About

Award-winning and innovative, Opportunity Fund is tackling economic inequality so that hard work and perseverance means a shot at getting ahead, not just struggling to get by.

Opportunity Fund believes that small amounts of money and financial advice can help people make permanent and lasting change in their own lives, driving economic mobility and building stronger communities.
 
Our core values - collaboration, responsibility, client focus, opportunity, innovation, and courage - guide our effort to build a more inclusive financial system.
 
Our strategy combines lending to small business owners and investing in real estate projects in underserved communities through new markets tax credits.
 
Our community of donors and investors helps to fund small businesses and build vibrant neighborhoods. Since 1994, our team has deployed $700 million and helped thousands of families earn, save and invest in their own futures.
 

Opportunity Fund has earned a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America's largest independent charity evaluator, for our commitment to accountability and transparency.

 

Faces of Opportunity

 

Mission
To drive economic mobility by delivering affordable capital and responsible financial solutions to determined entrepreneurs and communities.

Vision
We envision an inclusive world in which all entrepreneurs and communities have the opportunity to make their dreams come true.

 

 


Message from Founder, Eric Weaver

Eric Weaver-OpportunityFund CEOAt the beginning - when Opportunity Fund was just an idea - we didn’t know if small amounts of money and financial advice could be enough to enable people to make big changes for the better. But I believed there was a way for working people to achieve life goals that once seemed out of reach, simply because they didn’t have the financial means or know-how. Since 1994, we have seen individuals grow small businesses that provide sustainable incomes, care for themselves and their families in ways they only dreamed - by buying a house or sending their children to college - and create jobs in their communities. Most tell us that they could not have done it without the help Opportunity Fund provided. But to me, it’s clear: all our clients needed was your belief in them and a chance to succeed.

I am proud that Opportunity Fund’s investors and staff recognize that entrepreneurship, hard work, and ideas—the pillars of Silicon Valley businesses—are also the pillars of its lower income communities. Together, we are building a diverse, vibrant community where opportunity, knowledge, and access to capital are within reach for everyone living in California and beyond.