Impact / Microsavings
- Only 8% of low income students graduate from college
- Students enroll in financial education classes
- Students start to save $20+ each month
- Donors match deposits 2:1 as savings grow
- Dreams come true
70% of savers are women
$19,548 Median household income
Opportunity Fund helped me achieve my college dream
Amount Saved: $6,000
Hometown: East Palo Alto, CA
"During high school there was no other option: I was going to college,” recalls Brianna. She grew up in East Palo Alto, where most of her peers drop out of school and don’t go to college. But Brianna stayed determined; she kept her grades up, had good ACT scores and looked into scholarships to fulfill her dream.
“When the financial aid forms arrived, I knew there was no way we could afford it.” Fortunately, Brianna learned about Opportunity Fund and immediately opened a savings account. “I couldn’t believe that somebody would match my savings 2:1 to help pay for tuition.” With Opportunity Fund’s help, Brianna became the first in her family to go to college, graduating with a Bachelors in Psychology from Prairie View University in Texas, an historically black university.
Brianna is now pursuing her Masters degree in School Counseling at San Francisco State University. “I want to become a high school counselor to motivate kids to go to college. Without Opportunity Fund, I would be in a hot mess of debt!” said Brianna.
A child is 7 times more likely to attend college if she has a savings account in her name.
“We believe education is the key to economic mobility, and consider Opportunity Fund’s Sobrato Savers program vital to helping disrupt the cycle of poverty for so many Silicon Valley families.” Rick Williams, CEO, Sobrato Family FoundationGive the Gift of opportunity