Strive for Change Foundation (formerly the 1200 Foundation) is a non-profit organization committed to supporting innovative local programs that help the working poor in the East Bay achieve economic self-sufficiency.

  • The Founder's Story

    "When I was small, my own family would have been labeled 'the working poor.' We lived in public housing in Richmond. My father worked in an "ice house" making ice. We had one used car that my father serviced and repaired himself. My mother stretched my father's small check as far as she could. She made shirts for me and skirts and blouses for my sisters. We rarely ate out."

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  • *United Way Self-Sufficiency Report, 2009

  • Thank You to Mah Jongg Players and Sponsors!

    To all the Mah Jongg players and sponsors who participated in our Third Annual Mah Jongg with Meaning Tournament this fall, THANK YOU!

    Your participation helped us raise more than $10,000 for the Strive for Change Foundation, and 100% of the proceeds will go to help the working poor in Alameda and Contra Costa counties.

    Congratulations to the winners!
    Patty L., 1st place – 255 points
    Patricia M., 2nd place – 240 points
    Fern L., 3rd place – 225 points

    Hand clapping for our wonderful sponsors and underwriters!

    Ace Hardware, Piedmont
    Anian Petit Tunney, The Grubb Company
    Jain Williams, State Farm Insurance
    Kostum on Piedmont Avenue
    MB Jessee
    Piedmont Grocery
    Quality Body & Fender
    RINA Accountancy Corporation
    Sotheby’s, Taylor & Cory
    Type A Advertising Group

    Join us
    Please join us in our efforts to instill hope in the working poor, who are our neighbors in the East Bay.  Give whatever you can, whenever you can.  We welcome donations of any amount.


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