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.
"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."
Achieving Change: The Strive for Change Foundation Story
East Bay Focus
Poverty is not only pervasive around the globe but exists in the community around us. The Strive for Change Foundation offers an opportunity to help the working poor right here in the East Bay. We do the homework for you to find effective, local organizations that provide job training and skills to build futures. Learn more about the diverse organizations we support.
100% of Donations
One hundred percent of donations go directly to East Bay organizations that support the working poor. All operating expenses are covered by the Board of Directors so that every dollar you donate can go to people in need. Donate Today.
In 2016, the Strive for Change Foundation made $102,000 in grants to 10 nonprofit organizations that provide job and career training to the working poor. These organizations included The Bread Project; Cypress Mandela Training Center; Green Energy Training Services (GETS) of Rising Sun Energy; Kitchen of Champions; Lao Foundation; Opportunity Junction; Rubicon; Stride Center; Wardrobe […]
The 2017 “Mah Jong with Meaning” date has been set! Mark your calendars for Thursday, October 5, 2017 and come play your favorite game while raising money for our worthwhile organization. More details will follow soon.
Strive for Change Foundation started the new year off with two new Board members from Piedmont — Megan Nakahara and Cathy Meyer. Nakahara recently retired from the Piedmont Unified School District after a 15-year career as a para-educator for the District and an administrative assistant at Beach Elementary School. An active volunteer throughout her life, Nakahara […]