The Rogers Family Foundation works with many community organizations in our efforts to achieve our mission. The following organizations are just a few of the numerous partners whom we are honored to support.
The Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) operates 83 schools that serve over 36,000 students. The Rogers Family Foundation partners with the Board of Education, Superintendent Antwan Wilson and his leadership team, individual schools, and school staff to promote quality schools for Oakland students and their families.
The East Bay Community Foundation (EBCF) has been a key philanthropic and strategic partner to the Rogers Family Foundation since our inception. EBCF engages the local philanthropic community to support Oakland public schools and find community solutions to the challenges facing Oakland public education. EBCF has also been an invaluable thought partner in the convening, planning, and implementation of the Oakland Literacy Coalition.
Launched in 2008, the Oakland Literacy Coalition (OLC) comprises a collaboration of literacy service providers, foundations, businesses, public agencies, the Oakland Unified School District, and other community partners committed to the goal of equipping, at a proficient level, all Oakland children with the life skills of reading, writing, and communication by the end of third grade. The OLC galvanizes organizations and stakeholders around a shared vision of a citywide network of high-quality early literacy resources that are accessible, collaborative, integrated, and well supported.
The Oakland Public Education Fund (the Ed Fund) leads the development and investment of community resources in Oakland public schools so that all students can learn, grow, and thrive. The Ed Fund stands out for its high quality of service in securing and managing resources, and providing expert operational and fundraising services in support of Oakland public schools. Since 2003, the Ed Fund has helped schools raise more than $25 million for essential programs that primarily serve Oakland’s most disadvantaged students and families.
Founded in 2009, GO Public Schools Oakland (GO) supports a coalition of Oakland families, students, teachers, principals, community, and civic leaders united around a positive, student-centered vision for public education in Oakland. GO provides leadership, advocacy, and information to continue the successful education reforms in Oakland, further empower Oaklanders to influence education policy, and ensure that all students have access to quality school options in their neighborhood and throughout the city.
Lighthouse Community Charter Schools are dedicated to preparing students for college or a career of their choice by equipping each child and youth with the skills, knowledge, and tools to be a self-motivated, competent, lifelong learner. Since the founding of its first school in 2002, Lighthouse has demonstrably made an impact on student lives. With college and life success as their ultimate goal, 95 percent of Lighthouse graduates gain acceptance to four-year colleges or universities, and of those students, 90 percent will be the first in their families to attend college. Due in part to the success of its first school, Lighthouse is moving forward with plans to replicate its education model to serve students furthest from opportunity by adding two new campuses over the next five years.
Founded in 2015 as a spinoff from the NewSchools Venture Fund, Educate78 exists to ensure that every student, in all 78 square miles of Oakland, has access to world-class public schools. Educate 78 serves as a critical partner through their informed giving for quality schools development and in operating a school design lab, which provides tools, technical assistance, training, and coaching to both new charter school developers as well as district redesign teams.