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As a nonprofit organization (EIN 26-0417563), we take great pride in our commitment to continually enhance programs and services and improve the well-being of our community.  Our mission, to empower underrepresented communities through immigration services, equitable educational opportunities, and social justice, has helped countless people over the last 16+ years.

Our ability to innovate, maintain excellence, and facilitate change is a growing expense that depends largely on philanthropic support from generous individuals, corporations, and foundations – for which we thank you wholeheartedly!

Restricted Funds

Education – Every year children and students benefit from the generous philanthropic support of donors who support our Education Department. Philanthropy is crucial to providing services such as parent education, economic justice, and our renowned Empowerment Fellowship Program for college students. 

Immigration – Immigration fuels the Central Valley and the country by increasing the labor force and the productive capacity of the nation. To achieve this, valuable immigration services are necessary. A strategic investment in this work ensures our future efforts will remain strong and continue progressing as the needs of the immigrant community evolve. 

Annual Fund

The Annual Fund was established in response to our historic commitment to create long-term sustainability through financial stability and educational opportunity for the residents who call the Central Valley their home. This permanent fund, created under the authority of the Board of Directors, will further the organization’s vision of becoming an inspiring model of service to the community through advocacy, social justice, innovation, and sustainability locally and globally.

Donations to the Annual Fund are used to support the full spectrum of needs and priorities of the Foundation. This powerful fund touches every aspect of our mission with underrepresented communities at the center of our work. When you make a gift to the Annual Fund, you join other philanthropic and generous individuals in helping to transform Central California communities through equitable immigration and education services.

To learn more, contact Matias Bernal, Executive Director at

Corporate Giving & Sponsorships

Foundation and Corporate support is paramount to the services and programs we continue to provide. Foundations and Corporations are invited to donate throughout the year, and all gifts will be recognized in our annual impact report following the close of our fiscal year.

We are currently soliciting Foundation and Corporate support for our Winter Soirée, scheduled for January 2024. This inaugural event will be the Foundation’s signature donor event and will highlight the efforts and impact of our Education Department. For a full list of sponsorship opportunities, please check back in August 2024.

Matching Gifts

Some employers match donations their employees make to charitable organizations, which can be an easy, powerful way to double your impact. To see if your employer matches, reach out to your HR department and they will be able to guide you through the process. Once you have submitted the matching request form, please let us know by emailing

Memorial & 

Donating to ELF is a meaningful way to honor or remember someone special. Your gift reflects the wonderful impact that this person has had in your life and is a perfect way to remember them and share that love with others. It also helps to continue their legacy of having an impact by helping our cause to better the lives of those in the community. Please be sure to put the name and address of the person who the In Memorial or Honor of is for in the additional information box. All in memorial and honor of will be listed on our website and in our Annual Report to Donors.

Retirement OR

List “Education & Leadership Foundation” as a beneficiary on your retirement or life insurance plan.


Every dollar raised provides meaningful change through direct services and/or advocacy at the local and state levels. There are a few different ways to fundraise for ELF, and you learn more by clicking the button below.

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