Our Donors & Partners

Quest Foundation

For over a decade, the Quest Foundation has supported communities globally as well as right here in the Bay Area, with a focus on broadening educational opportunities. In 2017 they extended their partnership to Community Reading Buddies, and the quest to make literacy thrive in Oakland.

Rogers Family Foundation

The Rogers Family Foundation is committed to improving educational opportunity and supporting organizations that align themselves in improving the quality of education amongst Oakland students. One of the three key initiatives set by the foundation in order to close the achievement gap is investing in early literacy for children of low-income families.

Clorox Corporation Foundation

The Clorox Company Foundation provides grants to local programs in Oakland, CA that contribute to youth and education development. Our Youth Mentors are given support by the foundation for leadership development in addition to improving the academic performance of children, especially in literacy. Together we strive to promote positive relationships among youth from diverse cultural and ethnic groups.

Charlie and Karen Couric Donor Advised Fund of the East Bay Community Foundation

In an era of declining public funding for quality PreK in underserved communities, the Charlie and Karen Couric Donor Advised Fund stepped into the breach to make Community Reading Buddies’ expansion into 40% more Oakland classrooms a reality. We, and the children of Oakland, are greatly indebted to their care and generosity for Oakland’s youngest and most vulnerable.

The Barrios Trust

The Barrios Trust (TBT) was founded in 1999 and continues to provide support within the Oakland community in the form of grants to youth-centered programs. It focuses on programs that encourage healthy habits of mind and body, nourish cultural diversity and educate the whole child.

West Davis & Bergard Foundation

A new foundation in the San Francisco Bay Area supporting Community Reading Buddies with purchases of books and funding curricula.


Community Reading Buddies could not run without the support of volunteers, youth mentors, and the families that donate generously to meet the basic costs of the program. Any and all contributions are greatly appreciated to sustain the needs of the program. You can donate here!

Tandem Partners in Early Learning

Tandem Partners in Early Learning is rooted in the belief that high-quality early learning and strong family bonds can break the cycle of poverty and build brighter futures for children. We are grateful to partner with Tandem for volunteer training and the program’s Family Reading Celebrations, such as the one pictured below.

Mechanics Bank

Mechanics Bank is a community bank that has been serving the Bay Area since 1905.  The bank is committed to early childhood literacy and is a proud donor of Community Reading Buddies.

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