Poverty

Alejandro Archiga, a student rising above.

Oakland Student Rising Above Poverty, Gets College Scholarship Thanks To ‘Better Chance’

When Alejandro Arechiga earned a scholarship to the prestigious College Prep High School in Oakland, it was like winning the lottery. He shares a two-bedroom apartment with five people and his single mom works very long hours as a house cleaner, often unable to afford food, tutoring, and school supplies, but now he is rising above.

“She comes home tired and it’s like, it’s been so many years of the same thing going on, just work and work and work,” Alejandro recalls. “It just definitely makes me want to strive to be better so I can help her out.”

05/13/2014

Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

$10 Million Raised In Two Months As Part of Salesforce CEO’s Anti-Poverty Campaign

Salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff’s SF Gives initiative raised $10 million in two months as part of an anti-poverty campaign with the help of 20 local companies.

05/07/2014

Technology Business Leaders Address Salesforce Conference

Salesforce.com CEO Urges Tech Firms To Give More As Company Marks 15 Years

Thousands crowded San Francisco’s waterfront on Friday, as Salesforce.com celebrated its 15th anniversary. Behind the celebration is a serious goal: fighting poverty.

03/07/2014

Facebook Headquarters

Silicon Valley Boom Eludes Many, Drives Income Gap

The widening income gap between the wealthy and those left behind is sparking debate, anger and sporadic protests.

03/06/2014

Jefferson Award winner Stacey Horowitz (right) seen on her travels (Horowitz Family Photo)

Jefferson Award Winner Creates Marketplace For Developing World Artisans

A Peninsula mother’s family trip to South America brought her face-to-face with families struggling in poverty. What she decided to do about it has earned her this week’s Jefferson Award in the Bay Area.

12/04/2013

Homeless Prenatal Program in San Francisco serves 3,500 families each year. (HomelessPrenatal.org)

Community Corner: San Francisco Nonprofit Investing In Homeless Families

For the past 24 years, women in the Bay Area who found themselves homeless and pregnant had a place to turn, thanks to a San Francisco resource center called the Homeless Prenatal Program. Over the years, their mission has expanded to move beyond prenatal care for mothers to holistic care for families.

11/03/2013

A Rising International pop up store. (Rising International)

Community Corner: Empowering Women From Afghanistan To San Francisco

A nonprofit that has been empowering women living in poverty around the world for the past 10 years is launching in the Bay Area.

10/13/2013

'Painted Ladies' of Alamo Square (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Study Says CA Job Program Helps Rich Cities Like San Francisco The Most

A new study critical of a program to encourage investment that creates jobs in disadvantaged parts of California has found that regions such as San Francisco that are already prospering tend to benefit the most.

06/07/2013

Mitt Romney (Photo credit: NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/GettyImages)

Opinion: Romney Denigrates 47% Not Paying Taxes As He Uses Loopholes Trying To Do The Same

Mitt Romney, if you want to talk about mooches and freeloaders that take advantage of the system then grow a spine and show America your tax returns. Let’s see what you really pay as a percentage. Let’s see what deductions you take. Let’s see how addicted to federal benefits you are.

09/21/2012

Romney Accepts Party Nomination At The Republican National Convention

Romney Says Leaked Fundraiser Remarks ‘Not Elegantly Stated’

Romney spoke to reporters Monday evening in a hastily called news conference after the emergence of a video in which the GOP presidential nominee told donors that almost half of American voters “believe that they are victims.”

09/17/2012

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