Anonymous Donor Gives $34 Million to One of California’s Poorest Cities

Anonymous Donor Gives $34 Million to One of California’s Poorest Cities

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How does someone give a “transformative” gift to preschoolers and African-American students, low-income renters and ex-prisoners, all at once with the stroke of a pen?

The generosity of a mystery donor will do exactly that in Oakland, California after the city received an anonymous gift of 34 million dollars.

The donation came with a request that it be invested jobs, housing, education and health care and that the money be “in the streets” by the summer.

At least 17 organizations will benefit, including $6 million to the city’s public schools to support early childhood education and African-American student achievement.dolphin photo by Sun Star

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The San Francisco foundation handling the donation estimates that 2,500 jobs will be created and 731 new affordable housing units built citywide–with the focus on the poorest neighborhoods in East Oakland.

Other nonprofits that will get funding include health clinics, technology training for struggling youth, and job support for ex-cons to help them get back into the workforce.

In announcing the cash gift, Mayor Libby Schaaf thanked the “generous soul” for recognizing the potential of the city, but would not provide any additional information on the mystery donor.

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