Students leap in the air as they reach for their college dreams. Unsung Hero Rebecca Joseph’s feet are planted firmly on the ground, rooted in her life’s work to increase college access for first–generation students. Rebecca trains aspiring teachers to serve as advocates for their students on the path to higher education. She travels across the country giving workshops about college readiness and success to thousands of parents, students and educators. Rebecca’s reach extends into the internet through getmetocollege.org, an online guide she created to help navigate the college admissions process.

“I get emotional about the idea of breaking cycles together. But one person is not enough,” she said. “I work with hundreds of teachers and counselors, so our power is multiplied, helping thousands and thousands of kids succeed in school and get to college.”

Dedication. Partnership. Drive. We believe the qualities that shine brightly in Rebecca Joseph’s work are essential ingredients to create lasting impact in our region.

The next few pages of our annual report provide a snapshot of the work the California Community Foundation has led in our 10 priority areas, with a spotlight on our efforts in permanent supportive housing, citizenship and the completion of our 10-year Community Building Initiative in El Monte. The achievements in each of these priority areas are made possible through the dedication and partnership of our grantee nonprofit organizations, donors and community and government leaders. Together, we are building a stronger community and a better Los Angeles County.

2015-2016 Annual Report