Investing in our Future

Proud to have raised over $2.6 million in support of underserved youth in the Bay Area.

Beneficiaries – How We’re 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.

Our Mission - Children Studying in School

2023 Beneficiaries

826 Valencia supports over 5,000 under-resourced students ages 6-18 with their writing and helps teachers inspire students to write. Our individualized tutoring creates great leaps in learning as students build strong writing skills needed for future success.

Educator Nínive Calegari and acclaimed author Dave Eggers founded 826 Valencia in 2002 to address educational inequities in San Francisco by offering free tutoring and individualized writing support for students in under-resourced communities.

Over 20+ years, we’ve honed a robust range of writing, tutoring, and publishing programs–all free of charge–for K-12 students, and our 11 partner schools in San Francisco. Our services include in-school and after-school writing support, storytelling and podcasting field trips, individualized tutoring and literacy support, summer camps, writing and publishing workshops, internships, youth leadership development programs, and college scholarships. We publish students in professionally designed books, and showcase our students’ writing and podcasts for audiences worldwide.

We provide a creative environment that cultivates imagination and wonder at our three 826 Writing Centers in San Francisco’s Mission, Tenderloin, and Mission Bay neighborhoods. Each 826 Writing Center has a whimsical storefront. Our Mission Center has the iconic Pirate Supply Store. Our Tenderloin Center is home to King Carl’s Emporium, featuring souvenirs curated by King Carl, a traveling royal pufferfish. Our Mission Bay Center’s store, Woodland Creatures Outfitters, Ltd, caters to forest creatures and mythical beasts. Our stores’ child-centered atmosphere lets students know that 826 is no ordinary program; we are a fun adventure where imagination reigns.

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SMART champions education equity by supporting students in overcoming systemic barriers on their journey to a college degree.

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Founded by Stephen and Ayesha Curry in 2019, Eat. Learn. Play. launched with a focus on improving the lives of kids and families in Oakland, the Bay Area and across the country. Rooted in three of the most vital pillars for a healthy childhood—nutrition, education and physical activity—Eat. Learn. Play. is working to ensure that every child in Oakland has access to the nutritious food they need to be healthy and thrive; resources to learn and love to read; and safe places and equitable opportunities to play. The organization, which is anchored around the message that children are our future, is committed to developing partnerships and initiatives that make a positive impact for generations to come.

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Thank You to Our 2023 Sponsors

Over $2.6 Million Raised

to support Bay Area organizations focused on improving educational opportunities and life outcomes for underserved youth.

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