections

San Mateo County

Peninsula Family Connections creates the highest quality family learning community so underserved children and parents together become the drivers of their own success. They provide a family learning community for under-served families with young children, from birth through 5th grade, which provides parent participatory learning strategies, parent education, case management, mental health services and resources and referrals.

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People Acting in Community Together (PACT)

Santa Clara County

PACT supports economic and racial justice for marginalized people in Santa Clara County. They have more than 20 member congregations, and train and develop leaders in grassroots organizing. Leaders work with vulnerable community members, majority low income and people of color, to create or amend policies, in order to create more just communities.

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Project We Hope

San Mateo County

Project We Hope helps communities become healthy, employed and housed through laundry and shelter services, a 55-bed shelter in East Palo Alto, their Dignity on Wheels initiative, and safe parking provided to individuals and families living in RVs. Project We Hope collaborates with strategic partners to provide food, job training, life skills classes, programs for the formerly incarcerated.

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Razing the Bar

Santa Clara County

Razing the Bar provides comprehensive mentorship and housing support services to current and former foster youth, as well as other under resourced youth populations. They believe that coupling high expectations with increased support systems will afford the greatest chance of personal success.

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Retraining the Village

Santa Clara County

Retraining the Village assists those who are transitioning out of homelessness, incarceration, and financial hardship. They offer a hand up from the transition of public shelters into a smaller community of housing and support employment, permanent housing and family reunification, and preparation for independence.

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Roots Community Health Center

Santa Clara County

Roots Community Health Center uplifts those impacted by systemic inequities and poverty. They provide medical and behavioral health care, health navigation, workforce enterprises, housing, outreach, and advocacy. They also run initiatives that aim to increase job readiness, employability, job retention, and less reliance on "the system."

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San Jose/Silicon Valley NAACP

Santa Clara County

The mission of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is to secure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights in order to eliminate race-based discrimination and ensure the health and well-being of all persons. This NAACP chapter seeks to focus efforts on health, education, access to business development, and advocacy.

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San Mateo NAACP

San Mateo County

San Mateo NAACP's mission is to secure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights in order to eliminate race-based discrimination and ensure the health and well-being of all persons. It builds the capacity of African Americans and other marginalized groups through financial education, asset building, diversity hiring and monitoring banking practices.

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Silicon Valley African Film Festival

Santa Clara County

The Silicon Valley African Film Festival promotes an understanding and appreciation of Africa and Africans through moving images. The film festival celebrates the vast richness of the African Continent through the lenses of Africa's seasoned and emerging filmmakers.

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Silicon Valley Black Chamber of Commerce (SVBCC)

Santa Clara County

SVBCC provides training and economic development services in order to increase the number of successful small businesses, especially minority & African American businesses, in Silicon Valley, while developing a pipeline of future entrepreneurs through better education and training.

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Streetcode Academy

San Mateo County

Streetcode Academy empowers communities of color with the skills, mindsets, and networks to use tech and innovation to meet their full potential, preparing the next generation for the tech industry. They provide free technology classes in coding, entrepreneurship and design to over 3,500 students in Silicon Valley, and provide free laptops through their "Level Up Initiative."

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Tabia African American Theatre Ensemble, San Jose Multicultural Artists Guild (SJMAG)

Santa Clara County

SJMAG serves communities through arts programming reflective of the experiences of African Americans, women and Chicano/Latinos. Their programming includes performances by Tabia African American Theatre Ensemble, their Community Arts program, and an Arts Education program which offers multicultural arts education activities, promoting racial and cultural diversity.

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Today's Youth Matter (TYM)

Santa Clara County

TYM changes the life trajectory of at-risk youth. They guide students through year-round programming and mentoring, which includes 26 years of camp, and more than 10,000 students. TYM takes a holistic approach that includes facets of educational pathways, character building, leadership development, spiritual formation and family interaction.

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Ujima Adult and Family Services, Inc.

Santa Clara County

Ujima Adult and Family Services provides culturally proficient mental health services to African youth, their families, and adults. Their case management services are provided in the home and are available on a 24-hour basis. They also refer clients to community resources to support academic success and to allow clients to remain at home with their families.

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Unity Care

San Mateo County, Santa Clara County

Unity Care Group provides quality youth and family programs for the purpose of creating healthier communities through lifelong partnerships. They provide safe, secure, and positive living environments, educate and support underserved youth, and prepare young people to pursue professions in which minorities are chronically underrepresented.

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Youth Utilizing Power and Praise Organization (YUPP)

Santa Clara County

YUPP enhances culture through music, dance, drama, fine arts, public speaking, and sports. Programs include mentoring, addressing mental health, and the Breaking the Barriers performing arts group, which is a recording, traveling and performing arts development haven for youth. Their "Heart Powered Hands" program distributes toys and feeds homeless children.

 
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