20 Years Driving Economic Mobility


  • Nov20

    Shop Small, Invest Big + Opportunity Fund Holiday Gift Guide

    Posted on Nov 20, 2014 by Alma Elizondo-Bailey

    Check out our holiday gift guide and business directory for great ideas that will delight and impress your friends and family. This holiday season shop small and invest big. Buy from local businesses and make an impact in your community.

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  • Nov18

    [Event Recap] National Journal's The Next America: Inclusion Economy

    Posted on Nov 18, 2014 by Caitlin McShane

    National Journal convened a summit on the Inclusion Economy, underwritten by MasterCard, as part of its Next America series. Local opinion leaders joined a robust discussion about minority economic empowerment and financial inclusion. We explored questions such as: How can the country close its widening wealth gap? What investments and innovations are working to improve minority access to key monetary services? What is the government's role in moving the country's underserved populations into the financial mainstream? And what lessons can be learned from recent demographic developments in San Francisco?

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  • Oct22

    Celebrating 20 Years of Opportunity (Gala event recap)

    Posted on Oct 22, 2014 by Caitlin McShane

    On October 18, 2014 Opportunity Fund's community gathered to celebrate 20 Years of Opportunity at our gala in Redwood City. Two hundred fifty supporters came out for an incredible evening that included 'Opportunity Funded' businesses throughout the event. We had fun. We raised funds. And we felt incredibly inspired to help close the gap between dreams and opportunity for so many hard-working people in California.

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  • Oct08

    Reporting on Impact: Saving for Citizenship

    Posted on Oct 08, 2014 by Jenna Boyer

    In 2008, Opportunity Fund launched Saving for Citizenship, a 5-year initiative to help low-income Silicon Valley residents develop financial skills while saving to pay the fees to become U.S. citizens. Saving for Citizenship was the first program in the country to define citizenship as an asset, providing savings incentives and money management training to immigrants whose only barrier to obtaining citizenship was the steep $680 application fee. Generously funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Saving for Citizenship helped more than 900 immigrants obtain U.S. citizenship. As part of our commitment to evaluating the impact of our programs, Opportunity Fund contracted ICF International to conduct a comprehensive, integrated, longitudinal evaluation to measure the outcomes of Saving for Citizenship on participating families. What we learned is highlighted in a report we’re releasing today.

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  • Oct01

    Gina Diaz and Arthur Johnson join Board of Directors

    Posted on Oct 01, 2014 by Caitlin McShane

    Gina Diaz and Arthur Johnson join Board of Directors

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  • Sep30

    Uneven Gains in Current Economic Expansion

    Posted on Sep 30, 2014 by Eric Weaver

    Economist Pavlina Tcherneva published new research on the growing gap in income inequality in America. Her chart, published in the Journal of Post Keynsian Economics, showing the data is burning up the internet / economics / Twittersphere. We're all aware of the income gap, but this chart illustrates just how far the process has accelerated of late. I, for one, am troubled.

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  • Sep29

    Opportunity Fund Continues Expansion into Southern California With New Regional Vice President, Ranie Lambe

    Posted on Sep 29, 2014 by Caitlin McShane

    In August we welcomed Ranie Lambe to Opportunity Fund’s team as our Southern California Regional Vice President.

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  • Sep23

    How to Have a ‘Financially Positive’ College Experience

    Posted on Sep 23, 2014 by Gwendy Donaker Brown

    Research has consistently shown that, on average, the value of a bachelor’s degree is worth well upwards of $1M in additional lifetime earnings. But as we know, averages don’t tell the whole story. For many people, the financial benefits of college don’t appear to outweigh the costs.

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  • Sep12

    Helping Small Businesses Avoid Debt Traps: One Loan at a Time

    Posted on Sep 12, 2014 by Gwendy Donaker Brown

    In June, CFED launched an open call for solutions to discover and highlight strategies that address the key financial challenges facing microbusiness owners. We’re thrilled to recognize the Opportunity Fund as one of ten stellar submissions for their creative interventions and begin to explore opportunities to further their work. Each idea was evaluated to assess feasibility, viability, perceived propensity for scale, innovativeness and relevance, in terms of its potential to address financial challenges or expand financial capability of microbusiness owners.

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  • Sep03

    Celebrating the milestones of Opportunity

    Posted on Sep 03, 2014 by Alma Elizondo-Bailey

    As we continue to celebrate Opportunity Fund's 20th Anniversary throughout 2014, this month we're marking all the milestones, heroes and miracles along the way that have helped make Opportunity Fund the award-winning cause that's driving economic mobility in California today, while breaking all the records and breaking all the rules!

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