Founded in 2003, the Rogers Family Foundation is a private family foundation established by T. Gary and Kathleen Rogers. The Foundation primarily focuses on Oakland’s public schools where it seeks to positively transform the educational experience of students furthest from the opportunity. We envision a future in which all Oakland students have the opportunity to attend a high-quality school where inspired and effective teachers personalize learning for every student and community-based supports meet the needs of students and families. While much of our energy centers on our Oakland Education Strategy, the Foundation also selectively supports a limited number of local capital projects as well as a variety of other interests, most notably those associated with University of California – Berkeley, the University of California – San Francisco, and a limited number of Oakland community institutions.
The mission of the Rogers Family Foundation is to support organizations and pursue partnerships committed to the highest level of achievement and excellence. With a particular emphasis on transforming public education in Oakland, California, we make grants, catalyze initiatives, and champion community collaboration to ensure that all students have the opportunity to learn and achieve to their greatest potential.
Our vision is that from their first day in class through high school graduation, all Oakland students will have the opportunity to attend, achieve, and excel in high-quality schools supported by strong community partnerships. Through personalized experiences that grow their knowledge and skills, all students will succeed in college, career, community, and life.
Our success is tied to the success of Oakland’s students. Our investments in public education seek to create the conditions for achievement.
We hire smart, embrace high expectations, and trust in and build staff capacity to achieve our mission. We partner with those who do the same.
We bring humility, flexibility, and responsibility to the work and deeply value those who are closest to the social impact we seek.
We recognize that being a funder creates a power dynamic, and we work hard to build authentic, long-term trust and mutual accountability.
We seek to create a culture of accessibility, inclusion, and equality. We also value the fierce urgency of now.
We are not the experts in the room, but are positioned to help find them. We look for opportunities to make strategic connections and seek to continuously improve our knowledge and skill sets.
We take action and will take risks. We look for innovation and encourage our team and partners to “go and learn fast” so that we can sharpen our aim to align goals, strategies, and tactics.
The following principles are the fundamental, intrinsic beliefs that guide the Foundation’s work.