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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

May 2017

 8th Annual Northern California Summit 

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Join us at our 8th Annual Northern California Summit on Children and Youth

For more information or to for this event register click here

 

 May 10, 2017 from  11:00 am to 7:00 pm

Richmond Community Foundation (RCF) is excited to partner once again with the West Contra Costa Unified School District to present this year's Summit on Children and Youth, which will now take place on May 10th.  The transition of our communities from economies focused on manufacturing to economies in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields has changed how we build our next generation workforce.   The benefits of this changing economy have been unevenly distributed across labor markets and the disparity has affected urban, minority communities.

This year’s summit focuses on ensuring that our communities are prepared to fill the employment opportunities that we know will be available in our region in the coming years, including health care, information and communications technology (ICT), biotech and many other vocational professions that are critical to a highly functioning society. The day will be comprised of inspiring speakers and presentations from established programs throughout the Bay Area, as well as breakout session to discuss challenges and opportunities and to share important information. 

The late afternoon and evening portion of the event will feature a college and career fair and resource village for students, teachers and parents. This fair will include workshops to build critical skills such as networking, interviewing, writing cover letters, and building your personal brand, as well as presentations from businesses, community partners and entrepreneurs, and opportunities for students and teachers to interact directly with them.

For more information or to for this event register click here  

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

May 2017

Join us at our 8th Annual Northern California Summit on Children and Youth

workforce

For more information or to for this event register click here

 

 May 10, 2017 from11:00 am to 7:00 pm

Richmond Community Foundation (RCF) is excited to partner once again with the West Contra Costa Unified School District to present this year's Summit on Children and Youth, which will now take place on May 10th.  The transition of our communities from economies focused on manufacturing to economies in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields has changed how we build our next generation workforce.   The benefits of this changing economy have been unevenly distributed across labor markets and the disparity has affected urban, minority communities.

This year’s summit focuses on ensuring that our communities are prepared to fill the employment opportunities that we know will be available in our region in the coming years, including health care, information and communications technology (ICT), biotech and many other vocational professions that are critical to a highly functioning society. The day will be comprised of inspiring speakers and presentations from established programs throughout the Bay Area, as well as breakout session to discuss challenges and opportunities and to share important information. 

The late afternoon and evening portion of the event will feature a college and career fair and resource village for students, teachers and parents. This fair will include workshops to build critical skills such as networking, interviewing, writing cover letters, and building your personal brand, as well as presentations from businesses, community partners and entrepreneurs, and opportunities for students and teachers to interact directly with them.

For more information or to for this event register click here  

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

November 2016

RCF Wins Outstanding Foundation Award!

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Richmond Community Foundation was honored to receive the Outstanding Foundation Award at the East Bay Philanthropy Awards Ceremony on Thursday, November 3rd. RCF was also thrilled that Mechanics Bank (whom we nominated!) won the award for Outstanding Corporate Philanthropist (100 to 499 employees), and applauded Richmond Community Foundation for its vision and leadership, especially with the Richmond Housing Renovation Program, financed by a social impact bond (article below).

We extend thanks to the East Bay Leadership Council and the Sanford Institute of Philanthropy for the recognition, and especially to James Brandt at Morgan Stanley Wealth Management for nominating us!

View out President and CEO's acceptance speech on RCF's Facebook page here.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

2016 Election Statement

Over the last two days, my staff and I have been thinking about and discussing the results of this week's national election. Among the many emotions expressed - shock, anger, fear for friends and family, and sadness - came the realization that our work is more important now than ever. This is because the true impact we can have is the work we do locally in our communities. This is the work that matters.

On Tuesday, November 8, 2016, we learned how important it is to realize equity for all people. "Preaching to the choir" is no longer an option for us. We need to find ways to reach across the divides that separate us and move forward together to ensure that all communities and all who live in those communities, thrive.

Working for equity and justice is not a partisan cause. Our communities are all interconnected - many of us live in the communities where we work, but the issues we work on are regional. Many of us live in one community, work in another, and commute through several more. As we in the nonprofit sector have known for many years, our communities are linked by common issues, challenges, hopes and aspirations. And we also know that we have a long way to go and a lot of hard work to do to create equitable, just and inclusive societies where all people hold the power to create and maintain just societies.

Wednesday, August 03, 2016

August 2016

Social Impact Bond Program 

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 The Richmond Housing Renovation Program is an innovative intervention to renovate abandoned and blighted properties in vulnerable neighborhoods which have experienced housing and economic divestment. The program uses social impact bonds as a funding source to purchase and renovate blighted housing stock. Once the homes are renovated, they are resold with top priority given to graduates of the First Time Homebuyer Program through SparkPoint.

Mechanics Bank purchased the entire bond series in December, 2015. The program used the bond funds to acquire and rehab its first two properties in February of 2016. We have acquired two additional properties, and are working with the probate process to acquire an additional 15 properties. We are also working with the County Tax Collector, Russell Watts, and his staff to move a number of properties to tax sale.

Friday, April 22, 2016

March/April 2016

Social Impact Bond Program

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RCF has taken the next step in the process of its social impact bond program. Local subcontractors recently walked through the properties to provide their bids on specific elements of each property, and construction on the first two properties acquired through the program started on March 21, 2016. The properties will be rehabilitated with quality materials and green products. The properties are also being evaluated for solar.

The City of Richmond also removed a barrier to property acquisition, when it approved an ordinance allowing RCF and Richmond Housing Renovation, LLC to pursue almost 30 properties through the probate process. Working in groups of 5 properties at a time, the program will seek to acquire these properties where the owner is deceased and there are no heirs, or, no heirs have stepped forward to claim and take responsibility for the property for many years.

SparkPoint Contra Costa and its partner, Community Housing Development Corporation, are preparing their clients to be ready to purchase the first two homes. 

For more information about the Social Bond Program, contact Shabnaz Yousefia at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Monday, February 01, 2016

February 2016

First Blighted Properties Set To Be Renovated

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On January 27, 2016, Richmond Community Foundation (RCF) and key partners including the City of Richmond, Mechanics Bank, SparkPoint Contra Costa, Home Depot and Turner Group Construction toured one of the first houses to be rehabbed through the Richmond Housing Renovation Program, funded by the innovative social impact bonds purchased by Mechanics Bank. Construction will begin on the first two houses in the program as soon as escrow closes.

House 1One of the first homes to be rehabbed through the Richmond Housing Renovation Program
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After this home is renovated it will be offered to graduates of the SparkPoint program at an affordable price. 
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Bonnie Koerner, Brad Thomas, Allen Fox, Pete Webb from Home Depot, Len Turner, La Tanya Hawkins and Lagon Turner, and RCF CEO Jim Becker. 

RCF will be working with Turner Group Construction, Richmond Build and Home Depot to renovate abandoned homes in Richmond. The homes will be equipped with energy-efficient appliances, dual paned windows, and other important improvements. Graduates of SparkPoint Contra Costa's First Time Homebuyers Program, which helps low-income individuals build credit to purchase a first home, will have the first opportunity to purchase these properties.

Click here to read the front page article in Contra Costa Times!

For more information about the Social Bond Program, contact Shabnaz Yousefia at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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