Dear Friends and Supporters,
When we launched the Reinvent Stockton Foundation (RSF) in 2017, it was to build hope and expand opportunity by investing in Stockton’s people. Informed by our experiences in this beautiful, diverse, high-potential city, the RSF team envisioned a world in which all children receive the support needed to succeed in college, in careers, and in their communities. Rooted in the insights and guidance of local educators, community organizers, faith-based leaders, and policymakers, we knew that for our community to improve, we would need to build a world-class cradle-to-career continuum of support, and that we needed bold philanthropic institutions in our community to launch this work.
In the past four years, we have been single handedly focused on building the conditions that ensure critical needs are addressed for all Stockton residents, particularly young people. The Foundation was founded initially in 2017 to provide a fiscal home for a $20 million donation to launch Stockton Scholars, a city-wide college access and postsecondary scholarship program that to date has distributed over $1,000,000 in grant funds to thousands of students; we are now the largest single non-university provider of private scholarships in Stockton. In addition, in the time since we have helped to build broader education, civic engagement, and economic programs including Stockton Service Corps, Stockton Economic Empowerment Demonstration (SEED), Mayors for A Guaranteed Income (MGI), the Stockton Youth Development Planning Group (YDPG), and the Stockton Strong COVID-19 Response Coalition.
We are already beginning to see promising results – most notably in double-digit growth in financial aid completion rates among students, significant increases in philanthropic investment overall, and a changing narrative about what is possible in Stockton. This impact report outlines some of the ways we are measuring this change. But there is still important work to do.
2020 exposed glaring and long-standing inequities in communities like Stockton, but has also given us glimpses of hope that a more just community and world are possible. We continue to stand in solidarity with our students in asserting that Black Lives Matter, and supporting efforts to build educational, economic, public safety, and civic systems that result in equitable opportunities for all. As our community starts its long recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, we remain committed to working to ensure that all of our neighbors are able to live healthy and safe lives. RSF will continue to invest in our city’s people by cultivating innovative community responsive programs and policies that enhance educational, economic, and civic opportunities for Stockton’s historically marginalized communities.
I hope you will join us in this work.
Lange Luntao (Executive Director Jan 2017 – Feb 2021) & Nik Howard (Executive Director effective March 2021), on behalf of the RSF team.
Download the full Annual Report HERE.