Grant Overview

Granting to organizations that support and educate students in Oakland

The Rogers Family Foundation funds organizations working in the priority areas identified in our Oakland Education Strategy. In general, prospective grantees are contacted by our team in preparation to apply for either our spring or fall grant cycles. At this time, we do not accept unsolicited proposals.

Although we support programs at the University of California, San Francisco and the University of California, Berkeley, our competitive grantmaking process is only for Oakland education grantees.

Organizations that have never worked with the Rogers Family Foundation should review the information below that outlines our eligibility requirements and the types of grants we make, as well as our general application process.

Geographic and Programmatic Focus

The Rogers Family Foundation only makes grants that help to support and educate students in Oakland, California and align with our Oakland Education Strategy.

Eligibility

All eligible grant applicants must be tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service Code and not classified as a private foundation under section 509(a) of the Code. Potential grantees can also submit applications through a sponsoring organization if the sponsor has 501(c)(3) status, is not a private foundation under section 509(a), and provides confirmation of its willingness to act as the fiscal sponsor.

Focus on Low-Income Students

It is central to the mission of the Rogers Family Foundation that most of our funds go towards meeting the needs of low-income students. We believe that every child, no matter what neighborhood he or she lives in, has the right to a quality public education. Through our grantmaking and community initiatives, we hope to help eliminate achievement gaps that currently exist along socioeconomic lines in our city.

Types of Grants

The Rogers Family Foundation makes program or project, operating, and capacity-building grants to charter management organizations and non-profit organizations whose work aligns with our Oakland Education Strategy. We do not consider funding requests for:

  • Scholarship funds for individuals
  • Reserve funds
  • Political campaigns or lobbying efforts
  • One-day or short-term events
  • Fundraising events
  • Programs, projects, schools, and organizations that do not work with youth in the city of Oakland, California