Priscilla Chan: Today, I am excited to share the first grantees of the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative’s Community Fund.
The Bay Area has been Mark and my home for the past decade. We love the Bay Area and we want to make it a place where individuals from all backgrounds can thrive. We’ve been fortunate to work firsthand with so many incredible organizations and community leaders – a commitment we’ve been able to build on since founding CZI. The grants we are announcing today support 41 Bay Area organizations doing innovative, inspiring work to strengthen their communities, taking on some of the most pressing issues facing residents in Belle Haven, East Palo Alto, North Fair Oaks, and Redwood City.We created the Community Fund at CZI to be able to respond to local community needs around education, housing, homelessness, immigration, transportation, and workforce development – priorities identified by local residents and groups as areas in need of greater support and investment.
The CZI Community Fund is one way we’re working towards building a more fair and inclusive world, starting here at home. There’s still plenty of work to do, but we’re excited to be taking the next step toward creating the community all Bay Area residents deserve.