For the past twelve years, the Rogers Family Foundation has supported select capital projects focused on improving educational and experiential opportunities for Oakland/Bay Area students as well as the community at large. After much thoughtful consideration and review of our past and projected future grantmaking priorities, we have decided to no longer accept requests for new capital projects. We will fulfill commitments already made for existing capital projects.
Highlights of previous investments are provided below.
Lighthouse Community Charter School prepares a diverse, kindergarten to 12th grade student population for college and the career of their choice by equipping each child with the skills, knowledge, and tools to become a self-motivated, competent lifelong learner. In 2003, the Rogers Family Foundation began to work closely with Lighthouse to overcome a common challenge for charter schools—adequate, long-term facilities. These conversations resulted in a commitment from the Foundation to secure a site for the school and the construction of a modern, state-of-the-art facility that would allow Lighthouse to expand and flourish. The school campus houses all 750 kindergarten through 12th grade students in a bright, friendly, and flexible space that also includes a creative design lab, a library, outdoor play space, and administrative offices. Year over year, Lighthouse excels in its mission and continues to be one of the highest quality school options in Oakland. The Foundation views this collaboration as an example of what is possible when a high-caliber, effective charter school has access to permanent facilities. Visit the Lighthouse Community Charter School website to learn more.
The East Oakland Youth Development Center (EOYDC) is dedicated to developing the social and leadership capabilities of youth and young adults, so they are prepared for employment, higher education, and leadership opportunities. Since 1978, EOYDC has been a safe haven and a welcome presence for at-risk young people in the Elmhurst district of East Oakland. Five days a week, EOYDC offers free, comprehensive, research-based youth development programs and services to meet the emotional, physical, intellectual, creative, and economic needs of its participants. The recently completed capital campaign transformed EOYDC’s physical space into a state-of-the-art facility that includes a dance studio, computer lab, full-sized basketball court, demonstration kitchen, art studio, classroom space, and administrative offices. Visit the East Oakland Youth Development Center website to learn more.
Vincent Academy is a charter elementary school located in West Oakland. The school is grounded in the essential belief that every child deserves a great education, and with adequate support, every child can succeed in school. Vincent focuses on creating an environment that is safe, joyful, academically rigorous, and community minded where children can develop their innate talents and skills, learn about the complex world around them, and receive the support necessary to truly thrive. The Rogers Family Foundation funds supported the building of a new 21,000 square foot school facility with adequate space to accommodate 350 students. The space includes 17 classrooms, office and specialist space, a conference room, a staff room, a multipurpose room, a server room, a library, and an art room. Visit Vincent Academy’s website to learn more.
Located on 100 acres in southeast Oakland, the Oakland Zoo is committed to inspiring respect for and stewardship of the natural world through quality visitor experiences as well as a focus on conservation and education. As part of its 1996 Master Plan, the Oakland Zoo is embarking on a new project, the California Trail, which will engage visitors in the exploration of California’s natural past, present, and future. Once complete, the Trail will include an electronic gondola that will allow for panoramic views of the San Francisco Bay Area, bison and tule elk exhibits, and additional exhibits featuring bald eagles, gray wolves, California condors, grizzly bears, mountain lions, and black bears. In addition, the Trail will have a children’s activity zone, interpretive center, overlook feature, and ecological recovery zone. Students and families will be able to engage in education activities through an Outdoor Overnight Experience program. Visit the Oakland Zoo’s California Trail website to learn more.
UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland (formerly Children’s Hospital and Research Center Foundation), the oldest pediatric medical center between Los Angeles and Seattle, has provided exceptional medical care for children in the region and beyond for 95 years. The hospital medical team recognizes that children’s medical needs are vastly different from those of adults and, therefore, has designed its healthcare especially for children. Through the hospital, families have access to over 30 pediatric subspecialties, an American College of Surgeons verified Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center, and pediatricians on the “Best Doctors in America” list. Funds from the Rogers Family Foundation support the hospital’s capital campaign. Visit the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland website to learn more.