Community & Economic Development
We fund initiatives that 1) assist individuals and families in the Hill District, Uptown, and West Oakland to transition from poverty to self-sufficiency, and 2) contribute to community vibrancy and quality-of-life. Priority will be given to:
- Workforce development that links training to family-sustaining jobs. Youth employment initiatives that introduce young people to careers and foster a strong work ethic.
- Business incubators that support emerging resident-owned businesses and link entrepreneurship to market opportunities, resulting in job growth and wealth-building.
- Evidence-based initiatives that help families address the key barriers to self-sufficiency.
- Neighborhood initiatives that enhance community aesthetics and cultural vibrancy.
Story of Hope
Fund My Future
As a member of the Hill District Federal Credit Union, S. heard about the Fund My Future program through the institution’s advertising and decided to start a new habit that would benefit her family. Growing up, there wasn’t much emphasis on saving in her household.
“S. sees Fund My Future as a way to break the generational cycle of being uninformed about money.”
After a long time of saving loose change, she decided to open savings accounts for her five grandchildren and a niece. While the children are too young to fully understand how and why to save, a big goal for S. is to encourage them and their parents to actively and consistently participate in saving. S. feels a great sense of empowerment by creating a new, fun saving experience for her family.