playmakers

50 Weeks. 50 Grants. 50 Playmakers
The 50 Fund’s Playmakers program recognized the herculean efforts of community-based Bay Area nonprofits and the people who make those impacts possible.
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FACES for the Future is an internship and leadership development program for high school juniors and seniors from Southern Alameda communities interested in health careers. FACES has recognized Dr.Tomás Magaña as their Playmaker. A practicing pediatrician, he is the Director of the FACES for the Future Coalition at the Public Health Institute and devotes himself to the helping vulnerable youth find a path while working to diversity the health workforce.

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Cope’s Family Center works to prevent & address the root causes of child abuse and neglect so that children have the opportunity to reach their greatest potential. Cope nominated Executive Director Joelle Gallagher as their Playmaker. Joelle began volunteering with Cope in ’99 and was so passionate about the impact she could have, she joined the staff full-time & today now leads a team of 20 that serves the entire county of Napa. 

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Greenacre Homes & School provides residential, education and vocational training service for developmentally delayed and emotional disturbed males from ages 7-20, the majority of whom are coming from backgrounds of abuse and neglect. Greenacre provides a healthy and vibrant place for special needs boys to live and learn. Jesper Nordqvist, Greenacre’s special education vocational teacher, was recognized as their Playmaker.

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Our 11th 50 Fund Playmaker grant goes to the Oakland Public Education Fund, a nonprofit that serves the entire Oakland public school district and impacts 47,000+ students and their families each year. They have recognized Executive Director Brian Stanley as their Playmaker, who worked with the school district to lead the Oakland Schools Foundation through transformation into the now named Oakland Public Education Fund.

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This week’s Playmaker grant is going to GlobalGirl Media, a nonprofit focused on developing the voice and media literacy of young women by teaching them to create and share digital journalism. They recognized Co-Founder and Executive Director, Amie Williams, as their Playmaker, who not only runs the day-to-day operations of their global organization but is also spearheading their newest news bureau in Oakland. 

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Our ninth 50 Fund Playmaker grant goes to the California Alliance of African American Educators, a nonprofit focused on creating culturally conscious African American students who are life-long learners. They have recognized Program Director Gloria Whitaker-Daniels as their Playmaker for her work in expanding CAAAE’s STEM programing to more students, resulting in the doubling the Greene Scholars Programs over the past 6 years.

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