Making a Difference

The Sohn San Francisco Investment Conference is presented by the Excellence in Investing for Children’s Causes Foundation (EICCF) to support its mission of  improving graduation rates and enrollment in college and vocational training amongst underserved Bay Area high schoolers. 

The EICCF  financially supports carefully vetted charitable or program assistance organizations. These beneficiaries are vetted for their effectiveness in working with the students and schools they partner with and assist, as well as the efficiency of their administrative expenses.

Our beneficiaries are a diverse group, reflecting our belief that at its core, good education improves literacy and numeracy but also the ability to engage in different social and work settings. Thus, our target organizations support both curricular and extra-curricular activities. Their activities range from science and literacy programs to after-school sport and theater, or lower the burden of college fees through advice, guidance and financial assistance.  Others serve  marginalized or at-risk youth by building communities, providing housing, and  behavioral coaching and support. 

A portion of the proceeds from the annual Sohn San Francisco Investment Conference also benefit our partner, The Sohn Conference Foundation, in their dedicated efforts towards finding new treatment and a cure for pediatric cancer and related childhood diseases.

2018 Beneficiaries

Community Education Partnerships

Community Education Partnerships (CEP) is a nonprofit, community-based organization whose mission is to increase the learning opportunities and enhance the academic achievement of homeless youth in the Bay Area.

According to a recent article in The Washington Post, “California, the most populous state, had the largest number of homeless children: more than 310,000, or 23 percent of the national total…Student homelessness also is more prevalent there than in almost any other state: Nearly 1 in 20 children in California experienced homelessness during the 2013-2014 school year.” According to the Institute for Children, Poverty, and Homelessness, homeless youth are significantly less likely than their peers to be proficient in math and reading in elementary school. Not surprisingly, the graduation rate for homeless youth in California is less than 25%, which has terrible consequences for both the diploma-less students and the California economy.

CEP recruits and trains volunteers to provide high-quality, individualized one-on-one academic tutoring and mentoring for pre-kindergarten – 12th grade homeless students. As a lack of transportation presents one of the most significant challenges homeless children face in their education, CEP takes its services to the children. Thus, most of the tutoring and mentoring takes place in shelters, transitional homes, libraries, coffee shops – wherever volunteers can meet their students. CEP provides all of its students with grade-appropriate backpacks, school supplies, and books throughout the school year. Additionally, CEP offers opportunities for local homeless students to participate in extra-curricular enrichment activities like fieldtrips and CEP-hosted shelter-based activities, such as Summer Reading Clubs, Back to School Nights, Homework Clubs, and Family Reading Nights. In 2014, CEP launched an Early Literacy Campaign designed to provide targeted literacy support for pre-K – 3rd grade students, and in 2018, CEP launched its Digital Learning Campaign to help bridge the digital divide. Since 2010, CEP has provided educational support to over 600 homeless children in the Bay Area.

Life Learning Academy

Founded in 1998 by the Delancey Street Foundation, Life Learning Academy is a public charter high school in the San Francisco Unified School District serving youth who have not been successful in other schools. The school supports the social and emotional health of the Bay Area’s most disconnected youth and ensures their academic achievement, employability, and capacity to live a healthy, successful life in a nonviolent community based on the core principles of real-world learning, reciprocal restitution, and ‘each one teach one.’

Life Learning students have histories of truancy and school failure, requiring additional supports to achieve success. Independent evaluation has repeatedly found Life Learning to be a “profoundly effective program” with reduced student recidivism, incarceration, gang involvement, and substance abuse.

Despite Life Learning Academy’s tremendous success serving students with extensive needs, we cannot stand by as an increasing number of our students live in unstable conditions. To respond to the growing housing crisis among our students, Life Learning broke ground in March 2018 on a first-of-its-kind, no-fee school dormitory for marginally housed teens. The dorm will open in 2019. Our vision is to provide a structured, safe, supportive school and home environment for homeless, lost, and disconnected youth. Learn more at

New Door Ventures

In the San Francisco Bay Area, there are over 80,000 16 – 24 year-olds who are disconnected from education, employment and social supports needed to transition to adulthood. Without intervention, these young people are at high risk of becoming chronically unemployed and dependent on public aid for the rest of their lives. Founded in 1981, New Door Ventures helps disconnected youth overcome these barriers by providing the meaningful jobs, training, and personal support they need to succeed in the workplace and in the rest of life.

Employment: Through individualized case management, skill building workshops, educational support, and on-the-job learning, young people complete our 14-week program having mastered skills that help them land their next job. Youth intern at one of our two social enterprises (Pedal Revolution and Ashbury Images) or with one of our local business partners.

Education: 50% of all New Door youth enter without having completed high school. In May 2015, we launched a new high school equivalency program to help these young people earn a GED, HiSET or CHSPE. Our approach is highly individualized, teaching subject content alongside social-emotional learning, enrichment activities, and 1:1 tutoring.

Our program uses evidence-based, best-practice youth development strategies. Historically, over 90% of our program graduates are in school, working or both 6 months following graduation. If needed, we provide referrals for housing, mental health, food, clothing, legal services—whatever it takes to keep youth working and learning. When they finish with our program, youth have an open invitation to return for support. We are a learning organization with state of the art monitoring and evaluation of our work to ensure maximum effectiveness and impact. Learn more at

Past Beneficiaries

Alive & Free –
College Track –
FirstPlace for Youth –
Leadership Public Schools –
Pathways for Kids –
Squash Drive –
SEO Scholars San Francisco –

Gateway to College –
Generation Citizen –
Meritus College Fund –
Posse Foundation –
Summer Search –
City Year San Jose/Silicon Valley  –