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Nonprofit Sector Development

Strengthening the collective East Bay nonprofit sector


The Y & H Soda Foundation is committed to building a strong, diverse and vital nonprofit sector in the East Bay.  To effect positive social change in addressing issues of poverty and inequity, we need high performing nonprofit organizations and skilled nonprofit leaders.  The Foundation invests in management support and leadership development resources that build the capacity of our local nonprofits.  

Our Strategies:

  • We invest in resources and efforts that strengthen and advance the collective capacity of the East Bay nonprofit sector through research, education, policy advocacy, convening, management support, training and technical assistance.
  • We support leadership development programs that provide high quality training, coaching and network-building opportunities for social change leaders.    

Our Desired Outcomes:

  • The East Bay has a diverse and thriving nonprofit sector. 
  • Community based organizations increase their effectiveness and impact in achieving their social change missions, especially as it relates to increasing participation and prosperity in the East Bay.



Grantee Spotlight


Nonprofit executive directors bear a huge responsibility in leading and managing their organizations, but often work in isolation and lack access to training and support that could help make them more effective leaders. Through a competitive application process, LeaderSpring selects a cohort of East Bay executive directors to participate in a two-year, intensive fellowship program to strengthen their individual and collective leadership. The program consists of monthly day-long gatherings, customized professional coaching, individualized study trips, retreats, and peer coaching. The curriculum focuses on progressive leadership and management topics, helping fellows to gain new skills and tools that yield practical and immediate results in their work (i.e. fund development, working with boards, finance, leadership transitions, and managing staff), as well as strengthening their leadership skills in working with their boards, staffs, clients, and other key stakeholders. The peer-to-peer learning not only supports the increased efficacy of fellows at leading their individual organizations, but also has created a growing network of committed social sector leaders who are working together to increase equity in the East Bay.  





LeaderSpring fosters a powerful, equity-driven social sector by strengthening leaders and organizations, developing communities of leaders, and transforming the systems in which they work.  Its 2-year Fellowship Program provides executive directors with critical tools and resources to strengthen their personal and organizational leadership.



CompassPoint Nonprofit Services increases the impact of nonprofit community-based organizations and the people who work and volunteer in them.  CompassPoint provides a range of high-impact capacity building services, including training, consulting, coaching, conferences, research, and advocacy for the nonprofit sector.


Taproot Foundation

The Taproot Foundation drives social change by leading, mobilizing, and engaging business professionals in pro bono service to nonprofit organizations. Teams of Taproot volunteers strengthen nonprofit effectiveness by providing expertise in marketing, design, technology, management and strategic planning.



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