Q&A with Zakiya Harris, ArtsWeb’s Alameda County Business Navigator

In 2020, Community Vision partnered with SVCreates and the Kenneth Rainin Foundation to develop ArtsWeb, a new online Bay Area arts hub. In Summer 2020, we welcomed Zakiya Harris to lead ArtsWeb’s business navigation across Alameda County. Zakiya, a cultural architect, brings more than two decades of experience working at the intersections of art, activism, and spiritual entrepreneurship.

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St. Mary’s Center: Investing in Our Elders

In 2006, St. Mary’s Center Village in West Oakland took shape, first through leasing and then purchasing two properties. In 2007, Community Vision provided a $580,500 acquisition loan for a third building, increasing St. Mary’s space to more than 3,000 square feet, allowing it to scale up its services to better serve the community.

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Investing in Black Liberation: An Update from Community Vision

On June 3rd, we released a statement expressing our support for Black lives and calling for urgent and bold change from our political leaders, the financial industry, and ourselves. In that statement, we committed ourselves to supporting policy change and to reimagine and refocus our work to more intentionally support the Black community. On June…

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S.F. Mayor London Breed Announces $3.1 Million in Grants for Nonprofit Organizations

Twelve organizations awarded funding to protect and expand opportunities for youth in affordable housing and the foster system; provide multilingual support to domestic violence survivors; introduce women, girls and gender nonconforming individuals to creative industry careers; and provide essential legal services. Crossposted. Previously released by the City of San Francisco on Friday, August 7, 2020. …

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RYSE

RYSE Commons: Investing in Our Young People

Based in Richmond, RYSE emerged from the needs articulated by local youth organizers of color following the killing of four high school students in 2000. After many years of planning, the organization opened its doors in 2008, addressing the emotional, mental and political health of local young people. Since opening, RYSE has served nearly 4,000…

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Food for the People: Swift & Creative Responses Amidst COVID-19

California’s food industry is a multi-billion dollar industry that consists of many different types of businesses and organizations that grow, process, and distribute food across the state, country, and around the world. Ownership across the food system has seen decades of corporate consolidation, resulting in negative social and economic impacts. From seeds to land ownership to retail distribution, profit is the driver of our conventional food system rather than nourishing our communities. It is well documented that people most burdened by chronic health issues and lack of access to nutritious food are people of color, women, children, low-income individuals, and food system workers; not surprisingly, the same people who are being most impacted by the pandemic.

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La Clínica: Expanding Community Health in Downtown Vallejo

La Clínica de La Raza was founded in 1971 by a group of UC Berkeley students. Originally located in an East Oakland storefront, La ClÍnica has grown to be one of the largest Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) in California. As a community-based clinic, La Clínica provides culturally-appropriate, high-quality preventive and primary healthcare to everyone,…

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Black Lives Matter: It’s time to respond with urgency

Dear Community, We stand in solidarity with our communities and nation as we grieve the senseless murders of Black people by law enforcement and racist community members. Our hearts are with the loved ones of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Sean Reed, Tony McDade, Adrian Medearis, Oscar Grant, and the many others whose lives…

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Investor Spotlight: Stupski Foundation

Investor Spotlight: Stupski Foundation

We’re excited to share a new quarterly feature, Investor Highlights. In this edition, we’re proud to announce a new partner, the Stupski Foundation, who recently invested $1.5 million in Community Vision.

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BLVD MRKT: Investing in Healthy Food & Economic Development in Montebello

For more than a year and a half, Gentefy engaged the community, including connecting with local elected officials, business owners, and by hosting roundtable discussions. After connecting with more than 250 people of various ages and ethnic backgrounds, it became clear that the community wanted places to go that create an experience; something more than just sitting down and eating.

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