Season 14 Nonprofit Partners

Rubicon Programs (Ray Kelly and Al Sharpton)
Rosie the Riveter Trust (Alison Levine)
The Foundations of the Contra Costa Community College District (Governor Jeb Bush)
Boys and Girls Club of Contra Costa (Greg Gumbel and Sugar Ray Leonard)
Contra Costa Family Justice Center (Jennifer Granholm)
Center REPertory Company (Capitol Steps) (The Capitol Steps)
Eugene O’Neill Foundation, Tao House (Jeffrey Toobin)
Jewish Family and Community Services of the East Bay (John Leguizamo)


Rubicon Programs

Rubicon Programs transforms East Bay communities by equipping people to break the cycle of poverty. We do this by empowering people to develop the economic mobility they need to move up the ladder of prosperity.

We believe that no one service is enough to end intergenerational poverty. People are complicated. They can’t be reduced to the least common denominator. That’s why we provide each of our participants with up to three years of coaching and opportunities across our four core service areas: income, assets, wellness, and connections.

Our programs touch upon every aspect of our participants’ lives. First, we connect them with good jobs so that they can pay the bills. Then, we provide them with the resources they need to map a long-term career plan. We also show our participants how to grow their savings, build their credit, set a budget, invest their assets, and overcome legal barriers.

But we don’t stop with these simple economic solutions. Poverty often has root causes that are frequently overlooked, like mental health challenges or a lack of access to traditional social networks. That’s why we provide our participants with individualized counseling, services, and referrals to improve our participants’ emotional and physical health. We also help them forge new relationships, improve their parenting skills and establish the community networks they need to build a career, raise a family, and advocate for their interests.

This holistic, flexible approach allows us to end poverty permanently for more than 1,300 people each year. We don’t just put a Band-Aid on poverty, we end it.

Help us build an East Bay without poverty. Visit www.rubiconprograms.org today.


Rosie the Riveter Trust

Rosie the Riveter Trust is the official nonprofit partner supporting the Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historical Park in Richmond California, which is the national site chosen by the National Park Service to tell the Rosie the Riveter Home Front story. Established in 2000, the Trust drove formation of the park’s many facets, including preservation of important historic sites. Since then it has raised funding for urgent work to capture and re-tell the stories of home front workers, collaborating with the National Park Service to develop programs intended to inspire thousands of visitors annually with the “We Can Do It” spirit that energized the World War II Home Front and transformed American society.

Trust support also provides bus transportation for more than 1200 fourth graders to visit the park each year and take a healthy one mile hike on the Bay Trail in order to understand how people in WWII came together to overcome the daunting global challenges. Other Rosie the Riveter Trust programs empower at-risk teen girls through hands-on trades learning and introduction to multi-faceted career options, bring thousands of new visitors to the park, and provide educational materials, films, access to oral history, artifact and research collections, and an opportunity to view restored historic buildings such as the Kaiser Maritime Child Development Center, where, among other innovations, healthcare and early childhood education were developed for the families of wartime workers.


The Foundations of the Contra Costa Community College District

Since 1949, the Contra Costa Community College District (4CD) has been a pillar of our community, providing exemplary educational services to generations of Contra Costa County residents. Our District consists of Contra Costa College, Diablo Valley College, Los Medanos College, San Ramon Campus, and Brentwood Center, where together we serve over 50,000 students annually. Your community college District is passionately committed to our students’ success, directly preparing each student to achieve their unique educational dreams at an affordable cost and in a supportive environment.

Today, more than ever, our students need additional financial resources in order to stay in school and complete these educational dreams. We are proud to partner with the 4CD Foundations to secure and steward additional financial contributions that meet our students’ financial needs.

The Contra Costa College, Diablo Valley College, and Los Medanos College Foundations are each vibrant, mission-driven non-profit organizations, focused on connecting community members to educational opportunities for our students. Thanks to generous support from individual, corporate and private foundation donors, the 4CD Foundations provided more than $1.2M in 2016 for student scholarships, and for programs designed specifically to support and champion student success.

Every day, we are privileged to watch student lives be transformed through the opportunities provided to them by generous people like you. We hope you will include your local college Foundation in your 2018 philanthropic plan. To learn more, please visit https://www.contracosta.edu/about/contra-costa-college-foundation/


Boys and Girls Club of Contra Costa

Boys & Girls Clubs of Contra Costa is a premiere youth development organization dedicated to ensuring young people in our communities have opportunities to realize their dreams of success as adults.

Our mission is to inspire and enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, and responsible citizens. We offer afterschool and summer programs for youth ages 6-18 in six core areas including:

  • Education and career development
  • Arts and cultural enrichment
  • Character and leadership
  • Health and wellness
  • Sports and recreation
  • Technology

All our programs promote and enhance positive youth development, particularly relating to three priority outcomes: academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. For more information visit www.bgccontracosta.org.


Contra Costa Family Justice Center

The Family Justice Center (the “Center”) is a warm and welcoming one-stop center for children, youth and adults affected by domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse, elder abuse and human trafficking. By locating many service providers in one place, the Center helps people in crisis to find hope, safety, and healing through a single door. When families are free from violence, our whole community is healthier and safer.

When survivors of family violence seek help, they are often frustrated by a fractured system. They may have to travel to multiple locations to access law enforcement, legal and social services. They will have to re-live personal traumas as they tell their story repeatedly. For clients to come to just one location is faster, far less expensive, and help is more immediate. Clients can access a broad spectrum of essential services during each visit when multiple partners are on-site.

