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10 bright ideas for a better Bay Area

Nonprofits shared their bright ideas for a better Bay Area. We asked you to vote for your favorites. The top four winners received a $500,000 grant and six additional finalists each received $250,000. Explore these inspiring projects and get involved.

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About the challenge

15 Bay Area finalists

Every nonprofit brings extraordinary value and promise to the Bay Area. They impact our community in different ways - from microfinance for small business owners to education through hip hop, to restoration of our shoreline. These fifteen were awarded grants of $100,000 to continue their inspiring work, and to help make an even better Bay Area.

Community advisors

Meet our panel of community advisors. Together we reviewed submissions and selected the Bay Area Top 10.

  • Honorable Aida Alvarez

    Chair, Latino Community Foundation and Former Administrator, US Small Business Administration

  • Jacquelline Fuller


  • Secretary Norman Mineta

    Former Mayor of San José and Former US Secretary of Transportation

  • Chief Teresa Deloach Reed

    Fire Chief, City of Oakland

  • Reverend Cecil Williams

    Founder and Minister of Liberation, Glide Memorial United Methodist Church

  • Barry Zito

    Major League Baseball Player and Philanthropist