Centering Community Healing

Centering Community Healing Guest Post - Jason Lacsamana, Director, Programs and Partnerships Community healing isn't a trending industry buzzword. It's necessary work. The definition is fluid, but funders understand they can't keep making investments and designing strategies using the same methodologies. Communities continue to struggle, even as SJF shifted to a power-building focus. If we

Rooted In Love: Cultivate to Illuminate Initiative Partners

Rooted In Love: Cultivate to Illuminate Partners Systemic inequities such as racism breed harm, violence, and oppression that jeopardize generational wellness, health, and safety. While some intervention methods help individuals heal, at St. Joseph Fund (SJF), we recognize the need to fight the systemic inequities that cause generational oppression, poverty, and collective trauma. Through

Illuminating Our Partners’ Stories

  Illuminating Our Partners' Stories In a world often overshadowed by challenges and systemic oppression, there comes an opportunity for community healing to forge power-building. St. Joseph Fund (SJF) proudly announces the "Cultivate to Illuminate: Community Healing and Resilience Initiative" to foster sustainable community growth and renewal at the individual, organizational, and systems level.  

Using Multi-Cultural Education to Unite Communities

Using Multi-Cultural Education to Unite Communities Guest post: Jason Lacsamana, Director, Programs and Partnerships Across the educational landscape, histories of different communities are ignored and withheld because a vocal minority deems fact-based history as a threat. Proposed bans on multicultural education that acknowledge and teach our history are the real threat to our communities. Learning

Healing Tides: NHPI Leadership + Renewal Initiative

Healing Tides: NHPI Leadership + Renewal Initiative Guest Post: Jason Lacsamana, Director, Programs and Partnerships   This month, the Fund starts our Healing Tides: NHPI Leadership + Renewal Initiative. Historically, Native Hawaiian Pacific Islander (NHPI) communities have received little attention or investment from philanthropy while also experiencing critical need. While the Fund's equity lens highlighted

Rooted in Love: South Park Coalition

  Rooted in Love: South Park Coalition   The South Park Coalition uses collective power to advocate for and improve their underserved community. South Park is a small community near Santa Rosa in Sonoma County, Calif. 43% of the approximately 3,300 residents are Latino, and 21% live below the poverty level. One of the Fund’s

The New College Crisis

The New College Crisis Guest Post - Jason Lacsamana, Director, Programs and Partnerships   For many students, September is a month of excitement and anticipation. For some individuals and their family units, “try hard, work hard, and you’ll be okay” doesn’t apply. Several factors outside of the classroom impact their current and future well-being. Parents,

The Summer Struggle

The Summer Struggle Guest Post - Jason Lacsamana - Director, Programs and Partnerships Not every family is an "all hands on deck" family. Some families have two parents working full time or beyond full time. A staggering number of families in the United States (23%) have only one parent at home. As hard as it

Meet My Dad

Meet My Dad Guest Post - Gabriela Robles, Chief Executive The oldest of seven kids, with six younger sisters, I always joke that Fermin Robles, my dad, was born a feminist. He was never macho and never imposed any barriers on my siblings and me. He always wanted us to thrive – and still does

Grounded in Healing – The Fund’s New Initiative

Grounded in Healing – The Fund’s New Initiative Guest Post - Jason Lacsamana, Director, Programs and Partnerships When The Fund refined our focus areas at the beginning of 2023, we intended to create the most impact. As we launch our newest initiative, Community Healing and Resilience, we hope our impact will be meaningful. Systemic inequities

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