Putting many agencies in one place not only promotes efficiency, but also improves the quality of services. Working face-to-face in the same location allows agencies to serve and advocate for clients quickly and directly; eliminates redundancies; and improves coordination.

The Center’s programs and services fall under three categories: crisis support, long term safety, and community building. Clients often arrive at our doors in crisis following a violent event, and crisis support services focus on meeting their immediate needs for safety. Each client works with a Navigator, a single and trusted point of contact who guides and connects them with all the services they need.

After addressing their crisis, Navigators work with clients to make long-term safety plans and connect them with services to enhance their life skills, well-being, and long-term self-sufficiency, to ensure they will have the resources to live free of violence.

Community building programs include summer and winter day camps for children; the Community Fellows program, a leadership development program for survivors of violence; Project Connect, a community circle designed to increase community awareness; and the Family Justice Institute, which offers workshops and trainings for service providers and the community.


Center REPertory Company (Capitol Steps)

Center REP is the resident professional theatre company of the Lesher Center for the Arts, now celebrating its 50th Anniversary of providing high quality theatre to the Bay Area. Our season consists of six productions a year – musicals, dramas and comedies, both classic and contemporary, that continually strive to reach new levels of artistic excellence and professional standards.

Our mission is to celebrate the power of the human imagination by producing emotionally engaging, intellectually involving, and visually astonishing live theatre, and through Outreach and Education programs, to enrich and advance the cultural life of the communities we serve.

We also offer Young REP, a summer intensive training program for young people. Now in its 45th year, many of its graduates are now working on Broadway and around the country. Center REP has been honored with many awards and accolades over its long history, including many Shellie, TBA and BATCC Awards. Our recent World Premiere musical, Real Housewives of Walnut Creek, developed in partnership with DRAA, enjoyed a successful commercial run in LA after its premiere here at the Lesher Center.

We are very proud and honored to have the opportunity to produce professional theatre for our community in the beautiful Lesher Center for the Arts.


Eugene O’Neill Foundation, Tao House

The Eugene O’Neill Foundation, Tao House is a non-profit organization that partners with the National Park Service in preserving the legacy of the playwright Eugene O’Neill.

At Tao House, in the hills above Danville, O’Neill wrote his greatest plays. O’Neill won four Pulitzer Prizes for Drama, more than any other playwright, and he is the only American dramatist to have won the Nobel Prize for Literature. O’Neill is still a hot ticket on Broadway. Last year Jessica Lange won a Tony for her performance as Mary Tyrone in “Long Day’s Journey into Night,” and next year Denzel Washington will portray Hickey in a Broadway production of “The Iceman Cometh.”

Throughout the year the Eugene O’Neill Foundation presents plays by O’Neill and other great playwrights. During the month-long Festival each September, visitors can see two plays, hike to Tao House, and participate in other activities. Next year the Eugene O’Neill Foundation will partner with a new Eugene O’Neill Festival of Theatre in New Ross, Ireland, where O’Neill’s family came from. The close partnership is summed up in the slogan, “One Festival, Two Countries.”

The Eugene O’Neill Foundation also offers free drama and arts education to area high school students. The O’Neill Studio Retreat, an intensive 10-day program in the summer, offers teens an opportunity to write, workshop, and perform short plays under the guidance of distinguished writers, directors, and actors. This is made possible by the generous support of the Foundation’s donors, particularly the Dean and Margaret Lesher Foundation.

The Eugene O’Neill Foundation Artist in Residence program provides a working retreat for playwrights, scholars, and critics. The Fellows have access to the Foundation’s archive of original O’Neill materials, the largest such collection on the West Coast.

Tao House and the Eugene O’ Neill Historic Site are operated by the National Park Service, which
provides tours of the historic home and property. 925.838.0249. To learn more about the Eugene O’Neill Foundation, Tao House, visit the Foundation’s website: www.eugeneoneill.org


Jewish Family & Community Services East Bay

Rooted in Jewish values and historical experiences, and inspired by the strengths of the diverse communities we serve, JFCS East Bay promotes the well-being of individuals and families by providing essential mental health and social services through every stage of life. JFCS East Bay was founded in 1877 as the Daughters of Israel Relief Society, with a focus on helping vulnerable women, children, and community members. Early on in our history, we developed expertise in resettling refugees in the East Bay: Jews coming from Eastern Europe in the late nineteenth century, earthquake survivors coming across the bay from San Francisco in 1906, Jews escaping Nazi Germany in the 1930s, Holocaust survivors after the war, and Jews fleeing anti-Semitism in the former Soviet Union during the 1970s, 80s, and 90s.

In the mid-1990s, the agency—by this time named Jewish Family Services of the Greater East Bay—became independent from the Jewish Federation of the East Bay and began expanding our services. We developed extensive programs for young children and their parents, precipitating another name change to Jewish Family & Children’s Services of the East Bay. We also expanded programs for older adults and their families and created specific programs for Holocaust survivors. As the wave of Russian Jewish emigration subsided, we began to apply our refugee resettlement expertise to others fleeing religious and ethnic persecution in Afghanistan, Iran, Bosnia, and elsewhere.

In 2015, we changed our name once again to fully embrace the depth and breadth of our diverse services supporting our multicultural community. As Jewish Family & Community Services East Bay, we are proud to serve and support Alameda and Contra Costa county residents of all ages, races, and religions.

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