Frequently Asked Questions
How did BALF begin?
In 2001, while serving as the Publisher of the East Bay Business Times, Vintage Foster founded the East Bay Leadership Foundation on the premise that talented, yet disadvantaged youth needed the opportunity and support to achieve a better life through education. He believed that by inspiring and supporting motivated students who would otherwise lack the access or means to enjoy a college education, doors for greater opportunities would be opened for these individuals. Foster also emphasized the importance of involving business, community and educational leaders in bringing this program to life. Read more about Foster’s inspiration here.
Is BALF a charity?
The Bay Area Leadership Foundation is a 501(c)3 charity registered under the name of East Bay Leadership Foundation. The Foundation operates as the Bay Area Leadership Foundation, and is registered as so in California. Tax ID# 68-0482517. Donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.
Why the name change?
When, in 2007, the San Jose School District became part of the organization’s service area, the organization changed its name to the Bay Area Leadership Foundation.
How is BALF governed?
BALF is governed by a five-person board of directors.
Where do the donations go?
100% of new funds donated will go directly toward the family of scholarship funds. If funds are not designated toward a particular class, they are directed to the scholarship sub-fund with the most urgent need.
Are there specific scholarships I can donate to?
Yes! We currently have four dedicated scholarship funds, as well as a general fund:
- The entering class of 2013.
- The entering class of 2014.
- The entering class of 2015.
- The Terrence Thurmond Fund. BALF partners with the siblings of the late Terrence Thurmond to honor his memory through a scholarship fund dedicated to BALF students with financial need who wish to attend San Jose State, Terry’s beloved alma mater, and students from West Contra Costa County, the family’s home base.
- The General Fund, supporting students with extraordinary financial need.
You may also establish a fund in your name.
Where an I see your financial reports?
Please visit http://www.guidestar.org. Guidestar is an information service specializing in reporting on U.S. nonprofit companies. There you can review BALF’s financials, IRS 990 filings, and other information. We are proud to have earned the Guidestar Exchange seal, signifying our commitment to transparency, and to providing up-to-date, reliable data about our organization.
Where does BALF operate?
We have partnered with four schools over the last few years: Emery Secondary School, Emeryville; Pittsburg High, Pittsburg; Kennedy High, Richmond; and Piedmont Hills High in San Jose. We serve students that attend these schools.
How many students have participated in the program?
As of Spring 2013, BALF has supported almost 200 students from Richmond, Vallejo, Oakland, Pittsburg, and San Jose.
What is BALF’s mission?
The Bay Area Leadership Foundation provides low-income, high-potential high school students with the support and resources needed to achieve success in high school, college and beyond.
What are the objectives of BALF?
• Increase student success for college and careers.
• Encourage students through BALF scholarships.
• Help students navigate and maximize the financial aid and scholarship application process.
What population does BALF serve?
We serve low-income, high-potential seniors in our partner schools. Most are from backgrounds traditionally under-represented in higher education, and the majority will be the first in their family to attend college. We do not focus on the perfect 4.0 student; the majority of our students are in the 2.8 -3.2 GPA range. While we look at academic performance, their demonstrated motivation to succeed will give these students, not just top achievers, the opportunity to be college ready if given the attention and support.
What is the ethnic and gender composition of your students?
Currently, BALF’s entire cohort in both high school and college is 44% Latino, 31% African American, 20% Asian and 4% white/mixed race. Current program students are 64% female and 36% male.
What are your enrollment results?
As of Fall 2013, BALF was supporting 26 students in college.
Class of 2013:
9 students graduated from the high school program
100% will enter colleges that include UC Berkeley, UC Davis, De Anza College, San Francisco State, and Southern University at Baton Rouge.
Class of 2012:
5 students graduated in 2012 and entered Alabama State, San Jose State, Foothill College, University of Arizona, and Los Medanos College.
Class of 2010:
16 graduated in 2010, and entered college
How can I contact BALF?
Write us at:
Bay Area Leadership Foundation
PO Box 3883
Oakland, CA 94609
Call us at 510-622-7881
Send us an email.