Current Projects

Programs Currently Fiscally Sponsored by the Foundation

Breakthrough Sacramento


Breakthrough Sacramento uses the power of education to radically change the lives of Sacramento’s youth in under-resourced schools, and inspires students who desire to become teachers.

Breakthrough Sacramento mentors and tutors students from under-resourced schools to navigate high school, select a college, and thrive in the college setting. Students join Breakthrough before 7th grade and receive ongoing support through high school completion. Breakthrough also inspires committed and talented high school and college students from around the country to teach younger students and to pursue careers in education.

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Quick facts:

  • Breakthrough Sacramento began serving students in the summer of 1994, and became a fiscally sponsored program in 2016
  • The Breakthrough model started in 1978 at San Francisco University High School to make the independent college preparatory school a school "for the city".

California Acceleration Project

The California Acceleration Project (CAP) is an initiative to increase the proportion of community college students who complete transfer requirements in math and English, and to decrease equity gaps for this early momentum point to degree completion. CAP has supported dozens of California community colleges to develop and offer English and Statistics pathways that reduce students’ time in remediation by at least a semester. These pathways align remediation with college-level requirements; use high-challenge, high-support pedagogy; and make no changes to the rigorous, transfer-level course. Hundreds of faculty have received in-depth training to offer these pathways, including in-person workshops, coaching, and online resources. 

Accelerated developmental education aims to increase the numbers of community college students who complete college-level gatekeeper courses in English and Math. At minimum, acceleration involves reducing the length of English and Math sequences and eliminating the exit points where students are lost by not passing, or not enrolling in, courses in the pipeline.

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  • Mainstreaming Students into College-Level Courses
  • Open-Access Integrated Reading and Writing Courses
  • Pre-Statistics Courses that Bypass the Traditional Algebra Sequence
  • Contextualized Instruction Embedded in Career-Technical Programs
  • Mechanisms for Bypassing Levels
  • Compression Models that Combine Levels of Existing Sequence

Quick facts:

  • Partnered since 2015
  • A study of the first cohort of 16 CAP colleges found that in effective models of accelerated English remediation, students’ odds of completing a gateway English course were 2.3 times greater than in traditional remediation; in accelerated math pathways, their odds were 4.5 times greater.

California AfterSchool Network



California AfterSchool Network (CAN) promotes quality in expanded learning programs. CAN provides out-of-school time practitioners, advocates, and community members with the resources and tools necessary to build high quality out-of-school time programs in California to achieve the vision that California boasts an abundance of high-quality out-of-school time opportunities that enable youth to maximize their potential. CAN provides multiple forums for out-of-school time stakeholders to build knowledge, skills, and leadership on issues affecting the out-of-school time field.
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  • Serve as a catalyst for high-quality out-of-school time programs.
  • Support and promote high quality out-of-school time programs throughout California by providing information and resources to after school practitioners, advocates, and community members to advance high quality after school programs.
  • Convene after school stakeholders and develop new after school leadership.

Quick facts:

  • Founded in 2006, CAN shifted fiscal sponsorship to the Foundation for California Community Colleges in 2015.
  • CAN is one of forty-one statewide networks of after school programs funded by the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation. The California Afterschool Network also receives funding from the California Department of Education.
  • A 30-member leadership team is comprised of representatives from organizations and agencies with expertise, leadership and an investment in expanded learning programs, public education, child and youth well-being, school-age child care, students with special needs, and English Language Learners.

California College Guidance Initiative

California College Guidance Initiative (CCGI) works to ensure that all 6th-12th grade students in California receive a systematic baseline of guidance and support as they plan, prepare, and pay for college. CCGI partners with K-12 school districts to support students, counselors, parents, and community-based organizations with technological tools that help guide the college planning and preparation process.

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  • Empower students to take control of their educational paths
  • Provide a continuum of support from K-12 to college

Quick facts:

  • Partnered since 2013

California Law



California LAW’s mission it so establish a pipeline of diverse students from high schools, community colleges, four-year institutions, and law schools into law or law-related careers so that the legal profession reflects the diverse population of the State of California.

California LAW consists of 14 high school law academies created under the California Partnership Academy model in partnership between the State Bar of California and the California Department of Education. Additionally, it includes members of the Community College Pathway to Law School Initiative, which provides mentoring and pre-law counseling for students looking for a clear pathway from community college to law school.

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Quick facts:

  • Partnered since 2016

Career Ladders Project

Career Ladders strengthens the role of Community Colleges in providing education and career advancement opportunities through research, policy initiatives, and strategic assistance. 

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  • Enhance workforce and economic development in California by increasing the supply of skilled workers
  • Establish a system of career ladders throughout the state that will provide all citizens, particularly low-income individuals, an opportunity to attain jobs that provide a living wage

Quick facts:

  • Partnered since 2003




DeepTok’s mission is to shatter boundaries and provide every student with access to real-world advice and resources they need to achieve their goals.

DeepTok provides virtual E-workshops, E-coaching, E-communities, and E-conversations with professionals for underrepresented college students who want to enter university programs that use science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and focus on careers in engineering and the health sciences, such as pharmacy, medicine, physical/occupational therapy, dentistry, optometry, public health, nursing, computer science, and engineering fields. Underrepresented students include first generation, educationally or economically disadvantaged, and ethnic minority students.

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Quick Facts

  • Partnered since 2016
  • Supported by a grant from the Walmart Foundation.

Dyslexia Connexion

Dyslexia Connexion's mission is to support policies and practices that improve access to education, information, and services for children and adults with dyslexia, recognize the strengths of people with dyslexia, and promote dyslexic pride.

The California-based network links people with dyslexia, researchers, policy makers, educators, advocates, youth, parents, and service providers to research, model policies, proven practices, funding opportunities and expert resources.


  • Reduce dyslexia-related barriers so people with dyslexia can participate fully in a world in which the ability to easily read and write is assumed.
  • Assist education systems to change, including shifting how educators are trained to support students who struggle to read and write, from pre-kindergarten through high school, college, and in adult education.
  • Improve access and awareness in other systems, such as health care, literacy programs, public benefit programs, workforce development programs, and other social services.

Quick facts:

  • Partnered since 2017

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Fiscal Sponsorships

Barbara Webster-Hawkins
Director of Grants Development and Fiscal Sponsorship
T: 916.325.0117

Michele Beyer
Fiscal Sponsorship and Grants Coordinator
T: 916.325.0122

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Community Colleges

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Who we serve

The Foundation serves as the official foundation supporting the Board of Governors, Chancellor’s Office, and the entire California Community College system, including 114 colleges and 72 districts, serving 2.1 million students.

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